Weekend rivalry begins with old style competition.
A typical British sports day comprising several traditional events saw the stars of WorldSBK round 6 go head to head this morning, with Team GB vs Team ROW (Rest of World) in a fun competition that saw the sole UK round of the 2015 eni FIM Superbike Championship officially begin.
Each team consisted of four riders. Team GB brought together riders from 3 manufacturers, Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team), Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team) and Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) while the Rest of the World squad comprised Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team), Roman Ramos (Team Go Eleven), Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing) and Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) who was the 4th team member due to his Andorran residency.
Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils rider Leon Haslam was also present, but took up the role of official starter and referee following his recent Imola spill.
There was a single race of the following disciplines: Egg & Spoon race, Sack race and 3 Legged race, with points awarded to the first 3 in each. The points were then added together to give the overall winning team which after several highly entertaining close finishes saw Team GB crowned as Pre-Event champions, beating their rivals 11 points to 7.
Whilst Team GB triumphed in 2 of the races, Roman Ramos was impressive, convincingly winning the sack race much to the dismay of Tom Sykes who stumbled in the run in to the finish.
Today’s activities at Donington Park continue at 1630 local time with the official Press Conference.