BMW Motorrad BoxerCUP Donington preview

Round 6 of the BMW Motorrad BoxerCup 2004 takes place at Donington this weekend with more close racing that race fans the world over have now become eager to see. The grid of BMW R 1100 S machines will have their race on Sunday morning at 11.30,...

Round 6 of the BMW Motorrad BoxerCup 2004 takes place at Donington this weekend with more close racing that race fans the world over have now become eager to see. The grid of BMW R 1100 S machines will have their race on Sunday morning at 11.30, kicking off the race day action for the expected record crowd that will come to see the MotoGP action later in the afternoon.

Austria's Thomas Hinterreiter is the man on a roll with a lead in the points table of 27 points more than a win's worth - but Germany's Markus Barth will be working hard to win just as he did when the BMWs last came to Donington Park in 2002. American Brian Parriott won his home race at Daytona at the start of the year, Hinterreiter won at Le Mans, Belgian Stephane Mertens won a thrillingly close Mugello race, and Italian Roberto Panichi won last weekend's thriller at the Sachsenring to just try and keep hold of the front runners but it is rare that riders win more than two races in a season in the BMW Motorrad BoxerCup, so keep watching...

British interest is high with the BMW Motorrad GB squad of Richard Cooper, Barry Burrell and Calvin Hogan with their support from Pidcock Motorcycles a few miles up the road from Long Eaton. Richard won the British round last year when it was a support race for the BSB at Oulton Park, beating none other than David Jefferies to the top step. 'Mini' Cooper has a real chance to bag the win at Donington..

VIP riders include our favourite BSB star, Niall McKenzie who just cannot resist getting back on a bike! Gus Scott from TWO magazine is back too after doing a full season of the BoxerCup back in 2002.

The track has recently been resurfaced so the lap times are sure to tumble this weekend as the bumps that have plagued so many of the corners of the 2.5 miles circuit no having been resigned to the past. However, some of the best corners in the world remain untouched the Craner Curves down from Hollywood demand some of the best handling, commitment and bravery from the world's best riders. Lap times will be rewarded from the agility and strength of a rider through there.

The BMW Motorrad BoxerCup 2004 runs over eight races from March to October. Having been to Daytona, Le Mans, Mugello, Assen, Sachsenring and here at Donington, the flat twin machines move on to Brno in August and then the final MotoGP meeting of the year at Valencia. Who will be driving back from Valencia in a brand new BMW M3 Coupe as the winner's prize? With 18 teams coming from 10 countries, internationalism really encompasses this BMW Motorrad BoxerCup 2004.

BMW are also thinking of the future with the BMW YoungStar category for riders under 21 years of age. Frenchman Guillaume Dietrich heads the hunt for the brand New Mini Cooper. With a prize fund of 212,000 (£140,000+), a BMW M3 Coupe for the winner, a BMW Z42.2 for second, and the all new BMW RG 1200S for the third placed rider, it really is a stunning championship that produces stunning racing. Make sure you are in position first thing on Sunday morning for the BMW Motorrad BoxerCup 2004.

Timetable

Friday, July 23rd
18:10 18:40 Free Practice

Saturday, July 24th
17:15 - 17:451st Qualifying Session
19:00 - 19:302nd Qualifying Session

Sunday, July 25th
11:30 Race (18 laps)

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Series Other bike
Drivers David Jefferies , Guillaume Dietrich , Stéphane Mertens , Brian Parriott , Richard Cooper , Barry Burrell , Craner Curves