Honda's Chris Vermeulen to Make Donnington Appearance

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
Castrol Honda's World Supersport championship rider Chris Vermeulen willcontest Sunday's opening round of the British Supersport championship atDonington Park and the 18-year-old is confident of success.

"I finished fourth and second in the two Donington Park rounds last year soI'd like to be on the podium at least on Sunday," said the Australian."We1re also using the Donington round as valuable test time before the WorldSupersport round there in May."

Vermeulen crashed out of ninth place in the opening World Supersport roundat Valencia, Spain on March 11...

and that series resumes at Phillip Island,Australia on April 22.

"I needed some testing before the Australian round so the timing of thisevent is perfect," added Vermeulen. "Michelin are also pretty keen to getsome test time at Donington, they reckon the Donington surface is similar toa couple of other tracks we have to race on in the world championship."

The British Supersport championship takes on a different format for 2001.After two 40-minute practice sessions on Friday the riders will have aSaturday morning qualifying session followed by the introduction of aone-lap Superpole competition for the fastest 12 riders.

Vermeulen commented: "The Superpole will be good fun and then Sunday's raceis over 16 laps, about nine laps short of the World Supersport race distanceat Donington Park but still good practice for me."

Vermeulen1s Castrol Honda CBR600F Sport (known as the CBR600F4i here in the 'States) machine will feature a number ofengine and exhaust improvements since its debut in Spain three weeks ago.

"The team have worked hard with the exhaust manufacturer Akrapovic andthey're also hoping to have one of the newly tuned engines ready forDonington," Vermeulen concluded.

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