By Donington Park Hosts BSB Showdown! - 04/09/2011

The 2011 MCE British Superbike Championship has been an action-packed and gripping battle so far, and it‘s about to get even more exciting!

One of the most crucial rounds of the year takes place at Donington Park from September 9-11, one of three circuits hosting the season climax known as the Showdown, where the top six riders will compete on almost equal footing for the championship title.

No alt text

Swan Yamaha‘s Tommy Hill has a seven point advantage ahead of the final seven races of the season, as his double win at Cadwell Park edged him ahead of HM Plant Honda‘s Shane 'Shakey' Byrne who is vying for a third crown. However John Hopkins will return from injury on the Samsung Crescent Racing Suzuki and the former MotoGP ace will be determined to return to the podium after being sidelined through injury at Cadwell Park.

Just two points then separate the final three Title Fighters, as Michael Laverty on the second Swan Yamaha has a narrow one point advantage over Relentless Suzuki by TAS rider Josh Brookes, who is separated by the same margin from defending champion Ryuichi Kiyonari.

Championship leader Tommy Hill says: “It feels good to be leading the championship standings into the Showdown but this is racing and we know how fast things can change. The last time I rode at Donington Park was in 2007 but we know that we have a strong package with the Swan Yamaha and we are full of confidence ahead of the event. I am taking the Showdown race by race and we need to remain consistent... but not too consistent as every point is crucial and we need to be finishing ahead of the other Title Fighters to maintain our position.”

To witness this nail-biting spectacle for free, enter our competition to win one of ten pairs of weekend tickets (worth £30 each). All you have to do is answer the following question:

Who leads the BSB standings ahead of Donington Park?

a) Shane 'Shakey' Byrne

b) John Hopkins

c) Tommy Hill

Mail your answer by midday BST, Thursday September 8, to

One entry per person only, no entries from anyone associated with

For more information visit For news and updates follow @DoningtonParkUK on Twitter or visit

Donate to the Kevin Ash Fund

Kevin's funeral was held on Thursday 28th February 2013 and was well attended by family, friends and colleagues.

The Telegraph has very kindly established The Telegraph Kevin Ash Fund to assist with the education of Kevin's three daughters.

If you'd like to make a donation then you can use the PayPal 'Donate' button below which will allow you to donate from your PayPal account, or via credit or debit card. A small percentage (about 3.4%) will be retained by PayPal for the service.

PayPal gif

Kevin's family have been touched by the generosity and messages of support from people using the website and would like to express their gratitude to those who have contributed in any way.

The donations keep coming in, thank you so much, and the family especially like it when you leave a message.