MOTORSPORT: CHAMPION racer Stu Wilson is on track for one of the biggest challenges of his motorsport career at Oulton Park next month.
The 23-year-old from Wistaston will line up with the best in the Pro-Bike Open at the Cheshire circuit on August 9 and 10.
He will also ride in the British Superstock event on August 10 - one of the support races for the British Superbike Championships.
Wilson, a former European BMX champion and seven-times club karting title holder, has his sights set on rising to the task and making an immediate impact.
'I will be looking to tussle for the lead in the two Pro-Bike Open races and finish in the top 10 in the British Superstock as it will be my first time at that level,' he said.
If he can achieve his aim, he will be on course to compete in the British Superbike Championships in 2004.
'The Superbike series is where I want to be next year,' he said. 'We have some good equipment and have access to expert advice from various sources but the biggest factor in 2004 is going to be the cost implications.
'We have had some support for the past two seasons but next year I really do need to push for some serious assistance and plan to write to almost every local company in the Cheshire and Staffordshire area to see if I can get some interest.'
Every round of next season's privateers' championship is to be televised, so maximum exposure is guaranteed.
Wilson said: 'The organisers of the series have now agreed to plough a load of money into the privateer series to ensure exposure and the depth of field so that the interest is maintained throughout the grid.
'As for the Superstocks, I can't wait.'