Michael Rutter has admitted that he is in need of a big points haul at Brands Hatch this weekend to keep his hopes of qualifying for the Championship Showdown alive. The GP circuit will play host to a triple-header of races and the Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati rider admits that he needs to capitalise if he is to have any chance of closing the 23 point gap to sixth placed Josh Brookes.

“It feels like a long break since Oulton Park and this weekend couldn't really come soon enough. It was great to be back on the podium for the Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati team at Oulton Park but we know that we need to repeat that again this weekend in order to get closer to that top six. We have three races so there are plenty of points available we just need to work hard and get the best results we can. There are still six races before the Showdown so we need to do everything to be back on the podium this weekend.”

Teammate Martin Jessopp struggled last time out at Oulton Park as his weekend was blighted by an accident. The Yeovil man is excited to return to Brands this weekend though on what he has described as his favourite weekend of the year.

“I can't wait for the weekend as the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit has to be my favourite on the calendar and we have three races to get the best result we can for the Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati team. Oulton Park was a tough weekend and we want to put that behind us and build on what we learnt so far this season. The track has been a good track for us in the past and now we have had a few weeks' off I just want to get back out there.”