Unlike 2015 when both team riders made it into the Showdown Phase, last year was just the opposite. It was a huge disappointment for TAS Racing team owners Philip and Hector Neill, as it was for long standing title partner, Tyco Security Products.
So as part of the team restructuring, TAS Racing have signed World Superbike regular & former FIM Superstock 1000 Champion, Davide Giugliano for his first season in BSB.
Seventh in last season’s World Superbike Championship, with best placings of second to Tom Sykes at Sepang, Laguna Seca & Donington Park, the task ahead for the Italian is formidable.
Davide has never raced a BMW before. He will have to adjust to riding BSB spec. (which outlaws launch control, traction control, anti wheelie), and whilst he may be familiar with Brands Hatch, Silverstone, Donington Park and Assen, he has certainly never ridden the likes of Cadwell & Knockhill!
Without doubt, he will rise to the challenge. He is a rider of immense ability. Truly exciting to watch, and win or lose – BSB fans will love him!
Alongside him is Christian Iddon who remains with the team for a second term.
Whilst only finishing 9th overall last year, he did show flashes of brilliance on a regular basis, particularly his double second place finishes at Oulton Park. If he can achieve some consistency, then he could be a serious Championship contender.
Completing the squad on both track & road is 14 time TT winner, 9 time Ulster Grand Prix winner & Runner up in last years National Superstock 1000 series – the ‘Bingley Bullet’, Ian Hutchinson.