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Farmer faces one race shootout for fourth British title

THINGS couldn’t be much simpler for Keith Farmer this weekend. All he has to do is sit on Billy McConnell’s exhaust throughout Sunday’s final race of the season at Brands Hatch and he will be crowned Pirelli National 1000 Superstock champion for the second time.

However, he’s been in this situation before, including last season when he had to finish within a certain range of main rival Andrew Irwin to clinch the British Supersport crown, which was his third national short circuit title win.

Having achieved that feat and won the 600 Superstock championship in 2011 and the 1000 in 2012, the Clogher native knows how to win, but he also knows that things are never that straightforward in race situations.

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However, one thing he has learned over the last seven years is that to change your approach would be a big mistake.

“There’s only 25 points up for grabs, so in a sense all I have to do is follow Billy home,” he explained.

“It’s just going to be one of them, we’re not going to think about things any differently to any other weekend, just get on with the job.

“If you start to think of it as anything different, that’s when things can go wrong.

“Racing’s racing, though, but I was talking to my boss Philip [Neill] last week and he said ‘just go, do nothing different, think nothing different and go out, do what you need to do. Go and race your race because that’s all you can do!

“Billy has to win and I have to finish outside the top three, so I’m looking forward to it. All we can really do is go and enjoy the weekend because it will be what it will be.”

Should the Penrith-based Tyco BMW rider manage to complete the job at the weekend, the likelihood is that he will be mountng a Superbike in the premier class next year.

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