Fresh from his podium in race one yesterday, Be Wiser Ducati’s Glenn Irwin added another one to his collection as well as a fourth placed finish from round nine of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Silverstone today to consolidate his Showdown status.
A hectic first few opening laps in the first 30-lap race around the 1.64-mile track saw Glenn shuffled down to ninth place and with plenty of work to do on the factory backed Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R, but he’d battled up to fifth by lap 20 and following drama on the final lap which saw both Jake Dixon and Tarran Mackenzie crash out, it allowed the 28 year old from Carrickfergus to claim the final podium position.
The second race of the day was only a lap old before it was red flagged due to a crash, but it was eventually restarted over 26 laps with Glenn starting from fourth on the grid. However, once again he found himself down the order in the early stages, but he was quickly up into sixth place as another superb battle at the head of the field ensued. There was never more than a couple of seconds covering the leading group, but he had to settle for fourth place at the flag.
Meanwhile, 23-year-old younger brother and team-mate Andrew Irwin endured a contrasting day with a solid top ten position in the opening race when he took the Be Wiser Ducati to ninth place before crashing out early in the second race. Yesterday, Andrew scored a top 11 finish to add more points in his rookie BSB season.
Glenn Irwin: “I had a few moments in the early laps of race one, but I soon regrouped although I was gifted the podium when two riders crashed in front of me. I worked really hard to fight my way through the pack so whilst disappointed with third, it was another podium credit to my total. I struggled a bit in the second race and I was using a lot of the tyre to get by a number of riders so that when I’d got to the leading pack, I didn’t have much left to push on again. I had a few moments at the end so settled for fourth place and I’m pleased to have achieved the objective of making it into the Showdown. We now need to make sure we don’t sit on our laurels and whilst there’s a lot of work to do to close the gap to Leon, two of the three Showdown circuits are strong for us, so we’ll give it our all.”
Andrew Irwin: “It’s obviously been a mixed day and the first laps in both races were very hectic. In race one I got pushed very wide early on and was almost dead last, but I kept pushing hard and my pace was very strong so to finish in ninth place given what had happened was pleasing. Unfortunately, the same thing happened in race two when another rider hit me but this time it wasn’t possible to avoid a crash. It’s a real shame as I felt it was possible to finish in the top ten once more, but I’ll keep working hard and look forward to the next round.”
Johnny Mowatt, Team Co-ordinator: “It was nice to be back on the podium today and two podiums from the three races means it wasn’t a bad weekend for us. We’ve made progress with the bike all weekend but unfortunately Glenn gave himself a lot of work to do in each race when he dropped back into the pack and made a few small mistakes. We’ll take the results though and look to have a real good go in the Showdown where anything can happen. Andrew had a solid day and his ride in the first race today was especially pleasing and to come all the way through to ninth from so far back was no mean effort. Unfortunately, his second race ended early which has given the boys a bit of work to do in a short space of time, but he took another top ten finish which is always the aim for him.”