You can’t underestimate the achievement, history made by Danny Webb, when last August at Horice he was officially crowned the UK’s first IRRC series champion.
Although a newcomer to IRRC action, many were tipping him during pre-season to be a dark horse for Superbike title honours.
Part of a three rider Wepol Racing by Penz 13.com set up, competition at round 1 at Hengelo based Varsselring course in the Netherlands, saw him showcase a sign of things to come, with series of second place finishes, behind event wildcard Nigel Walraven.
With event wildcard Walraven ineligible to score championship points, this left Tunbridge Wells Webb with an early championship lead of in excess of 10 points.
Photo by Robby Repsol
Following action at Hengelo, the ex Moto 3 World Championship never looked back, round by round extending his championship lead, along the way banking dominant back to back victories at Terlicko and Finland’s famous former GP course of Imatranajo.
After finishing runner up in two gripping, enthralling big bike encounters at Circuit De Chimay, the amiable Englishman knew that at least one more rostrum finish would be enough to secure the IRRC Superbike title at Horice.
Third in qualifying, the opening ten lap Superbike encounter, saw a determined Webb power his S1000RR BMW steed into the race lead.
From here he steadily increased his pace, gradually moving clear of nearest challenger Didier Grams, opening up by lap seven a race lead in excess of 1 and a half seconds.
When red flags emerged onto the horizon on lap eight, Webb who enjoyed a nearly two second advantage out front, was declared race winner, providing him with the necessary points to officially be crowned as the UK’s first IRRC series victor.
A truly brilliant achievement and accomplishment more than well earned, given his consistent, peerless, stellar form throughout the season.
Words by Stevie Rial