Five times International road race winner Glenn Irwin, leads the 2020 British Superbike Championship, after this afternoon’s drama filled action at Donington Park.
Runner-up in all three of this weekend’s premier class encounters, the third and final 26 race saw the two time North West 200 feature race victor originally battle his way to third, having started twelfth on the grid.
Photo by Tommy Vennard
Post race though he moved up one place in the overall standings, following brother Andrew Irwin’s disqualification after an incident with former North West 200 lap record holder Josh Brookes.
Smiths Racing’s Peter Hickman ended what’s been a pretty challenging opening BSB round, with mixed results, scoring respective 18th, 11th place finishes.
Meanwhile for ON1 Racing’s Brian McCormack, he successfully completed today’s 26 lap races, registering a brace of top 25 finishes.
Astro JJR Racing’s Damon Rees continued his fine form, by making it back to back Superstock 1000 podium finishes.
Taking third in the twice red-flagged 14 lap race, Rees showed that yesterday’s second place finish was no fluke, finishing just over 1.1 seconds behind race winner Chrissy Rouse.
Honda Racing’s Davey Todd took a solid 10th place finish whilst added esteemed roads course exponents finishing were 19 times TT winner Michael Dunlop (20th), Rob Hodson (23rd) and Stephen Smith (26th).
Road Racing News would like to wish quickest North West 200 newcomer in history, reigning National Superstock 1000 Champion Richard Cooper a very speedy recovery from the leg injury he sustained following a nasty incident, during the second running of the Production 1000 machinery based race.
The second British Supersport encounter saw Alastair Seeley bounce back from yesterday’s misfortune, to take a creditable overall eighth place finish, third final place finish within the British GP2 class.
Fellow countryman Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston, had looked on course for a decent result before his challenge ended on lap 12.
Whilst York’s Spirit Moto Corsa mounted Joe Thompson continues to quietly impress, taking a top 12 finish, finishing fifth in class.
The sole Pirelli National Superstock 600 race would see Binch Racing’s Adam McLean, tenaciously chip away with his pace on route to taking a more than respectable 13th place finish.
Taking home from this weekend’s competition three Championship points, the rising Irish roads star will no question be one to watch at the remaining five rounds.
Ducati TriOptions Cup:
Prior to an Superstock 1000 race incident, Immingham’s Craig Neve enjoyed an excellent third place finish within the second Ducati TriOptions Cup race.
Neve piloting his own outfit’s Ducati, held off the attentions of Edmund Best, to secure the well deserved podium finish.
For 23 times TT winner John McGuinness, it also proved a productive 15 lap race stint, recording a seventh place finish, to take his Championship points total from the weekend to 20.
Words by Stevie Rial