Despite taking his lowest finishing position of 2020, Honda Racing’s Glenn Irwin continues to hold a strong British Superbike Championship lead.
Second fastest in qualifying, five times International road race winner Irwin sped into an early lead in this weekend’s opening Superbike encounter.
Ultimately at the end of 16 laps of Oulton Park, the four times North West 200 victor had to settle for a solid fifth place finish, which leaves him now 30 points clear of nearest title pursuer Jason O’Halloran.
Behind Irwin, five times TT winner Peter Hickman looked in better fettle with his Global Robots BMW mount, on route to taking 12th whilst ON1 Racing’s improving Brian McCormack placed 22nd.
Superstock 1000’s wise, 16 times TT winner Ian Hutchinson led the International roads challenge, finishing a creditable 14th having at one point dropped as far back as 23rd.
Davey Todd, Craig Neve, Sam West took respective 16th, 23rd, 24th place finishes whilst reigning Senior TT Champion Dean Harrison, Stock 1000 race stint ended early with an incident from which he emerged unharmed.
Good friend, Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston just missed out on a podium finish within the opening British Supersport race, finishing 0.055 of a second behind third place finisher Harry Truelove.
Johnston’s fellow countryman North West 200 legend Alastair Seeley placed overall 12th, fourth in terms of British GP2 runners.
Photo by Tommy Vennard
Michael Dunlop 19th in the aforementioned Superstock 1000 race, maiden BSB Supersport race challenge of 2020 opened by finishing a respectable 19th, yielding him three Supersport Championship points.
DC Racing’s Mike Norbury 25th, also scored Championship points whilst fellow series debutant Team ILR with Mark Coverdale’s Joe Loughlin 26th, just missed out on a points finish.
Adam McLean scored another Pirelli National Superstock 600 points finish whilst another highlight for pure road racing fans today was John McGuinness strong run to fourth in the opening Ducati TriOptions Cup race.
Words by Stevie Rial