Elite roads exponents excelling at the fourth BSB round of 2021 at Thruxton, included Honda Racing’s very much back on form Glenn Irwin.
Feeling much better physically allied to more confidence in his Superbike steed, he qualified an excellent second behind Championship leader Jason O’Halloran.
The opening Superbike contest saw him on course for a rostrum placing before a high speed tip off ended his challenge.
Escaping relatively unscathed, Irwin’s Honda mount wasn’t as fortunate, which meant the Honda Racing crew had to put together a new Superbike for Sunday’s competitive action.
In spite of piloting a new Superbike, the prior aforementioned incident resulting in a few burns, it all came together in yesterday’s first SBK race as Irwin placed third, taking his first podium finish of 2021.
He went onto conclude his Thruxton racing venture by finishing 6th in the final Superbike encounter held in mixed wet, damp conditions.
FHO Racing’s Peter Hickman like Irwin, enjoyed a trip to the podium, having taken third within the above showcased opening Superbike race.
Following fifth, eighth place finishes took Hickman’s points total for 2021 to 108, leaving him presently sixth in the Championship standings.
Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison took a brace of top 18 finishes, Brian McCormack acquired top 23 finishes whilst Ian Hutchinson had his most production BSB meet thus far in 2021, with strong runs to eighth, sixth in the National Superstock 1000 races.
Dafabet Racing’s Rob Hodson, Craig Neve were also sampling the stock 1000 encounters as was Thruxton debutant Ashcourt Racing’s Damon Rees.
Rees team mate, twice successive Steve Henshaw Gold Cup winner Lee Johnston came agonisingly close to a first British Supersport victory of 2021, finishing just 0.191 behind Bradley Perie during the opening middleweight class encounter.
The second Supersport encounter held in patchy conditions to put it mildly, would end in disappointment for Johnston who crashed out of contention.
Same fate was to afflict BTS/NLC Components backed Jim Hind, who before misfortune had taken a very creditable overall top 10 finish, seventh place finish in class from Saturday’s sprint Supersport/GP2 race.
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou