Yes the Championship lead may be gone but Honda Racing’s Glenn Irwin showed in today’s final BSB encounter at Donington Park, that he’s most certainly not giving up on claiming a maiden BSB title.
Going into the third Superbike race stint with just nine points from the weekend’s racing, the four times North West 200 winner rustled his sleeves up, called upon all of his huge determination to battle his way to second.
18 points behind 2017 Senior Classic TT winner Josh Brookes going into the final series round at Brands Hatch, there’s still a distinct chance that Irwin can become Northern Ireland’s first BSB Champion of the 21st century.
Photo by Tommy Vennard
World’s fastest road racer Peter Hickman banked a brace of points finishes whilst this afternoon’s British Supersport race saw Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston score a fourth rostrum finish of the season.
Alastair Seeley placed eighth overall, third best GP2 exponent whilst the National Superstock 1000 races yielded points finishes for Davey Todd and 16 times TT winner Ian Hutchinson, who took 18th in the opening BSB race.
International road racing’s sole competitor within the National Superstock 600 class, Binch Racing’s Adam McLean, looked good for another strong finish before an incident at Craner Curves.
Sidecars wise, pure road racing fans had much more to be positive about as Team A.R.C’s Lee Crawford/Scott Hardie took centre attention.
Fresh from dominating the 69th Gold Cup meeting at Oliver’s Mount, Crawford/Hardie backed up their qualifying form at Donington Park, by taking in dramatic fashion Sidecars race 1 spoils by just under 0.2 of a second over Tommy Philp/Tom Bryant.
Crawford/Hardie, who have between them 22 victories at Oliver’s Mount, went onto take a respectable seventh place finish within the second 10 lap three wheeling encounter.
The Ramsden’s Steve & Matty claimed back to back top 15 finishes, we’d also be remiss not to mention Pete Founds/Jevan Walmsley’s impressive run to fourth in the opening Molson Group British Sidecars race.
Words by Stevie Rial