Four times North West 200 winner Glenn Irwin strengthened this afternoon his British Superbike Championship lead to 20 points plus, as he showed again why he is a prime contender for 2020 BSB title honours.
Runner-up within today’s opening Superbike encounter, the third and final big bike Snetterton race stint would see Honda Racing’s Irwin finally join the race winners circle following a top class, highly adept all round performance.
Photo by Tommy Vennard
Respected fellow International roads exponent Peter Hickman endured more mixed fortunes, with a solid 11th place finish followed by a first non finish of 2020.
Fellow S1000RR BMW mounted competitor, ON1 Racing’s Brian McCormack, although the final finisher in today’s BSB races still went onto record extremely creditable 24th, 21st place finishes.
Reigning IRRC Superbike Champion Davey Todd concluded a pretty productive weekend at Snetterton, by placing seventh in the sole National Superstock 1000 Championship encounter.
Just over two seconds behind race victor Honda Racing team mate Tom Neave, the ever affable Todd is beginning to gradually become a series front runner.
Aside from Todd, added high level International road racers taking home respectable finishes included Ian Hutchinson (12th), Dean Harrison (21st) and Sam West (23rd).
Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston starred again within the British Supersport scene, providing stiff opposition throughout to Championship pace setter Rory Skinner.
Johnston the early race leader had looked set to take second before a false neutral forced him back to third. None the less another top result for the nine times International road race winner, who is aiming to return to Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough for the prestigious Gold Cup meeting.
Disqualified from yesterday’s race due to a technical infringement, Alastair Seeley battled his way through to 4th in the British GP2 class, finishing overall 12th.
Rounding up the middleweight class action, York’s Joe Thompson was amongst the higher ranking GP2 runners before a nasty looking high side put pay to his race challenge.
Binch Racing’s Adam McLean again provided International road racing with a prominent presence, in the notoriously ultra competitive National Superstock 600 class.
McLean part in recent times of the famous McAdoo Racing team, latest Superstock 600 race stint saw him crack the top eight for the first time, completing the 12 lap race in 7th, not too far behind Simon Reid, son of Irish roads, Mountain Course great Brian Reid.
Ducati TriOptions Cup:
Lincolnshire roads force Craig Neve alongside taking 19th within the National Superstock 1000 Championship race, also took a top five placing from the second Ducati TriOptions Cup encounter.
Joining fifth place finisher Neve in claiming another more than creditable result on Panigale Ducati machinery was 23 times TT winner John McGuinness.
After ten laps of the high speed, fast flowing Snetterton 300 circuit, 33 times International road race winner McGuinness placed eighth and now stands joint seventh in the TriOptions Cup Championship standings.
Excitement, excitement, excitement, excitement was the theme when witnessing today’s only British Sidecars race.
Ultimately at the end of ten quality filled laps, former TT winner Tim Reeves/Kevin Rousseau just and I mean just got the better of Todd Ellis/Charlie Richardson to make it back to back Sidecar triumphs at Snetterton.
Behind the pace setters, Sidecar TT royalty occupied positions five and six with Silicone Barnes Racing’s John Holden/Jake Lowther edging out the Birchall brothers Ben & Tom, who were piloting the LCR Yamaha outfit that they would have raced at TT 2020.
Words by Stevie Rial