DoningtonBSB: Andy Irwin makes it two wins on the bounce
The Bennetts British Superbike Championship continues today at Donington Park and once again it was Honda duo Andy Irwin and Glenn Irwin on top again, with McAMS Yamaha’s Jason O’Halloran finishing third.
As the lights went out for the second of three Bennetts British Superbike Championship races, Glenn Irwin rocketed to the lead from third on the grid. Josh Brookes slotted into second from his pole position but was under serious pressure from race one winner Andy Irwin who pulled off a sensational move around the outside at Craner curves.
Brookes’ nightmare continued as he ran wide into turn one – ultimately dropping down to tenth position, where the VisionTrack Ducati rider spent the remainder of the race.
Meanwhile, Jason O’Halloran started to pick his way through the pack, battling with Oxford Products Ducati’s Tommy Bridewell and later steamed passed Christian Iddon into the old hairpin. The Aussie immediately looked to pass Andy Irwin into McLeans, but couldn’t quite squeeze the 2020 R1 passed the 2020 CBR1000RR-R.
With six laps remaining, O’Halloran split the Irwin brothers with a neat pass into turn five, the Old Hairpin, but Irwin responded into the Roberts Chicane, allowing Bridewell a sniff at the podium positions. Bridewell snatched third place from O’Halloran at Hollywood and set after the Honda duo.
O’Halloran responded on lap 22 of 26 but couldn’t make his pass stick on Bridewell, who looked to have strong late-race pace. Bridewell started closing the gap to the Irwin brothers, with Glenn still leading two-time BSB victor Andy.
However, it looked like a classic ‘when rather than if’ for the younger of the Irwin brothers, who looked like he was being held up by Glenn. On lap 24, Irwin looked to clear Irwin, but as Andy settled into second at the end of the lap, Bridewell made a costly mistake, losing the front and clipping the back of Andy Irwin. Luckily, both riders stayed onboard, but Bridewell found himself behind both VisionTrack Ducatis.
Kyle Ryde bulled a move on Danny Buchan for fourth position into turn one, and continued to lap as the fastest man on track.
As we came to the end of the final lap, Andy Irwin found a gap underneath Glenn onto the straight, squeezing Glenn out towards the final chicane. Andy had work to do into the final chicane, forcing his brother wide giving O’Halloran a chance of pinching second, but couldn’t keep the front wheel on the ground, settling for third behind the Honda duo of Andy and Glenn.
Andrew Irwin extends his championship lead over brother Glenn, while Jason O’Halloran jumps up to fourth behind Josh Brookes’ Ducati.
Race three for the BSB Championship commences at 16:30.
Featured image credit: Honda Racing/ Double Red Photographic