DoningtonBSB: Bridewell back on top as Irwin disqualified.
Tommy Bridewell has claimed his fourth BSB victory, sprinting clear in the third and final race of the weekend at Donington National.
The Oxford Racing Ducati rider dominated the 26-lap race in glorious conditions, sprinting clear of the chasing pack and claiming his first win of the season, dethroning the all-new Honda Fireblade that took the victory in the opening two races.
Bridewell dominated from pole position, while Honda’s Glenn and Andrew Irwin had to recover from a poor qualifying thanks to their poor lap-time in race two.
The Irwin brothers sliced through the field, catching up to the back of VistionTrack Ducati’s Christian Iddon and Josh Brookes and quickly found themselves back on the Donington podium. Andy Irwin then set sights on Josh Brookes to take second, but as the Honda rider dived up the inside of Brookes into Hollywood, clipped the right handlebar of Brookes’ Ducati sending the Australian tumbling into the air fence – ending his race.
It was another battle of the Irwins, but this time for second position and once again Andy came out on top, finishing second with Glenn in third. McAMS Yamaha’s Jason O’Halloran crossed the line in fourth but was later promoted to third after Andy Irwin was disqualified from the race following his race three collision with Brookes.
Christian Iddon made up for Brookes’ late departure, finishing fifth on track ahead of Danny Buchan and second McAMS Yamaha rider, Tarran Mackenzie who fell to seventh after his front-row start.
Kyle Ryde wrapped up an impressive return to BSB by finishing eighth with Ryan Vickers and Lee Jackson rounding out the top ten after RICH Energy OMG Racing BMW rider Hector Barbera was handed a time penalty for exceeding track limits at the final chicane.
The results were declared ‘provisional’ as an investigation ran long into the evening. It was later announced on British Superbike’s social media channels that Andy Irwin was disqualified from the race, promoting everyone up a position. This also promoted Glenn Irwin to the top of the BSB standings after his debut with Honda, Andy lies second with Tommy Bridewell and Jason O’Halloran completing the top four. After his first three races with Paul Bird’s Ducati, Christian Iddon goes into Snetterton fifth overall.
Following his disqualification, Andy Irwin will also have to start from the back of the grid when the Bennetts British Superbike Championship returns on 21st – 23rd August at the Snetterton 300 for the second round of the condensed BSB championship calendar.
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