A sensational second place for Glenn Irwin at Oulton Park
The Honda Racing UK team are leaving the ninth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park celebrating after a solid weekend, which saw Glenn Irwin take second place in the final race of the day aboard the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP.
Getting his Showdown challenge off to a strong start, Glenn and the team have made progress across the weekend taking two fourth places in the eBay Sprint Race and today's Race 2. Breaking into the 33s during today's first race, Glenn showed podium pace and for a few laps was running second, but it wasn't meant to be as he had to settle for another fourth position.
For the final race of the day Glenn and the Fireblade were in pole position, but after a move by Tommy Bridewell on the opening lap, Glenn was a position behind in second place. Across the shortened 15-lap race Glenn held strong, defending the second-place spot and fending off the chasing pack, to come home scoring his best finish at Oulton Park with the Fireblade.
Glenn's result from this weekend (4-4-2), leaves him in a strong position in the Showdown, with the next round taking place at Donington Park's GP circuit next weekend, where he's fourth in the overall standings with 1062 points and just three points behind Lee Jackson in third place.
For Glenn's teammates it has been a weekend of two halves, Superbike rookie Tom Neave enjoyed a strong race yesterday where he scored points finishing 14th. But his luck turned today where he crashed out of both races, unhurt. Takumi Takahashi leaves the weekend with one point scoring finish in today's first race in 14th place, but finished just outside the points in 16th place in the final race. Meanwhile Ryo Mizuno struggled to improve from his Race 2 position where he finished in the points in 15th after coming home 20th in the final race.
The team will now look forward to the tenth round of the series, which takes place in just a few days' time at Donington Park on 30 September - 2 October.