Honda Racing UK back on the Brands Hatch podium
Glenn Irwin put Honda Racing UK and the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP back on the podium this afternoon at Brands Hatch, in what was a thrilling final race of the weekend coming home third after an epic battle across the 20 laps.
Turning round what started as a challenging weekend for the Honda squad, coming into Race 2, Glenn was 17th on the grid following a DNF in yesterday's opening race. However a first lap incident saw the Honda man back in 27th place and some work to do to make up places across race distance.
With the BSB field in front of him, Glenn pushed hard aboard his Fireblade machine and started making passes on his championship rivals. By half race distance Glenn had caught his Honda teammate Tom Neave, and was sitting 11th with the top 10 firmly in his sights. Passing Tom, Glenn crossed the line 10th collecting valuable points and lined up eighth on the grid for the final race of the day.
Glenn had a fantastic start off the line for the final race and by turn one he was up in third place, and by the third lap he was in the lead. Keeping his pace and holding off a chasing pack, Glenn maintained the lead for ten laps, but eventually couldn't hold off an attack from the McAMS Yamaha pairing of Tarran Mackenzie and Jason O'Halloran.
Slipping into third place the Honda man kept a safe distance ahead of the rest of the field to come home third and maintain his position in the overall standings in sixth place.
Meanwhile, Tom enjoyed his strongest ride of the season so far in the second race, coming home 11th after a fantastic ride from 19th on the grid. During the final race, while sitting 14th and having posted his fastest lap of the weekend (1:26.382), he came in too wide to turn four, which resulted in his rear tyre clipping the grass and his race coming to an early end.
Takumi Takahashi added further points to his championship challenge finishing 13th and 14th respectively, while Ryo Mizuno was forced to retire from Race 2 having felt a loss of rear grip, and finished 21st in the final race.
The team now has a short break between BSB rounds, where Takumi will be riding for Team HRC at the Suzuka 8 Hour on Saturday 8 August, before heading to the sixth round of the British championship at Thruxton on 12-14 August.