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A mixed bag for Glen and Andrew in round four of British Superbikes

 

By Roy Harris

It was an up and down day for Carrick's Irwin brothers at Snetterton yesterday during round four of the British Superbike Championship where Glenn finished second in race one, four tenths of a second behind Leon Haslam and then was taken out by Bradley Rea in race two when in the leading bunch.

Brother Andrew had a BSB race debut to forget when he missed his braking point at the hairpin on lap one and crashed, skittling Michael Laverty, Dan Linfoot and Jason O'Halloran.

He started from the back row in race two and finished a creditable 10th in his first BSB finish.

Glenn said after race one: "It was an interesting race. Brad (Ray) set a hot pace and I tried to stay with him.

"When he crashed out I had a three second lead, but my rear tyre started to go off and I could see from my pit board Leon was coming and I couldn't stop him. I need to learn to manage the tyre situation better."

Starting from pole in race two Glenn settled in behind Josh Brookes, Ray and Jake Dixon with Haslam again coming from behind.

On lap 10 of 16 Irwin went underneath Ray, ran slightly wide, and as the Suzuki rider went back underneath Irwin's Be Wiser Ducati, his rival tucked the front and took an unamused Irwin down and out.

The race ended with Haslam and Brookes elbow to elbow on the race to the chequered flag, Haslam making it a double on the day with Dixon taking advantage of the barging match to snatch second from the Aussie.

These were Haslam's first Superbike wins at the Norfolk venue and he now leads the championship by 64 points from Ray.

Irwin commented: "I was second in qualifying, second in race one, on pole for race two and got taken out in the race. I was confident I could have challenged for the win, but Brad made a mistake."

Dubliner Jack Kennedy rode his luck to win Saturday's sprint race, being in the lead at the right time as the race was red flagged, but his feature win yesterday was comfortable after rival Ben Currie retired. Kennedy leads the championship by 46 points from Currie.

Eunan McGlinchey won the first Junior Supersport race on Saturday but blotted his copybook in race two after a ding-dong battle with rival Elliott Pinson.

The Aghadowey rider went into the last corner speedway style hitting Pinson, both ending up in the gravel for his first non-finish of the season.

Former world champion Brian Reid's son Simon was scrapping for third only to lose his chain on the final lap forcing him to retire.

In the Superstock 1000, Carrick's Andy Reid high-sided from the EHA Aprilia while challenging for the lead on lap five, with the race won by his team-mate Joe Collier.

Clogher's Keith Farmer came from 10th position to finish fourth with Alastair Seeley sixth, while Josh Elliott also crashed out of the race.

Yesterday at Mondello Park, Jason Lynn dominated both Masters Supersport races, the Upperlands rider beating Emmett O'Grady comfortably in both while Masters Superbike series leader Richie Ryan was also a double winner with Ahoghill rider Luke Johnston taking third in race one, improving to second in race two.

Quadcross racing at Tandragee on Saturday saw Mark McLernon race to a triple success, as did surprise entry Neil Campbell and passenger Craig Parmenter, back after his recent surgery, in the Sidecarcross races.

In the Gilchrist Plant Hire Premier Quad class, Mark McLernon stamped his authority on the day by winning all three races in style, veteran Comber man Justin Reid came out second overall after two seconds and a third, while championship leader Michael McAneney had to settle for the bronze medal position.

The GMG Contracts Clubmans Quad Class produced two wins for Stephen Mulholland.

In the J&L Race Prep/Lloyd Acoustics Youth Quad classes, the 250 class winner with yet another impressive treble was Stewart McMullan from Omagh's Jamie Quinn with Andrew Black third.

Luke Dillon from Moira won the 110 Class after his cousin Ross' rear shock exploded on the last lap of race three while leading, second was class new boy Travis Toye, while Ross had done enough with his two wins to hold on to third.

The 50cc Automatic Class produced another treble for young Blake Orr with Adrian McVey second, Conor Bradley third and Jacob Glenn, from Dollingstown, fourth.

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