Belfast Telegraph

Haslam doubles up as Irwin boys struggle

 

By Roy Harris

Leon Haslam rode to a double in the eighth round of the British Superbike championship at Cadwell Park yesterday and extend his lead in the championship to 86 points with the title showdown looming.

But for the Irwin brothers it was a difficult weekend. Glenn's chances of podium finishes were made acutely difficult by crashing in Friday practice and injuring his shoulder.

Considering the injury, he put in two resilient performances to finish fourth in race one and fifth in race two on the PBM Be Wiser Ducati.

Andrew failed to make the start on race one due to a problem with his machine on the warm-up lap and then in race two when in 14th position he lost the front and crashed out on lap seven of 18.

Glenn said: "I'm just happy to have been in the mix today after the crash on Friday.

"It is really hard to pass around Cadwell at the best of times and I was really weak in the tight second half of the track with my shoulder.

"In race one I left the door open at the hairpin on the last lap and allowed Jake Dixon a gift of a podium."

Glenn still remains third in the series.

Tyco BMW duo Christian Iddon and Michael Laverty didn't get the results they would have hoped for with Iddon battled hard for sixth in race one while Laverty, inside the top 10, ran wide and onto the grass at two-thirds distance, dropping back to 14th as the braking gremlins struck again.

Iddon had another sixth place in race two with Laverty in a better performance two seconds behind him in seventh.

Championship-wise Iddon is in eighth position, 11 points off a showdown spot and Laverty is 11th with a lot to do to get inside the top six some 30 points off current sixth placed Peter Hickman, with three races remaining before the title fighters are decided.

In an action packed 12-lap Superstock 1000cc race Billy McConnell, Lee Jackson, Keith Farmer and Josh Elliott raced nose to tail for nine laps well clear of the rest of the field.

On lap 10 Farmer had just taken the lead when two corners later he lost the front end and crashed, the Tyco BMW somersaulting through the air and luckily missing the uninjured rider when it barrelled into the ground.

This cost Farmer the championship lead with McConnell finishing the race in second position behind Jackson, taking the championship lead by five points from the Clogher rider, with Elliott finishing a fine third.

Jack Kennedy -with a win and a second in the Supersport races - maintains a 36-point lead in the lead over arch-rival Ben Currie following two nail-biting races.

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