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Glenn Irwin leads the British Superbike Championship

Glenn Irwin leads the British Superbike Championship

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Glenn Irwin leads the British Superbike Championship

Carrickfergus brothers Glenn and Andrew Irwin are right in the mix after the opening practice session of the belated 2020 British Superbike Championship at Donington Park yesterday.

Andrew put the all-new Honda Fireblade in third after the 45-minute session, while Glenn finished in sixth position on his machine.

Half a second covered the top six riders. Jason O'Halloran was fastest with a 1m 06.535secs lap, 0.019secs ahead of Hector Barbera - who had a fifth of a second to spare over Andrew.

Glenn made good headway towards the leaderboard halfway through the session before settling for 1m 07.079secs, putting him safely in sixth ahead of today's first race.

Alastair Seeley was fifth fastest in the Supersport session but first in the GP2 Cup class that runs concurrently with the Supersport machines on his Quattro Team ABM Triumph.

Rory Skinner topped the Supersport category in which Richard Kerr from Donegal was seventh fastest, 0.047secs clear of Antrim rider Ross Patterson in eighth with Korie McGreevy and Lee Johnston ninth and 10th respectively.

Adam McLean was best of the Irish contingent in the Superstock 600 in ninth position with Omagh rider Jamie Lyons second fastest in the British Talent Cup classification, 0.357secs behind Eddie O'Shea.

Michael Dunlop was down in 32nd position after completing 34 laps on the Buildbase/MD Racing Suzuki, one place ahead of road rival Dean Harrison with young Cameron Dawson fastest in the Junior Supersport class.

Qualifying and first races take place today.

Further afield, it was a Yamaha one-two after the opening two practices ahead of the third round of the World Superbike Championship in Portugal.

Toprak Razgatlioglu and Loris Baz set the two fastest times of the day, with five-time world champion Jonathan Rea on his Kawasaki third fastest in both sessions with his quickest lap, 1m 42.543secs, set in his second outing.

A mere 0.035secs covered the top three, while current Championship leader Scott Redding was fifth fastest, a tenth slower than Ulsterman Rea.

In the battle for a 2021 BMW seat, Tom Sykes was seventh fastest - four tenths faster than local Portimao resident and Ulsterman Eugene Laverty ahead of today's Superpole and opening race.

Eunan McGlinchey is on course to qualify for the Supersport 300cc races despite having a couple of laps ruled out for exceeding track limits.

Belfast Telegraph