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Irwin hungry to seal place in Showdown

 

By Roy Harris

The British Superbike Championship heads into a crucial stage at Cadwell Park this weekend with just five races left to claim a top-six position for a shot at the title in the Showdown.

Only Championship leader Leon Haslam has guaranteed his place in the Showdown so far, with Jake Dixon, Josh Brookes and Glenn Irwin looking to secure their spot in the two races come Sunday.

Tyco BMW pair Christian Iddon and Michael Laverty are currently outside sixth position, and they are 20 and 30 points shy respectively.

Be Wiser Ducati rider Irwin knows he has to up his game after fifth and 11th-place finishes during the last round at Thruxton.

"We approach an important time of the season where we have two rounds and five races to qualify for the Showdown," he explained. "We will take it race by race to add to our current tally. I owe the team and sponsors a performance after a below-par Thruxton, so the plan is to most definitely put that right.

"To be honest, I am looking at podium points this weekend because they are important when it comes to the Showdown.

"The boys behind have some ground to make up in the standings, so I just need to focus on getting the job done and getting back on the podium."

Iddon, currently ninth, commented: "I am not looking at points as it's an unnecessary thing to do. I just have to go out and ride as hard as I can and then what happens over the next five races is what will decide if we are in the Showdown or not."

Iddon's team-mate Laverty will be keen to do something similar after a difficult Thruxton for the Tyco BMW man.

Keith Farmer is currently top of the Superstock 1000cc Championship on his Tyco BMW and will look to extend his 14-point lead over EHA Aprilia rider Joe Collier, while in Supersport, 36 points separate leader Jack Kennedy from second-placed Ben Currie.

Round six of the AJ Plumbing Ulster Superbike Championship takes place at Bishopscourt tomorrow, featuring the Norman Brown Memorial Trophy.

Gerard Kinghan has dominated the series with seven wins from seven starts and is 100 points clear of Alastair Kirk.

Jason Lynn is 35 points ahead of Korie McGreevy in Supersport after his blitz of the last meeting at the Co Down venue, and more of the same is top of his agenda on the Walter Bell Yamaha.

Practice at Bishopscourt kicks-off at 9am tomorrow morning followed by an 18-race programme from 11am.

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