Young prospect Eunan McGlinchey toasted his maiden podium finishes in the British Supersport Championship yesterday on a memorable weekend for the Aghadowey rider at Brands Hatch.
McGlinchey is competing in the series for the first time this year after racing in the World Supersport 300 class in 2020.
In damp conditions, the Gearlink Kawasaki rider finished third in the Sprint race behind Kyle Smith and Dublin’s Jack Kennedy and later fended off team-mate Ben Currie to secure the same result in the delayed feature race, which was again held in the wet.
Former two-time champion Kennedy took the win ahead of Smith, with McGlinchey 1.7s further back as he remains in sixth place in the championship.
McGlinchey, the 2018 British Junior Supersport champion, said: “It was a hard race and it was exciting because you didn’t know what the track conditions would be like.
“We started to work our way through the field and I had some technical problems that probably cost me second place, but I’m happy this weekend with two third positions and good points.”
Fellow Northern Ireland riders Lee Johnston and Korie McGreevy finished fifth and seventh respectively.
In the Sprint race, Ashcourt Yamaha rider Johnston – third in the championship – was 11thwith McGreevy in 12th on the Mar-Train Yamaha.
In the British Superbike class, Honda Racing’s Glenn Irwin had a best result of sixth in race three yesterday. Irwin was 11th in Saturday’s race and eighth in race two.
His brother Andrew was 12th and 14th in the first two races, but crashed out of sixth place in the final race on the SYNETIQ BMW.
Saturday’s BSB race was red-flagged and restarted over 12 laps when English rider Brad Jones crashed on his BMW at Clarke Curve. An update from event organisers MSVR yesterday said he had been placed in an induced coma and was being treated for serious head, chest and pelvic injuries.
Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) won Saturday’s race from Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Ducati) and Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati).
Race two went to Jason O’Halloran on the McAMS Yamaha from Bridewell and Mackenzie, while Iddon won race three from Mackenzie and O’Halloran.
Randalstown’s Eugene McManus was fifth in the National Junior Superstock race ahead of Sam Laffins, while Keith Farmer was fourth and eighth in the National Superstock 1000 races.
Meanwhile, Derek Sheils was a double winner at the Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship at Mondello Park yesterday on his Roadhouse Macau BMW.