Glenn Irwin got the better of the tricky conditions at Brands Hatch yesterday afternoon to take his second podium of the season.
The race itself was full of drama as the rain fell on the Kent circuit. The first staging of the race was stopped after three laps due to an incident. The re-start was only a lap old when the rain started to fall again and was stopped again, before the race was eventually re-started for a third time over 15 laps.
On this occasion it was wet tyres all round and it was a race of attrition as simply staying upright proved difficult.
Irwin struggled in the early stages of the race and on lap three he found himself in seventh place. As the race went on Irwin revelled in the conditions and by lap nine, he was up to fourth with hopes of taking third.
It was lap 13 that proved lucky for the 26-year-old as he overhauled Dan Linfoot to move into the final podium position and he duly held on for third and his second podium finish of the season.
Afterwards Irwin said: “It was a really good race for me but just to get to the finish was very tricky as conditions were difficult. There was no way you could tour round to get to the finish and we were having to take some of the corners like in Supermoto whilst people were also crashing in a straight line.
“It was difficult in the middle of the race trying to pass Shakey as I obviously didn’t want to make any mistakes and the safety car period also helped me. I got to the front of the group I was battling with and brought the bike home. With Shakey extending his lead in the championship and my podium, it’s been a good day for the team.”
In a revised schedule, today’s race are expected to take place at 1:15pm and 4pm respectively.