Irwin Brothers look to bounce back at Silverstone

by Joshua Close
Irwin Brothers Look to Bounce Back at Silverstone

Glenn and Andrew Irwin are hoping for a return to form this weekend as the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship heads to Silverstone.

Glenn was forced to battle through the pain at Cadwell Park last time out, after re-injuring his shoulder during a free practice accident. Despite the injury, Irwin narrowly missed out on a podium in race one, before taking fifth in race two.

The 28-year-old is third in the championship standings heading into the three-race showdown decider, and is hoping that he can repeat last year’s winning performance at Silverstone.

Speaking ahead of the race meeting, he said:

“I’m raring to go at Silverstone, for me now it’s about going out and enjoying the three races this weekend and if I do, I should score enough points to get into the Showdown. It’s been a difficult past two rounds for us, which didn’t reflect our true pace, so hopefully with some good luck we can put that right. I have great memories of Silverstone after taking the win there last year, so the plan is to do the same this year, although the new layout will be fun.”

Meanwhile, Andrew Irwin is looking to bounce back after leaving Cadwell Park with zero points. A technical problem ruled him out of the opening race before it had even started. The 24-year-old then crashed out of 13th place whilst going into Charlies during the second race.

Andrew is hoping that he can achieve some good results over the course of the weekend:

“Cadwell Park was my worst weekend since being given this incredible opportunity by Paul Bird and his team so I’m really looking forward to putting things right at Silverstone. It’s a slightly different track layout which looks like it’ll make some tight racing and it’s the same for everyone so that will suit me. I can’t wait to get back on track and with three races instead of two, that gives us an even better chance of a good result.” 

It will be a new challenge for both riders this weekend as the races will be taking place on the National Circuit at Silverstone, which has never been used before at BSB level. The change occurred following the cancellation of the MotoGP race at the Grand Prix Circuit over the August Bank Holiday Weekend.

As it’s a triple-header this weekend, qualifying is scheduled to begin at the earlier time of 11:45 on Saturday morning. The first race of the weekend will then take place at 16:15 on Saturday afternoon. The Sunday schedule is the same as always, with the first race of the day at 13:30, followed by the last race of the weekend at 16:30.

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