02 - 04 OCT |

Bridewell delivers masterclass performance in race three to claim victory

Tommy Bridewell became the second different race winner of the 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship season at Donington Park this afternoon, delivering an inch-perfect performance to secure victory in the final race of the season-opening weekend.

Bridewell got off to a flying start on the Oxford Products Racing Ducati to lead Tarran Mackenzie and Danny Buchan with Andrew Irwin, Josh Brookes and Kyle Ryde in the initial leading pack. Double race winner Andrew Irwin made a move on the second lap on Buchan to move into third place and then on Tarran Mackenzie two laps later.

Mackenzie was holding station but on lap five he was mugged of the position by Brookes, with Christian Iddon and Glenn Irwin also taking advantage to move ahead.

Brookes was into second on lap six with a decisive move down the inside of Andrew Irwin at Roberts with Iddon also moving up the order to make it a Ducati 1-2-3 at the front with Héctor Barberá cutting his way up the order to fourth by lap nine.

Barberá fired the Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW into third at the Old Hairpin on lap 11 to move into range of Brookes, but at the front Bridewell had edged an advantage over the chasing pack. Barberá though later dropped down the order on track and he ended up crossing the line in 11th place.

At the front Bridewell held the advantage until the finish but the Irwin brothers were charging through the field and by lap 18 the battle for second was between Brookes, Glenn and Andrew Irwin plus Iddon and Jason O’Halloran.

Glenn Irwin moved into second with a move on Brookes at Roberts on lap 23, but a lap later there was disaster for the VisionTrack Ducati rider when an incident involving Andrew Irwin resulted in a big crash at Hollywood. Brookes was able to walk away from the incident, but the race result was then subsequently under investigation by Race Direction.

At the chequered flag Andrew Irwin had got ahead of Glenn on the final lap to cross the line second behind Bridewell with O’Halloran in fourth place for McAMS Yamaha.

Iddon held fifth place to complete his debut weekend with the VisionTrack Ducati team ahead of Buchan and Tarran Mackenzie. Kyle Ryde was able to hold off Ryan Vickers for eighth place with Lee Jackson completing the top ten.


UPDATE 09 August 20:00 

‪Race Direction decision: Andrew Irwin has been disqualified from BSB Race for avoidable/unfair contact causing a collision/crash with Josh Brookes. Irwin also receives 6 penalty points, 3 of which are suspended for the duration of the 2020 season. By virtue of his total penalty points accumulated (6 plus 3 suspended) he will start his next BSB race from the last grid position. 

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Donington Park, Race 3 amended result:

  1. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati)
  2. Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) +2.157s
  3. Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +2.403s
  4. Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) +6.510s
  5. Danny Buchan (Massingberd-Mundy Kawasaki) +8.657s
  6. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +8.923s
  7. Kyle Ryde (Buildbase Suzuki) +9.067s
  8. Ryan Vickers (RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki) +13.265s
  9. Lee Jackson (Massingberd-Mundy Kawasaki) +14.425s
  10. Héctor Barberá (Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW) +14.927s

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings after Donington Park:

  1. Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) 60
  2. Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) 50
  3. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) 43
  4. Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 40
  5. Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) 34
  6. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 28
  7. Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati) 26
  8. Kyle Ryde (Buildbase Suzuki) 22
  9. Danny Buchan (Massingberd-Mundy Kawasaki) 22
  10. Ryan Vickers (RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki) 20

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