Glenn Irwin opens winning account to score Showdown spot at Silverstone

Glenn Irwin opens winning account to score Showdown spot at Silverstone

13 September 2021

Glenn Irwin will once again line up as a Title Fighter in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship Showdown after securing his place with the Honda Racing UK team after the final race of the weekend at Silverstone.

Irwin became the seventh different race winner of the season in the opening BikeSocial race of the weekend, but a difficult 13th place in race two meant his place would not be confirmed before the final Title Fighter deciding race of the weekend.

Race three was restarted after a red flag, with a 15-lap dash to the chequered flag but Irwin dug deep to work his way into the top-ten and finish in ninth position, to cement his Title Fighter status.

Irwin said: “A place in the Showdown was the goal coming into the weekend; I didn't think we would get a race win with the form of Yamaha and Suzuki from the past two seasons there, so to tick that off in Race 1 was amazing.

“In race two we tried something with the bike and it was a day we could slightly get away with it with the points buffer, so it wasn't too detrimental to us, but it set us up for a nervy last race! I was riding round calculating the points, and 'if I crashed out now would I still have a place in the Showdown'.

“It was an enjoyable day, the Fireblade in race three was a big step from the bike we had in race two set-up wise. To make the Showdown, and go into it with some Podium Points, considering we had a difficult start to the season technically, and with an injury, it hadn't been the smoothest of starts this year, but we made it into the Showdown!”