It was Glenn Irwin who took his debut win in the MCE British Superbike championship in the first race of the weekend at Silverstone.
After a thunderstorm made for tricky conditions just two hours before the race start, some riders were calling for a delayed start due to half of the track being wet and the other being dry. However, race director Stuart Higgs proceeded with the race start.
It was Jake Dixon who led the race from the off after putting his RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki machine into second place in qualifying. However, after dropping back in the first few laps, it was then Josh Brookes who led on his Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha. It wasn’t long before Glenn Irwin took his Be Wiser Ducati to the front of the pack from which he held the lead till the end giving him his first victory in the class.
It was Brookes who took the second spot on the podium finishing +3.434s behind Irwin. Taking the final step on the podium in third place was Moto Rapdio Ducati rider John Hopkins who finished +5.605s behind the race winner. After starting the race from second on the grid, Jake Dixon came home in fourth place after getting the better of his showdown rival JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider Luke Mossey who came home in fifth.
It was heartbreak for the second JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider –Leon Haslam- who fell from sixth place at half race distance. After progressing on his intermediate tyres, Shane Byrne sadly crashed out on his Be Wiser Ducati machine on the final lap of the race.
It was Shane Byrne who set the fastest lap of the race with a time of 2.17.461s on lap 13 of the race.
Results- (top 5):
1. Glenn Irwin – Be Wiser Ducati – 33:07.108
2. Josh Brookes – Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha – +3.434s
3. John Hopkins – Moto Rapido Ducati – +5.605
4. Jake Dixon – RAF Regulars and Reserves Kawasaki – +15.936s
5. Luke Mossey – JG Speedfit Kawasaki – +16.112s