“It Should Have Been a Podium” – Irwin Rues Missed Opportunity in Donington BSB Race 3

A fourth win of the season, his first at Donington Park GP, enabled Glenn Irwin to extend his championship lead in this year's British Superbike Championship to 13 points, but it was not going to be easy for the Hager BBM Ducati rider.

Arriving at the Leicestershire circuit on the back of six straight victories at Oulton Park and the North West 200, Irwin struggled the first two days with a stuttering Superbowl lap that left him eighth on the grid for Saturday's Race 1. Although he battled his way to fifth, it left him The team has a lot of work to do.

Glenn Irwin drives Leon Haslam, 2024 Donington Park PSB. Credit: Impact Images.

“We had a little problem with the bike after the North West 200 which held us back on Friday and Saturday and we got nowhere,” the Carrickfergus rider admitted. “From the first lap of practice, the bike felt weird, and it was hard to find any positives after the first race. With Ryan (Vickers) and Christian (Idon) crashing, we got away with points where we could have been much worse than fifth.

However, in true PBM fashion, the team turned things around as Irwin took an impressive win in Sunday's Sprint Race. He drove from start to finish, successfully keeping Leon Haslam at bay to reassert himself in the series.

“The team worked well past midnight on Saturday to give me a bike I could win. The bike felt very good in the morning warm-up and the hard work paid off in the race. I was able to get the ball rolling through some incredibly fast laps, and despite Leon continuing In the chopping block, we got the win in the end.

Irwin then played his part in what was undoubtedly his best race of the season as he battled Tommy Bridwell, Danny Kent and eventual winner Jason O'Halloran for 20 laps. He was ultimately the one who lost in the final round of the race but was nonetheless smiling at the conclusion of the third round.

“The final race of the weekend was just one of those races you're happy to be involved in. While I would have been happy with any top four finish, I feel it should have been a podium finish. On the plus side, this was my first win on a Grand Prix circuit, We have extended our lead in the championship, so we will continue to move forward. I feel good and enjoy the pressure of being the championship leader.


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