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Andrew Irwin wins as 8 points now cover the top four Bennetts BSB title contenders

Sunday, October 04 2020

Andrew Irwin was victorious again at Donington Park this afternoon for Honda Racing as he delivered a perfect performance to win the opening race in today's triple-header in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship title fight.

On the opening lap Glenn Irwin led the pack, however there was a disaster for the championship leader when he crashed out at Goddards unhurt on the opening lap, and losing the lead in the standings for the first time this season.

At the front though Andrew Irwin was still flying the flag for Honda Racing, riding a perfect race to claim his third win of the season with the VisionTrack Ducati pairing behind him. Josh Brookes wasn't able to get the better of his teammate for second place in the closing stages and Christian Iddon now leads the standings by two points ahead of Round 14.

Glenn Irwin is now equal on points in third place in the standings with Jason O'Halloran as the McAMS Yamaha rider also endured a tough opening race to the weekend, finishing in 14th place, just ahead of Tommy Bridewell.

At the front Tarran Mackenzie had been moving up the order on the leading McAMS Yamaha, edging out Ryan Vickers in the closing stages to finish fourth.

The RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki team though celebrated Vickers' best result of the season and on the opposite side of the garage, Jack Kennedy was one of three riders to opt for an intermediate rear tyre, which saw him move up to seventh in the closing stages and he will start on pole position for Round 14.

Vickers was able to maintain fifth ahead of Gino Rea, who claimed his best finish for Buildbase Suzuki after also opting for the intermediate rear tyre option as conditions improved in the closing stages with teammate Kyle Ryde holding eighth place.

Danny Buchan and Lee Jackson completed the top ten for the Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki team with two races remaining at Donington Park this afternoon.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Donington Park, Round 13 result:

  1. Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing)
  2. Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) +1.824s
  3. Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati) +2.508s
  4. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +8.048s
  5. Ryan Vickers (RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki) +10.776s
  6. Gino Rea (Buildbase Suzuki) +12.297s
  7. Jack Kennedy (RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki) +12.387s
  8. Kyle Ryde (Buildbase Suzuki) +13.841s
  9. Danny Buchan (Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki) +17.938s
  10. Lee Jackson (Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki) +25.058s

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings after Round 13:

  1. Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) 186
  2. Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati) 184
  3. Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 178
  4. Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) 178
  5. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 138
  6. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) 135
  7. Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) 130
  8. Kyle Ryde (Buildbase Suzuki) 128
  9. Lee Jackson (Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki) 121
  10. Danny Buchan (Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki) 97