MOTORBIKES: Podium places for Irwin brothers

Andrew Irwin pictured with mechanic Robbie Ross and Tom  Park at Brands Hatch. INLT 43-907-CON
Andrew Irwin pictured with mechanic Robbie Ross and Tom Park at Brands Hatch. INLT 43-907-CON

Two of Carrick’s Irwin brothers were on the rostrum in the final races of the season at the weekend.

Glenn took the Gearlink Kawasaki into third in Sunday’s British Supersport after his DNF in Saturday’s sprint race. He finished the season in fourth place in the series.

The youngest Irwin, Andrew, took his Met Healthcare Kawasaki to third in the 600 Superstock race, and, like Glenn, finished fourth in his championship.

“I was leading the race when it was red-flagged but they took the restart from a previous lap and I had to start from third on the grid,” explained Andrew.

“I dropped to fourth at one stage before regaining the lead, only to lose out to Tarran Mackenzie who won the race and Mason Law by less than a second at the flag. I suppose it wasn’t too bad in the end.”

It was a miserable end to Alastair Seeley’s campaign when he lost the front brake on the Tyco BMW on lap six and crashed out at Graham Hill bend. Josh Elliot was the eventual winner.

The final round of the British Superbike season at Brands Hatch saw Josh Brookes crowned champion for the first time, and local rider Michael Laverty at last g0t on the top step of the rostrum following his third place in race one.

“We kept the best to last, but all credit to the Tyco BMW lads as they have kept their faith in me and this is a perfect reward for their efforts,” said Laverty. “We’ve been building towards a win this past few rounds and since we had the upgrades at Assen, I’ve always believed we’d have top-three pace.”