Motorbikes: Andrew Irwin delighted to be back on podium

Carrick's Andrew Irwin picked up a podium place at Knockhill.
Carrick's Andrew Irwin picked up a podium place at Knockhill.

Carrick’s Andrew Irwin enjoyed his best result of the season at Knockhill last weekend, taking the MWR Kawasaki to second place behind Tarran Mackenzie in the Superstock 600.

“It was a good weekend,” said Andrew. “I qualified seventh and made a good start lying fourth at the end of lap one. I pushed forward into second but I just didn’t have the pace to win but was very happy with second.

“It’s good to be on the podium again. It’s been a long time. The team made a big step forward with the bike since Snetterton and it showed at Knockhill,” smiled the local rider.

Team boss Mark Webster added: “It’s great for Andrew to be able to get the result he deserves for all the effort he has put in so far this year.

“We are now in a good place with the bike and have it exactly how Andrew likes it. He used his head and rode a very clever race, getting to the front quickly with no dramas. Mackenzie had good pace on a track he knows well, so to push him all the way with Andrew was a good marker of where we are right now.

“It’s on to Brands GP circuit next where we had a podium with Andrew last year. It’s a good track for him and we are confident of another strong showing.”