Seeley settles for fifth spot at Brands Hatch

Alastair Seeley at Brands Hatch. INLT 17-919-CON
Alastair Seeley at Brands Hatch. INLT 17-919-CON

Carrick’s Alastair Seeley took fifth place in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000cc class at Brands Hatch in round two of the British Championship.

But for a small electrical problem just two corners from home, it would surely have been victory for the Tyco BMW rider who dominated the race in the closing stages.

“We made changes for the race and I felt comfortable on the S 1000 RR after a decent enough start,” Seeley said. “I led pretty much from lap eight right until the last lap, and coming out of Graham Hill and up towards Surtees I knew I had the race won.

“Unfortunately the bike cut out, which we now know was a problem with a wire shorting out underneath the seat unit. But it could have been a DNF, so we will take the positives from rolling across the line in fifth, as we know how strong the package is already for this campaign.”

Glenn Irwin

fourth in title race

Carrick rider Glenn Irwin occupies fourth spot in the Supersport standings after the weekend’s races at Brands Hatch.

A lightning start in the first race on Saturday saw him gain the hole-shot and he led the race, only to be passed by eventual winner Kyle Ryde. He was then locked in a battle with Championship leader, Luke Stapleford for second place and held him off to the line by 0.1 seconds.

In race two Glenn finished fourth. He started from third on the grid for the 20-lap race, he got a great start and was leading the opening three laps, he was passed briefly by Luke Stapleford for one lap before retaking the lead. Despite his best effort Glenn was passed by Kyle Ryde and Jake Dixon and had to settle for fourth place.

Glenn’s brother Andrew finished sixth in the 600 superstock race on the MWR Kawasaki.