Brands BSB: Irwin takes maiden Supersport win as Farmer crashes

Irwin is on the brink of what seemed the impossible a matter of weeks ago
Irwin is on the brink of what seemed the impossible a matter of weeks ago Picture: Impact Images

Gearlink Kawasaki’s Andrew Irwin took his maiden Dickies British Supersport win at the most poignant time possible with championship leader Keith Farmer crashing out on lap one – taking the title down to the final race tomorrow.

Appleyard Macadam Racing’s Farmer got a great start from pole position but then at Graham Hill Bend whilst trying to break clear, the front end tucked and he dramatically crashed out.

Both Gearlink Kawasaki riders Irwin and Ben Currie saw Farmer hit the deck and from then on took control of the race. Tempus MV Augusta’s Jack Kennedy applied as much pressure as he could but couldn’t find a way through.

German born Aussie Currie lead for a few laps but once Irwin hit the front he played the team game, making sure Irwin was untouched on his way to his first Supersport win of the year.

Irwin has collected 85 points from the last four races against the zero of Farmer, seeing what seemed an insurmountable championship lead cut down to a now achievable 18 points ahead of tomorrow’s finale.

It was another Gearlink Kawasaki one-two, with Currie cruising home to second place to the delight of his team as they strive towards a debut British Supersport championship themselves.

EHA Yamaha’s David Allingham bounced back on to the podium with an impressive third place, after getting the better of Jack Kennedy and a returning Joe Collier on the final lap.

GO Racing Development’s Jamie Perrin slipped backwards to sixth place after sitting in a podium place earlier on. He came through a second clear of Halsall Yamaha’s Joe Francis.

Rounding out the top ten were Ross Twyman, Eemeli Lahti and Matt Truelove. The Moto2 machines of Alastair Seeley and Fraser Rogers came across the line in first and eleventh respectively within the final order but are ineligible from scoring any points.

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Farmer is okay following the crash but the bike will be rebuilt overnight
Farmer is okay following the crash but the bike will be rebuilt overnight Picture: Impact Images
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