Be Wiser Ducati title fighter Glenn Irwin uncharacteristically struggled with confidence in damp conditions during the opening Bennetts British Superbike clash at Oulton Park but made up for it in the second race.
Irwin had to start from the back of the race-one grid alongside Leon Haslam but couldn’t match the Kawasaki man’s charge through the grid. However, a fourth-place in race two saw the Carrickfergus man grab a decent points haul.
“Unfortunately, the bike stalled at the beginning of race one and I had to start at the back of the grid and although I’m normally good in the damp conditions, I didn’t carry the confidence I’d gained in practice into the race, so it was a long 16 laps,” said Irwin.
“It was a bit of a blip but in race two I fought as hard as I could and once I got going, my pace was similar to the leaders. Coming from 14th on the grid to sixth place was good and the bike felt strong and the team have worked really hard all weekend, like always, so a big thanks to them.”