Glenn Irwin was victorious in his 200th Bennetts British Superbike Championship race, winning the BikeSocial Sprint Race at Cadwell Park, holding off the hard-charging Yamahas with just 0.472s separating the top four to reduce the deficit at the top of the standings to 19.5 points.
At the start of the race, Ryan Vickers had initially led the pack, but Irwin was instantly on the attack and he claimed the lead ahead of the LAMI OMG Racing Yamaha rider and Leon Haslam as the trio made the best of their front row starts.
As Irwin maintained his lead, Kyle Ryde had moved into third place with Jason O’Halloran just adrift. Haslam was forced to retire from the race with a technical problem on lap three, ending his hopes of a podium return at Cadwell Park prematurely.
Vickers made a move at Charlies for the lead on the eleventh lap, but Irwin wasted no time in regaining the position and by Park, he was back ahead on the BeerMonster Ducati.
The leading trio had a slight edge, but in the final stages of the race, O’Halloran had closed back in on his rivals ahead of him.
Ryde snatched second from Vickers on the final lap with a move on the brakes into Park, but Irwin had just enough on the dash to the chequered flag to claim victory in his milestone 200th Bennetts BSB race by just 0.118s.
O’Halloran had been closing in, but he had to settle for fourth on the McAMS Yamaha with championship leader Tommy Bridewell claiming fifth place as his lead in the standings was reduced to 19.5 points ahead of tomorrow’s two races.
Lee Jackson was sixth for the Cheshire Mouldings Kawasaki team, just ahead of Christian Iddon who maintained his position ahead of FHO Racing BMW Motorrad Team pairing Josh Brookes and Peter Hickman. Jack Kennedy completed the top ten for the Mar-Train Yamaha team.
Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Cadwell Park, BikeSocial Sprint Race result:
- Glenn Irwin (BeerMonster Ducati)
- Kyle Ryde (LAMI OMG Racing Yamaha) +0.118s
- Ryan Vickers (LAMI OMG Racing Yamaha) +0.250s
- Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +0.472s
- Tommy Bridewell (BeerMonster Ducati) +1.686s
- Lee Jackson (Cheshire Mouldings Kawasaki) +1.887s
- Christian Iddon (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) +2.796s
- Josh Brookes (FHO Racing BMW Motorrad Team) +8.105s
- Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW Motorrad Team) +8.940s
- Jack Kennedy (Mar-Train Racing Yamaha) +9.255s