Be Wiser Ducati Head To Oulton Park For Showdown OpenerThu, 13/09/2018
For the second time this season, Oulton Park in Cheshire hosts a round of the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship but this time the stakes are much higher as round ten of the series also comprises the first of the three Showdown rounds which will determine the champion.
Carrickfergus rider Glenn Irwin comfortably qualified for one of the all-important top six places last weekend at Silverstone and arrives at the PBM team’s local track determined to close the points gap on the riders in front of him aboard the factory-supported Be Wiser Ducati Panigale Rs.
The 28 year old has six podiums to his name so far but has yet to take a victory this season so will be hoping to put that right this weekend. Glenn has a good track record around Oulton Park in the past and the Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R is well suited to the contours of the track so both Glenn and the team are confident going into the two races.
Younger brother Andrew continues his rookie season for Paul Bird’s team aboard the second of the Be Wiser Ducati Panigale Rs and after a tough couple of rounds, aims to bounce back in style this weekend. The 23 year old has proved at times he has the pace to run with the regular front-runners and despite not racing at the previous round there back in May, is hopeful of achieving some more solid finishes in the points.
Glenn Irwin: “We arrive in the Showdown with a chance to win the championship and that has been the goal all season long so far. I will work hard across the weekend to improve in areas that we need to from our earlier visit here which didn’t go as I’d have liked. It’s nice to get to the race track now and concentrate on riding without worrying about qualifying for the Showdown. We know the bike works well around here so it’s up to me to try to win both races now.”
Andrew Irwin: “It’s good to get straight back on track after Silverstone, where I felt good, but luck maybe wasn’t on my side. This weekend I need two consistent finishes so that is the priority. As ever, qualifying will be important so my aim is to make Q3 and be as strong as possible in the two races. It’s going to be a challenge as I didn’t ride here earlier in the season but that won’t be a major problem with the team I have around me.”
There is live action on Eurosport and on the Eurosport player throughout the weekend with Datatag Extreme Qualifying on Saturday from 16.00 and the two Bennetts BSB races are live on Sunday at 13.35 and 16.35. Highlights on ITV4 will be shown on Wednesday evening at 20.00.
For further information, please visit the team’s website, www.pbmuk.netand the official website of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship www.britishsuperbike.com.