Friday 20th July 2018
Glenn Irwin Clinches Sensational Brands Hatch Pole

Qualifying for round six of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship saw the Be Wiser PBM Ducati team enjoy a successful day at Brands Hatch with Glenn Irwin taking pole position for tomorrow’s opening race with team-mate and younger brother Andrew Irwin also having a strong day as he claimed eighth place on the factory-backed Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R.
 
Glenn’s weekend started well when he posted the quickest time in the opening free practice session on Friday and although the Carrickfergus rider could only lap a tenth quicker during FP3 this morning, he went into Datatag Extreme Qualifying as the fourth quickest rider overall and in a confident frame of mind.
 
In the opening Q1, the 28-year-old Ulsterman immediately went quicker than what he had done during the free practice sessions with a time of 1m 25.200s putting him easily through to Q2 where he continued his good progress with a lap of 1m 25.143s in the session. 
 
That just left the final eight-minute Q3 session and a superb lap of 1m 24.628s saw Glenn take his maiden BSB pole position, just 0.081s ahead of closest challenger Josh Brookes.
 
Meanwhile Andrew, having just his third race meeting on a Superbike for Paul Bird’s Penrith-based team, was also in the top twelve throughout practice and after placing 11th quickest on Friday, he improved his time by more than half a second this morning which meant he went into qualifying ninth fastest overall and just a tenth of a second slower than Glenn.
 
A time of 1m 25.886s in Q1 placed him 12th quickest meaning he comfortably made it through to Q2 where he put in a superb time of 1m 25.191s during the 12-minute session which was just 0.048s slower than Glenn. The 23 year old was unable to go any quicker in Q3 but recorded the eighth fastest time before sliding off in the closing stages at Paddock Hill Bend.
 
Glenn Irwin: “I’m really, really happy to take pole position and we’ve had a good strategy all weekend although the changes we made for FP3 didn’t work for me in the way that we thought they would. We went back to what we had in FP1 for qualifying although there were still two areas where I know I needed to improve and fair play to Johnny (Mowatt), Ryan (Rainey) and Phil (Borley) on my side of the garage as they gave me a bike that was faultless for Q3. I’m over the moon to get pole position so I feel we’re in a good place ahead of the two races.”
 
Andrew Irwin: “The weekend’s been good so far and I’ve continued to make good steps forward, not just in terms of my position on the timesheets but also in how I’m riding the bike. I’ve been trying to ride the bike like Shakey has done and my first goal was to get into Q3, which I did. I didn’t quite piece a whole lap together, but eighth place is another step forward and I’ll go into tomorrow looking for two more top ten positions. I feel really happy in the team and the atmosphere in the garage is great so I’m looking forward to the two races.”
 
Johnny Mowatt, Team Co-ordinator: “It’s really good to get our first pole position of the year and Glenn’s first qualifying pole and both riders have been steadily working through various settings across the two days. Glenn made changes after Q1 and again after Q2 and he was able to break into the 1m 24s bracket which was enough to take pole. I can’t say enough about Andrew and what he’s doing is phenomenal. He’s showing up a few of the BSB regulars so we need to keep him calm and keep him going in the right direction like he has been so far. It’s been a good day so hopefully tomorrow will give both riders the results they deserve.”

“The weekend’s been good so far and I’ve continued to make good steps forward, not just in terms of my position on the timesheets but also in how I’m riding the bike. "
“I’m really, really happy to take pole position and we’ve had a good strategy all weekend although the changes we made for FP3 didn’t work for me in the way that we thought they would."

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