29 Sept 2022

Irwin brothers in the points at Snetterton

Rhys and Caolán Irwin were competing in round 8 of the British Superbikes Championship at Snetterton

Irwin brothers in the points at Snetterton

Rhys Iwrin in action at Snetterton.

The Irwin brothers both finished in the points at Round 8 of the British Superbikes Championship at Snetterton at the weekend.

Rhys Irwin, racing his factory-supported Astro Triumph had his best weekend to date this season.

Race 1 saw Jack Kennedy, a four time British Champion, take the initiative, with Irwin close on his tail holding a consistent third place until a coming together with another racer forced him wide onto the grass.

Irwin held his nerve got back on track and went across the line in seventh. Race 2 saw more of the same with Rhys finishing in fifth place.

Irwin said: “It was a great weekend. This is a new bike that we are developing and it has not been easy and in this premier class that makes challenging for a podium nearly impossible against the likes of Jack Kennedy and Lee Johnston who have a decade more experience than me.

“I had a podium in my sights in race 1 but I was lucky to hold onto the bike after that race incident and finish. We don't have the best set up yet but I have a great team who just haven't stopped all season testing different options. There is definitely more to come from this bike and this weekend was the most comfortable I felt on it yet."

Older brother Caolán Irwin also finished both races in the points came away happy from Snetterton.

He said: “I am in a great team this year. They have given me a really good set up and I am loving racing the R&R Yamaha. Unfortunately we didn't have a race engine for the last two rounds - because of Brexit it has been hard to get the refreshed engines back into the UK.

“We still managed to put points on the board but this is one of the two Premier Classes in BSB with professional racers that don't make it easy.I am in my first year in this class and learning every round."

The next round sees the team travel to Oulton Park in two weeks time.

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