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Brands Hatch BSB Race 2 | Irwin beats Bridewell to victory as BSB title fight goes to the wire

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Glenn Irwin, Tommy Bridewell, BeerMonster Ducati, Ducati Panigale V4 R, 2023 BSB, Brands Hatch, action [Impact Images]

Glenn Irwin held on for victory in Race 2 of the 2023 British Superbike Championship finale at Brands Hatch to whittle the gap to leader Tommy Bridewell to just 5.5 points ahead of a tantalising final race showdown at Brands Hatch.

Irwin led from the second corner and was never headed thereafter, the Ulsterman going on to take his ninth win of the season and, more importantly, eat into BeerMonster Ducati team-mate Bridewell's overall lead and take their fight down to the wire.

The Devizes rider chased Irwin home in second to limit the damage to his advantage, one that affords him the opportunity to finish directly behind his team-mate in Race 3 without giving away the title.


Kyle Ryde (LAMI OMG Racing Yamaha) battled it out for victory with the Ducati pair until a mistake consigned him to third at the flag. While he remains the only other rider with a mathematical chance of this year's title, he remains an outside bet some 30 points adrift and only a maximum of 35 up for grabs in this afternoon's finale.

From the off, Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) started from pole, and he led into Paddock Hill, but Irwin wasted no time in going to the front and dived up the inside at Druids, Ryde following him by O’Halloran soon afterwards. Bridewell had dropped back slightly though to sixth.

The running order after the first lap was Irwin, Ryde, O’Halloran, Christian Iddon (Oxford Products Racing Ducati), Leon Haslam (ROKiT BMW Motorrad Team) and Bridewell but next time around championship leader Bridewell moved ahead of both Iddon and Haslam to take over fourth and he immediately set about closing the gap to the front three.

With a lap of 1’25.770, he was soon on the back wheel of O’Halloran, but it was Irwin who continued to lead albeit just as Ryde and O’Halloran remained right in his wheel tracks, only half a second covering the front four after three laps.

O’Halloran briefly moved into second at the start of lap five only for Ryde to immediately reclaim the position, but the Australian wasn’t to be outdone and was back in second at Surtees with the front four opening a near second advantage over fifth placed Iddon.

The front four continued to run line astern on lap eight but Iddon was out having crashed on the exit of Druids and that brought out the safety car for a period of three laps, the race resuming on lap 11. When it did, the running order was Irwin, O’Halloran, Ryde, Bridewell, Haslam and Josh Brookes (FHO Racing BMW) but when it did, O’Halloran was soon out, crashing heavily on the way into Surtees, fortunately without injury.

That promoted Bridewell up to third and the front three soon had a small gap to new fourth-placed rider Brookes with Irwin, Ryde and Bridewell now separated by 0.390s as Bridewell again set the fastest lap of the race at 1’25.632.

Bridewell got up to second at Hawthorn on lap 13 only for Ryde to retake the position at the next bend, Westfield, whilst further back, Ryde’s team-mate Ryan Vickers was up to fourth ahead of Brookes and the impressive Max Cook (Cheshire Mouldings Kawasaki).

Irwin continued to lead but Bridewell was back into second at Paddock Hill at the start of lap 15 and Ryde ran wide at Druids a lap later to fall almost a second adrift with his chances of victory seemingly gone.


Bridewell was now shadowing Irwin as the race entered its closing stages but was either unable or unwilling to attempt an overtake and it was Irwin who got the verdict by 0.274s to take the title fight into the final race.

Ryde took third, just ahead of Vickers and four seconds back, it was Lee Jackson (Cheshire Mouldings Kawasaki) who came through for fifth ahead of Haslam, Cook, Brookes, Peter Hickman on the second FHO machine and Storm Stacey (Starline Racing Kawasaki).

Brands Hatch BSB | Race 2 Results

2023 British Superbike Championship [BSB] | Brands Hatch | Race 2 Results | Round 11 of 11
1Glenn Irwin🇬🇧BeerMonster PBMDucati Panigale V420 Laps
2Tommy Bridewell🇬🇧BeerMonster PBMDucati Panigale V4+0.274
3Kyle Ryde🇬🇧LAMI OMG RacingYamaha R1+1.132
4Ryan Vickers🇬🇧LAMI OMG RacingYamaha R1+1.668
5Lee Jackson🇬🇧Cheshire Mouldings FS-3Kawasaki ZX-10RR+5.598
6Leon Haslam🇬🇧ROKiT BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR+5.674
7Max Cook🇬🇧Cheshire Mouldings FS-3Kawasaki ZX-10RR+5.849
8Josh Brookes🇦🇺FHO RacingBMW M 1000 RR+6.829
9Peter Hickman🇬🇧FHO RacingBMW M 1000 RR+8.788
10Storm Stacey🇬🇧Starline RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR+10.489
11Charlie Nesbitt🇬🇧MasterMac by HawkHonda CBR1000RR-R+11.239
12Tom Neave🇬🇧Honda RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R+12.821
13Andrew Irwin🇬🇧Honda RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R+12.874
14Jack Kennedy🇮🇪Mar-Train RacingYamaha R1+13.616
15Luke Mossey🇬🇧Tactix L1 RacingBMW M 1000 RR+14.737
16Niccolo Canepa🇮🇹McAMSYamaha R1+14.983
17Bradley Perie🇬🇧VisionTrack RacngKawasaki ZX-10RR+15.706
18Franco Bourne🇬🇧Marvel HCL RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R (P)+19.716
19Alex Olsen🇬🇧Cumins by Team IWRHonda CBR1000RR-R (P)+24.996
20Brayden Elliott🇦🇺DAO RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR+29.130
DNFLouis Valleley🇬🇧Rapid CDH RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR
DNFJason O'Halloran🇦🇺McAMSYamaha R1
DNFChristian Iddon🇬🇧Oxford RacingDucati Panigale V4
DNFJack Scott🇬🇧Rapid CDH RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR
DNFShaun Winfield🇬🇧TAG RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R (P)
DNFDavey Todd🇬🇧SYNETIQ BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR
DNFTom Booth-Amos🇬🇧TAG RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R
DNFFraser Rogers🇬🇧IN CompetitionAprilia RSV4 (P)

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