Glenn Irwin – 1’14.565
Luke Mossey – 1’14.597
Andrew Irwin – 1’14.682
Glenn Irwin took his second successive Bennetts British Superbike pole position this afternoon, but it was little brother Andrew who provided the biggest talking point as he powered to third.
The elder sibling burst to the front of the final qualifying session, with Luke Mossey just 0.032s behind and Andrew a further 0.085s adrift in third.
Action on circuit was akin to a race as nearly all nine riders travelled around the Hampshire circuit together, dicing along the way while some were held up with traffic.
Jake Dixon slipped past Christian Iddon to move into fifth, but he was pushed back down to sixth when Brookes moved into fourth to provisionally head row two ahead of Bradley Ray.
Despite post-flag efforts from Iddon and Haslam, they couldn’t improve on their positions and had to settle for third-row starts as FS-3 Racing’s Danny Buchan completed the top nine.
Andrew Irwin – 1’14.346
Glenn Irwin – 1’14.529
Jake Dixon – 1’14.697
Andrew Irwin shot to the front of the second qualifying session after a family effort from he and Be Wiser PBM team-mate Glenn Irwin.
Ducati’s Superbike rookie went straight to the top with a 1’14.346, over four tenths faster than Shane Byrne’s existing lap record, as he took advantage of a tow off brother Glenn, who went second fastest straight out of the gates.
Iddon, Brookes, Ray, Mossey and Buchan were almost straight into the 1’14 bracket as they rounded off the top seven.
A late effort from Haslam to go seventh fastest and a charge in the final seconds from Dixon to go third quickest kicked Aussie O’Halloran and yesterday’s fast-man Peter Hickman out of the top-nine.
Bradley Ray – 1’14.860
Luke Mossey – 1’15.044
Jake Dixon – 1’15.238
Ray led the opening qualifying session this afternoon with a 1’14.860 as the only man to clock a 1’14s lap.The Kent rider stormed to the front on just his second flying lap as Mossey and O’Halloran slotted into second and third, the latter two still in the 1’15s.
RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki’s Dixon and Glenn Irwin moved up into third and fourth, pushing O’Halloran down to fifth with just over 11 minutes to go.
JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s Haslam clocked a 1’15.402 to move into seventh before Brookes shot from 20th to 10th, provisionally pushing Cooper out of Q2 contention into 19th.
But the diminutive Buildbase Suzuki rider jumped up to 14th just ahead of Buchan in 15th with just under four minutes to go, just after Rouse had slipped into 11th.
Anvil Hire TAG Racing Yamaha’s boys Winfield and Ellison secured their places in Q2 just a couple minutes later, leaving Tyco BMW’s Michael Laverty outside the cut-off as the chequered flags waved.