Gearlink Kawasaki’s Glenn Irwin continued to make eye-catching progress in the Motorsport British Supersport Championship as the Carrick man finished fourth in Sunday’s Sprint race at Cadwell Park.
The race was won by Billy McConnell on the Smiths Triumph, who set a new lap record on his way to a dramatic victory by 0.001s over team-mate Graeme Gowland.
Luke Stapleford made it a Triumph one-two-three as he completed the rostrum places ahead of the impressive Irwin, who is back in British championship action after making his road racing debut at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix.
Mar-Train Racing’s Alastair Seeley was sixth as the championship contender finished behind Luke Jones and is now 18 points behind series leader McConnell in third place in the standings.
Gowland holds second position, four points behind his team-mate going into today’s feature race at the Bank Holiday meeting at the Lincolnshire track.
In the MCE British Superbike class, Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne dipped under Leon Haslam’s 2006 lap record at to secure pole.
Byrne set a blistering pace to claim the number one spot on the grid with a lap of 1m 26.017s, which put him almost a second clear of Buildbase BMW’s Ryuichi Kiyonari (1m 26.921s).
The pair were the only riders to clock 1m 26s laps in final qualifying, with Milwaukee Yamaha’s Tommy Bridewell managing a best time of 1m 27.681s to secure the final place on the front row.
Clogher man Keith Farmer will start from row nine on the PR Racing Kawasaki.
Josh Elliott was 12th fastest in the National Superstock 1000 race, while Andy Reid was fourth quickest in the Superstock 600 class on the FFX Yamaha.
Marty Nutt finished third in the opening Ducati TriOptions Cup race.