Glenn Irwin earns maiden Supersport victory at Brands Hatch

Glenn Irwin on the Gearlink Kawasaki
Glenn Irwin on the Gearlink Kawasaki

Glenn Irwin mastered treacherous conditions at Brands Hatch to earn his first victory in the British Supersport class at the Kent track on Sunday.

The Carrick rider enjoyed a dream debut in the Gearlink Kawasaki colours to take victory in the 18-lap Sprint race at the Indy circuit from Luke Jones and Alastair Seeley on the Mar-Train Yamaha, who came through from 15th position on the grid.

An emotional Irwin was made to work hard for the win on a wet but drying track, swapping places at the front before pulling a slight advantage on the final two laps to take the chequered flag.

Irwin shot into the lead from pole position - his first in the class - to head the pack into Paddock Hill Bend from Smiths Triumph rider Graeme Gowland, Jones (Triumph) and Irwin’s team-mate Luke Hedger.

Gowland took the lead on lap five, but Irwin hit straight back at Druids to show he meant business as Seeley moved up to seventh.

Jones was on the move and went through into the lead on lap eight from Irwin at Paddock Hill Bend as Seeley began to challenge Hedger.

Gowland was caught out by the conditions on lap nine with Jones leading the way followed by Irwin, Dixon, Alex Olsen, Hedger and Seeley.

Irwin and Jones took turns at the front, but Irwin made a decisive break two laps from the finish, making smooth progress past slower riders to edge a slight advantage.

He held on to win from Jones as Dixon crashed out on the final lap on the exit of Druids, promoting Seeley to third ahead of Olsen, Hedger and Billy McConnell.