Glenn Irwin scored his second consecutive pole position in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Thruxton, lapping under the circuit record to hit the top of the times for the Be Wiser Ducati team, ahead of Luke Mossey and brother Andrew, as the brothers celebrated a double front row start for the first time.
Christian Iddon had initially set the benchmark in Q3 but a flurry of fast laps left the elder of the two Irwin brothers at the top and despite the best efforts of his championship rivals, Glenn had the edge at the chequered flag.
JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s Luke Mossey moved to within 0.032s of the Be Wiser Ducati with the local team securing a front row start with Andrew Irwin celebrating his first front row start in the Superbike class.
Brands Hatch double race winner Josh Brookes will head the second row of the grid on the McAMS Yamaha, but for team-mate Tarran Mackenzie he will start on the back row after suffering a technical problem in the opening session.
Bradley Ray made leaps forward to move into fifth place in Datatag Qualifying for the Buildbase Suzuki team, pushing Jake Dixon back into sixth place on the RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki after an earlier run that moved him up the order.
Iddon dropped to seventh place in the closing stages on the leading Tyco BMW, easing championship Leon Haslam into eighth ahead of Danny Buchan who completed the top nine ahead of tomorrow’s opening race.
Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Thruxton, Datatag Qualifying:
- Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) 1m:14.565s
- Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.032s
- Andrew Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.117s
- Josh Brookes (McAMS Yamaha) +0.193s
- Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +0.264s
- Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) +0.461s
- Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +0.479s
- Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.569s
- Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +1.169s
The seventh round of the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship take place at Thruxton on August 3./4/5. For more information visit www.britishsuperbike.com