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Glenn Irwin and Alastair Seeley Split BSS Race Wins At Round 1

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Glenn Irwin held off the determined Luke Jones to enjoy maiden race winning glory in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship though just 0.173s separated the pair after an 18 lap thriller.

Gearlink Kawasaki rider Irwin had made the early running though with Graeme Gowland in close contention as Luke Jones move third following the early demise of Luke Stapleford while Alastair Seeley was overcoming a fifth row start by riding hard into eighth place on the opening lap.

Jones, riding the Acumen Industrial Service Triumph was pushing on hard and was running second after Gowland had crashed and on the eighth lap eased ahead of Irwin and held him off for four laps before the Gearlink rider regained the advantage. Jake Dixon looked all set for a podium finish only to crash on the last lap with Seeley on his MarTrain Yamaha debut taking third.

"I hadn't ridden the bike in the wet before but we had a setting dialled into it - I had a plan that it anyone came past, I would push on to them." Irwin said. "Luke came through and I tried to go with him and it was time to take a risk round the outside to take him and that's the first one is in the bag."

Alex Olsen crossed the line in fourth place, the first EVO class rider, on the Power Projects Racing/T3 Racing Triumph with Luke Hedger fifth on the second Gearlink bike.

Feature Race
Alastair Seeley won the first British Supersport Feature race of the season - Credit: Britishsuperbike.com
Alastair Seeley put his bid to regain the Motorpoint British Supersport title firmly on track with a victory in a feature race thriller ahead of the Smiths Triumph duo of Graeme Gowland and Australia's Billy McConnell.

Seeley made the break to lead the opening lap on his MarTrain Yamaha but it was short-live as Gowland pushed ahead next time around and on the third lap there was yet another leader in the shape of Sprint race winner Glenn Irwin.

Gowland moved back in front, but soon he was feeling the heat from his team-mate McConnell. The second Smiths Triumph rider had worked through from fifth on the opening lap to be in a position to challenge and then take the lead on the fifth lap.

McConnell had the edge but Gowland was piling on the pressure amid what was fast developing into a three way scrap for the lead. Seeley grabbed second on the ninth lap from Gowland and a couple of laps later the former champion was heading the pack.

Once out front Seeley upped the pace and edged a lead over Gowland with McConnell third from Luke Stapleford and Irwin. The Smiths Triump riders had an epic battle on the final lap with nothing between them, but Gowland had the edge as the pair crossed the line for the final time.

"We knew we had the pace in the dry and that was a typical Supersport race from the word go - I saw them (Gowland and McConnell) rubbing fairings and then got to the front and was able to run the laps down and do the job," A delighted Seeley stated.

In the EVO class, Alex Olsen, eleventh overall on the Power Projects Racing T3 Triumph, took the victory ahead of Sam Coventry aboard the Road & Racing Performance/Future Moto Kawasaki.

Motorpoint British Championship, Brands Hatch, sprint race
1. Glenn Irwin (Gearlink Kawasaki)
2. Luke Junes (Acumen Industrial Services Triumph) +0.173s
3. Alastair Seeley (MarTrain Yamaha) +6.339s
4. Alex Olsen (Power Projects Racing/T3 Racing Triumph) +7.643s
5. Luke Hedger (Gearlink Kawasaki) +9.216s

Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, Brands Hatch, feature race
1. Alastair Seeley (MarTrain Yamaha)
2. Graeme Gowland (Smiths Racing Triumph) +2.904s
3. Billy McConnell (Smiths Racing Triumph) +2.975s
4. Luke Stapleford (Profile Racing Triumph) +4.587s
5. Glenn Irwin (Gearlink Kawasaki) +9.492s

Motorpoint British Supersport Championship standings
1. Alastair Seeley (MarTrain Yamaha) 41 Pts
2. Glenn Irwin (Gearlink Kawasaki) 36 Pts
3. Luke Jones (Acumen Industrial Service) 30 Pts
4. Billy McConnell (Smiths Racing Triumph) 26 Pts
5. Alex Olsen (E) (Power Projects Racing/T3 Triumph) 18 Pts

Top Image: Glenn Irwin stands on top of the Super Sport Podium after winning the Sprint race

Credit: Britishsuperbike.com

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