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For the final time this season, the Be Wiser Ducati pairing of Glenn and Andrew Irwin head to Brands Hatch for round 12 of the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship with both Carrickfergus brothers aiming to end the season in style.
For 28-year-old Glenn, the priority is to claim a victory which he’s come so close to doing on a number of occasions this year on Paul Bird’s factory-backed Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R and with the Showdown finale hosting three races at the Kent circuit, he’s hopeful he can achieve his goal.
Doing that would give him the best chance of securing third place in the standings, whereby he currently occupies fourth place just three points down on Josh Brookes, who did the double when the series visited the Brands Hatch GP track back in July. Added to his double Superbike win at the North West 200, that would constitute a reasonable season for Glenn, who will leave the Penrith-based PBM team at the weekend after a three-year tenure.
As for 24-year-old sibling Andrew, he’ll be looking to carry on his superb form over the past two rounds which saw him achieve his best BSB result of his short career when he took his Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R to fourth place in the mixed conditions at Oulton Park and followed that up with a sixth place at Assen two weeks ago.
The meeting will see Andrew in a unique situation as it will be the only track he’s raced the Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R at, and which saw him post two solid points-scoring rides on only his third ride on a Superbike earlier this year. Andrew too will be moving on from the PBM team at the end of the season so hopes for a good showing this weekend.
Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati #2)
"I’ve got mixed emotions heading into the final round on what will be my final BSB round for PBM for the foreseeable future. The goal never changes and that’s to win races and I think that it would be fitting to end my time at Be Wiser Ducati in this way. Obviously third position in the title race is realistic now as well which would cap a successful season in which the Showdown was the objective. If I can be a double NW200 winner and clinch third in the standings this season I will be happy, especially if that comes via race wins this weekend."
Andrew Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati #18)
"I go to Brands Hatch with a good feeling after Assen where I feel we found something extra in the second race. I had two decent results at Brands Hatch back in July, so I hope I can build on them as it’s not often I’ve got to ride a track more than once on the Be Wiser Ducati this year. It’s going to be my last race for PBM, so I hope to end it strongly and wish to thank Paul Bird and all the team for the opportunity they gave me."