Officials made the safest decision not to race at Donington yesterday, says Glenn Irwin





James Robinson

British Superbike Championship leader Glenn Irwin braces for a hectic triple header at Donington Park today after bad weather forced the postponement of yesterday’s first race

Heavy rain at the Leicestershire circuit also resulted in qualifying being canceled, with grid positions based on Friday’s free practice times placing Irwin second on the front row alongside the man from pole and title rival Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati)

A warm-up session took place yesterday morning, while the first race of the weekend was brought forward by almost four hours to an earlier start time of 12 hours8 p.m.

However, the race was delayed due to adverse conditions, and although an attempt to restart was made at 2 p.m., the plan was abandoned after the observation tour All other races yesterday have also been canceled

Organizers now intend to compete in all three BSB races today in the penultimate round of the championship

Carrickfergus man Irwin holds a slight two-point advantage over Australian driver Jason O’Halloran, with Brookes eight more points in third

Irwin, who was three times second on the shorter Donington National Tour in the first round in August, said: « I felt good in the wet conditions but there is a lot of standing water and a lot of aquaplaning

« You couldn’t do anything different from round to round and walk away, but for us in the front row it wouldn’t be so bad with the spray

« I was behind Josh (Brookes) on the warm-up lap and the spray is the big deal for me as I was having trouble seeing the edges The way it went in the wet, I would like to go for big points, but you have to think about the security side of things

The UK Supersport Sprint race took place yesterday, and Fermanagh native Lee Johnston was left to curse his luck when he slipped out of a safe second place on the very last lap

Championship leader Rory Skinner (Tysers Yamaha) also slipped in the atrocious conditions as he led the race, which was ultimately won by Gearlink Kawasaki’s James Westmoreland almost 19 seconds behind James Rose

Former champion Alastair Seeley managed to place eighth overall and fourth in the GP2 Cup category

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