RHYS Irwin led an Ireland one-two in today’s Pirelli National Superstock 600 scrap as he beat his brother Caolan to victory.
The Mondello Park/Irwin Racing rider was involved in a race-long battle before taking the lead just a lap from the finish as he clinched the win over his older sibling and R&R Racing’s TJ Toms.
Champion Ben Luxton was fastest off the line as he dragged down Paddock Hill with yesterday’s protagonists Caolan Irwin of Astro JJR Racing and TJ Toms right on his tail.
But the freight train soon formed in their shadow as George Stanley, Liam Delves, Jack Nixon, Joe Talbot, Rhys Irwin, Zak Cordery, Simon Reid and Louis Valleley all tucked in behind.
By lap five, Toms had found a way through on Caolan before levering JR Performance man Luxton back to third to take the lead, but Luxton continued to come under threat as Rhys slipped past before Stanley moved through the very next time around.
With three laps to go, Rhys was right on Caolan’s tail and looking to grab second place before hunting down Toms.
Rhys found a way through on his older brother at Graham Hill on lap 10 and immediately went after Toms, lining him up at Paddock Hill and holding off the pursuing duo as the Irishman bagged victory by 0.360sec.
But the battle for second went down to the wire as Caolan pipped Toms by 0.029sec to secure silver, while Santander Salt TAG Racing’s Delves and Luxton rounded out the top five.