IRISHMAN Rhys Irwin powered to his maiden Pirelli National Superstock 600 win this morning, beating Daniel Brooks by three tenths of a second.
The Irwin Racing/Mondello Park rider took advantage of a dramatic scrap between Jack Nixon and Simon Reid, which ended with both on the deck, to collect his first career victory in the junior stock class.
With a customary strong start, points leader Ben Luxton hit the front early on as a pack formed behind the JR Performance man.
As the scrap tore on it looked to be more of the same, but Luxton dropped a handful of places on lap six and lost his lead, leaving the advantage to teen Irwin.
Former Motostar runner Nixon then had a stab at the lead as he hit the front for the Santander Salt squad, but it wasn’t long before Brooks put JR Performance back in front and just a lap later it was Reid at the head of the pack.
When Kade Verwey dropped out of contention thanks to a crash just as the race crossed its half way point, the safety car was deployed, and it went back into the pits some four laps later, the field was bunched right back up.
As the laps wound down, it looked to be a battle of Nixon v Reid as the two traded places at the front, but Reid’s last-ditch effort to take the win on the penultimate lap ended in disaster as he collected Nixon at Brooklands, leaving Brooks to lead.
And while it looked to be Brooks’ race to lose, Irwin sneaked through in the closing seconds to steal victory by 0.371sec from Brooks, leaving TAG Racing’s Liam Delves to bag third.
Recovering to fourth to salvage 13 points was Luxton, just 0.7sec off the front, as A&J Racing’s Aaron Silvester rounded out the top five just behind.