The weekends racing took the team to the prestigious Foxhill track in Swindon, Wiltshire, for round five of the Maxxis ACU British Championship. Glorious sunshine bathed the venue for most of the day, and the track was a well prepared for a great days racing.
This round was missing the MXY2 class but was the start of the series’ three round Veterans Championship. Another difference in proceedings was that the final race would be MX1 and MX2 ran together, with the top twenty from each class gaining entry.
Irwins day started quite well, he qualified sixth in MX2, but was pushed back a little in the Superpole event and ended up qualifying in eighth for the days racing ahead.
A good start in race one, and Irwin was in fifth putting down some faster than qualifying lap times. Unfortunately a puncture early on was costly and caused him to have a big off, but he still managed to cross the line in ninth.
Race two wasn’t a great start and Irwin was running in eighth for the first four laps. The track was hard, fast and quite difficult to pass, but Irwin got his head down and within three laps had moved up to his final finishing position of fifth.
These results gave him seventh overall in MX2, and gained him a comfortable entry into the final mixed class race.
With the final race being mixed and the points being counted as a normal race, the underpowered MX2 machines needed to get a good start. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case for Irwin who gated in thirteenth. He managed to push hard and rode well, and despite being hounded by Harri Kullas he finished in eleventh giving him fifth overall for the day.
“”It’s not as though the championship with Bradshaw and Lenoir is out of the question. It was a steady day, it’s just not where I want to be.“
In MX1, Luke Burton had a much better weekend than previously. That said, qualification wasn’t great with twenty-fifth pick of the gate after having some clutch issues, and the start of race one was a bad one, but we were shown a glimpse of what Luke can do when his nerves are put to one side.
Gating in thirtieth in race one, he moved into twenty-fifth by lap four. Fighting hard all race he picked his way through the field and finished in nineteenth, receiving his first points of the series.
A much better start in race two, and Luke was in twenty first. He quickly moved into nineteenth and back into the points, but despite being under constant pressure, he kept his composure, rode aggressively, and crossed the line in eighteenth.
Although riding well, and finishing inside the top twenty in both races, he was twenty-first overall. Unfortunately this wasn’t enough to qualify for entry into the mixed final race which dampened an otherwise good day for the twenty-three year old.
Round six of the Maxxis British Championship is on the 23rd of June at Destertmartin, Northern Ireland.
Round three of the Red Bull Pro Nationals is on the 29-30th of June at Culham Park, Oxfordshire.