Glenn Irwin set an incredible lap time in the penultimate session at the Bennetts British Superbike Championship official test at Silverstone this afternoon, posting the fastest ever BSB lap of the National circuit by 0.009s for Honda Racing.
The lap record set by Jason O’Halloran last year, but Glenn Irwin dipped beneath both that and the fastest lap set in Qualifying last year by Danny Buchan to put himself 0.061s clear at the top of the times ahead of Tarran Mackenzie.
Mackenzie had been strong throughout, leading the McAMS Yamaha pairing and running in the leading position earlier in the session. He ended just 0.150s ahead of his teammate O’Halloran, who had also been at the top of the times earlier in the session.
Christian Iddon was fourth fastest as the VisionTrack Ducati rider set a best time that was 0.346s adrift of Glenn Irwin at the top. He had also been at the sharp end throughout the 40-minute session, holding off Ryan Vickers who completed the top five for the RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki team.
Xavi Forés was the fastest of the BMW contenders; he set the sixth fastest time for FHO Racing BMW, putting him narrowly ahead of Kyle Ryde on the Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW.
Danny Kent had set the pace before lunch and he held eighth place for Buildbase Suzuki with Andrew Irwin and Gino Rea completing the top ten with one session remaining.
Bennetts British Superbike Championship Official Test, Silverstone, Session 7: