Honda Racing rider Glenn Irwin took just his second top six British Superbike finish of the season at Brands Hatch thanks to a mixed conditioned race three. 

Irwin was one of the riders to take a gamble on full wet tyres having started outside the top ten. It was a decision that paid off as he made his way into podium contention before a red flag halted proceedings. 

On the restart, Irwin was unable to hold the pace of the championship favorites as dry conditions returned for the seven lap dash. 

The Northern Irishman was able to consolidate his position inside the top six, but ‘chatter’ issues continue to hinder Irwin’ true potential. 

Irwin did manage to reduce the points deficit to Lee Jackson who sits eighth in the standings (last showdown spot), in a weekend where ‘we overachieved’ despite the problems. 

"It was a positive weekend in terms of points, especially today where we narrowed the Showdown gap a bit and moved up a position in the championship," said Irwin. 

"I'm satisfied and today I think we overachieved, right now we don't have the package underneath us to fight in the top-eight in normal conditions over a race distance. 

"The boys deserved the points we got, we are having some problems with chatter and my feeling is if we can get to the bottom of this we'll be back in the hunt and at the front again. 

"But whilst we have it we're restricted with our progress. I'm feeling so much better physically, which is another positive to take away."