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Darren Fullerton

Glenn Irwin relieved to "walk away from" major crash at British Superbike Championship

Glenn Irwin breathed a sigh of relief after walking away from a major crash in round three of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Donington National on Sunday.

The Carrickfergus rider crashed out and took a heavy fall after English rider Leon Haslam high-sided on the exit at Starkey’s in Race three of the meeting.

Irwin had nowhere to go and a safety car was called while Haslam also raced to check on the Northern Irishman after he collided with a safety barrier.

Read more: Michael Dunlop opens up on his 'love of road racing' despite family tragedies

Irwin later took to social media to reassure fans that he was “safe” and raring to go for the Isle of Man TT which runs from May 28 to June 11.

He tweeted: “That was a biggie today. Glad to walk away from it. Had to jump off whilst avoiding Leon Haslam then hit the barrier quite hard.

“Thanks to @ShoeiHelmetsUK @FrankThomasMoto @alpinestars for keeping me safe. Roll on @ttracesofficial.”

Irwin, who won both Superbike races at the North West 200 earlier this month, finished the meeting with an overall points tally of 107 points.

He is currently sixth in the standings, 51 points below leader Ray Bradley and 28 off second-placed Jason O’Halloran who won the second and third races.

Irwin had finished fifth in Saturday’s opening British Superbike race at Donington, while a technical issue forced his retirement from race two.

The next round of action is at Knockhill in Scotland on June 18 and 19.

Read more: Glenn Irwin on the North West 200 icons he looked up to

Read more: Michael Dunlop highlights 'most dangerous part of motorsport' ahead of TT return

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