Rhys Irwin scored 26 points in the first ever British Talent Cup in 2018 finishing the season 16th overall. His best result was an eighth place at the Snetterton round. The organisers of the championship have invited the young Irish talent back to compete in the 2019 season.
In 2018 he also competed in the British Superbike support class British Motostar. Riding his Motorcycle Ireland standard Honda NSF250R he collected 139 points during the campaign. That placed him seventh overall. He took his first podium in the category at the final round at Brands Hatch where he finished third.
He raced in the Thundersport Aprilia RRV450GP Championship in 2017 finishing third with 403 points. Over the course of the season, he stepped onto the podium 15 times and took five race victories.
Irwin was the Donegal motocross champion for three years running, and the Irish and Ulster 2 stroke champion 2014. After that, he wanted to follow his brother Caolán so he switched to circuit racing. In 2015, he finished 7th in the Thundersport Superteens Championship.
In 2016 Irwin was runner-up by just one point behind the title winner in the Thundersport Superteens Championship. In a superb year, he was also Irish Masters Championship on an Aprilia 125, Southern Centre Irish Champion and took two lap records on the Mondello circuit. He was the youngest ever rider to be nominated for Irish Young Rider of the Year at just 14. He was nominated again at the end of this season. To finish, he was invited to the Red Bull Rookies selection event.
Irwin maintained his good form in 2017. Due to other commitments, he only competed in six of the 17 Lightweight Supersport Championship races but he won all of those he entered. In the Thundersport Aprilia RRV450GP Championship, he was unable to complete the full season. Despite missing several races he finished third.
Now for 2019 Irwin will compete in the British Talent Cup alongside 21 of the best riders in the British Isles.