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NW200 Supersport and Supertwin race results
Seeley sets new 600cc lap record and wins his 13th North West 200 race
AFTER dominating the North West 200 practice sessions, Alastair Seeley won the opening Supersport race on-board his Tyco Suzuki in perfect conditions.
The 34-year-old set a new 600cc lap record of 117.077mph and has now won a total of 13 North West races, which places him on equal wins to the late Joey Dunlop and Michael Rutter.
North West newcomer Glenn Irwin ensured that Seeley had to fight for the win. The young British Supersport championship contender made his debut on the North coast and, despite starting from the second row, led the race from the start on his Gear Link Kawasaki.
Seeley and Irwin battled for the lead as the Tyco man passed Irwin into Juniper Hill chicane on the second lap, but just as the fight was intensifying Irwin was forced to retire due to engine problems.
“Some people don’t rate the Suzuki but I like it.” Seeley said afterwards.
“It was a close race and Glenn was putting me under a bit of pressure there – and fair play to him on being up there with us on his first time around here! I’m sure he’s learned a fair bit sitting in there too. Track knowledge and experience did it for me though – Glenn was using the entire road!”
With Irwin out, it was down to Michael Dunlop on his MD Racing machine to challenge with the then 12-time North West 200 winner, but the Yamaha just didn’t have the pace to stay with the Suzuki. Dunlop finished in second 7.5 seconds behind race winner Seeley.
Lee Johnston battled with New Zealand’s Bruce Anstey from start to finish, but it was Johnston who took the final podium position leaving the Padgetts Valvoline rider in fourth.
Next up was the Supertwins race around the 8.9-mile Triangle circuit.
Ryan Farquhar started from pole position to take the race win after creating a lead on the SGS/KMR Kawasaki until Metropole on the final lap. Team-mate Jeremy McWilliams dived up the inside of Farquhar and then he had a battle on his hands.
Despite battling with is own team-mate, it was Farquhar who went underneath the former Grand Prix star and hel on until the chequered flag to win on his come-back to full-time racing.
“I knew Jeremy was going to have a go – I just didn’t know where.” Farquhar explained as McWilliams celebrated in the winners’ enclosure.
“It was a fantastic race and just to get on the podium is good, but it’s a dream come true – and having Jeremy beside me is just fantastic!”
The Superstock race got under way as the top riders at the front began to fight it out, but unfortunately the race was red flagged due to an incident after one lap. Sandor Bitter crashed the T&R Motorsport BMW at Ballysally roundabout. The Hungarian was taken to Causeway hospital for check-ups despite not sustained any serious injuries in the crash.
Roads had to be re-opened at 8:45pm and therefore there was insufficient time to re-start the race. The Superstock race 1 will therefore take place on the final day of racing at the North West on Saturday.
Supersport race one results – 6 laps:
1. Alastair Seeley Suzuki - Tyco by TAS Racing 27:43.982 Ave. 116.136mph
2. Michael Dunlop Yamaha - MD Racing 27:51.565 (+7.583) 115.609mph
3. Lee Johnston Triumph 675 - East Coast 27:58.748 (+14.766) 115.114mph
4. Bruce Anstey Honda - Valvoline Racing by Padgetts 28:01.850 (+17.868) 114.902mph
5. Dean Harrison Yamaha - Mar-Train Racing 28:10.338 (+26.356) 114.325mph
6. Conor Cummins Honda - Jackson Racing 28:18.307 (+34.325) 113.789mph
7. Keith Amor Honda - Rig Deluge Road Racing 28:18.943 (+34.961) 113.746mph
8. James Hillier Kawasaki - Quattro Plant Muc-Off 28:25.331 (+41.349) 113.320mph
9. Jamie Hamilton Honda - Cookstown BE Racing 28:25.501 (+41.519) 113.309mph
10. John McGuinness Honda - Jackson Racing 28:27.884 (+43.902) 113.151mph
Supertwin race one results – 4 laps:
1. Ryan Farquhar Kawasaki - SGS / Manx Gas by KMR 19:59.741 Ave. 107.243mph
2. Jeremy McWilliams Kawasaki - SGS / Manx Gas by KMR 20:01.009 (+1.268) 107.130mph
3. Jamie Hamilton Kawasaki - Cookstown BE Racing 20:09.592 (+9.851) 106.370mph
4. Christian Elkin Kawasaki - McKinstry Racing 20:29.752 (+30.011) 104.626mph
5. Derek McGee Kawasaki - McGee Racing 20:32.106 (+32.365) 104.426mph
6. Michael Sweeney Kawasaki - Kiely Heating Racing 20:34.901 (+35.160) 104.190mph
7. Martin Jessopp Kawasaki - VRS Performance 21:07.715 (+1:07.974) 101.493mph
8. Jamie Coward Aprilia 550 - Scott Racing Motorcycles 21:10.583 (+1:10.842) 101.264mph
9. Darren James Kawasaki - SGS / Manx Gas by KMR 21:11.235 (+1:11.494) 101.212mph
10. Ian Morrell Suzuki 21:11.887 (+1:12.146) 101.160mph
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