Alastair Seeley has become the most successful North West 200 racer of all-time when he won his 16th race at the Vauxhall sponsored event on Thursday evening.
Seeley was the runaway winner of the opening Supersport race on the GearLink ZX600RR Kawasaki after breaking away from a huge battle that lasted until the final circuit.
“As a boy everybody has dreams and this is a dream come true for me.” the 36 year old said as he celebrated his victory.
“It is unbelievable to be named in the same breath as the Dunlops.”
The Carrickfergus man equalled the later Robert Dunlop’s tally of 15 victories at the sea-side event last May and there was a huge weight of expectation on his shoulders. The six lap Supersport was a race worthy of a new record with Seeley leading in the opening laps before Ian Hutchinson (CAME Yamaha) took over at the front at mid distance. Hutchy eventually finished second behind
“It is unbelievable to be named in the same breath as the Dunlops.”Martin Jessopp (Riders Triumph) with William Dunlop (IC Racing Yamaha), Dean Harrison (Silicone Engineering Kawasaki), Lee Johnston (ECC?Burdens Triumph) and James Hillier (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) all figuring in the mix throughout the thrilling encounter.
In the end though it was to be Seeley’s race as he moved into the lead at the end of lap five and pulled away from the rest of the field.
“I knew that if I could get a bit of clear track I could do that on the last lap.” Seeley smiled.
“I had a look back at Magherabouy and I knew I wouldn’t be slipstreamed as I had a gap. But I had to work for that win.”
Fire Incident Leads To Supertwins Race Being Red Flagged
A fire at a property in the vicinity of Station Corner has led to the Supertwins race being red flagged on the second lap. Fire appliances are on their way to the scene.