The fonaCAB and Nicholl Oils North West 200’s most successful rider, 27 times winner Alastair Seeley, will be reunited with Philip and Hector Neill’s TAS Racing squad for race week on May 7-13.
Seeley, who claimed a hat-trick at last year’s north coast event, will ride a Synetiq BMW M1000RR in both Superstock races at Portrush for the Moneymore-based squad. The 43 year old will also compete for the team in the British championship Superstock series. The new machine was unveiled at the NW200 Meet the Stars event in Coleraine today (Wednesday).
Fourteen of Seeley’s record breaking 27 victories at the NW200 have come aboard TAS Racing machinery and the ‘Wee Wizard’ aims to create more North West magic come May.
“It’s a dream come true for me to back in the British Superbike paddock and at the North West 200 with TAS Racing.” Seeley said.
“I have so many great memories with the team. We’ve had
a lot of success together and to get the change to ride the new BMW M RR in Synetiq BMW colours has me really buzzing. I won a few titles last season on the Irish scene then proved I still have it at international level with a hat-trick at the NW200. So this opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time.”
“Having enjoyed numerous successes with Alastair in the past including two British titles and 14 NW200 wins, we are excited to work with him once again this season.” Philip Neill added.
“As a team, our return to the British Superstock class and potentially the NW200 coincides with the arrival of a new BMW M RR which we look forward to receiving ahead of official testing at the end of March.”
Seeley, who raced for the IFS Yamaha team at last year’s North West 200, has still to announce his plans for the Superbike and Supersport classes on the festival of racing around the 8.9 mile Triangle circuit.
“At the minute the Superstock deal with Philip and Hector is all I have for the North West 200, so I have to thank Philip and Hector Neill for this opportunity.” Seeley said.
The news comes as a major boost for NW200 race boss, Mervyn Whyte who continues to work with his team to ensure the north coast event takes place in the wake of the insurance crisis which has threatened the future of Irish motorcycle racing in 2023.
“We have enjoyed a great night with racers and fans of the North West 200 in Coleraine.” Whyte said.
“This event and our newcomer induction days were already planned for this week and we decided to go ahead with them as we continue to pursue every avenue to ensure the race festival goes ahead as planned on May 7-13.”