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Relatively Speaking: we talk to Alastair and Tina Seeley

By Karen Ireland

Published 27/05/2015

Biking triumph: Alastair and Tina Seeley with his NW200 trophy
Biking triumph: Alastair and Tina Seeley with his NW200 trophy

Alastair Seeley is a professional motorbike rider who equalled Robert Dunlop's record number of wins at the NW200 this year. His sister, Tina, is a catering assistant who has followed his career since he turned pro back in 2000.

I live in Carrickfergus with my two children Kori (10) and Ollie (six). Both my fiance Kyle and I work in the catering industry.

I am exceptionally proud of Alastair and his recent successes at the NW200. I've got used to having a well-known brother and people recognising him wherever we go.

I've always been proud of him, but I have to admit I hate the North West circuit and that Saturday of the racing is the longest day for my dad and I. When Alastair is racing, I just worry all the time for him and his safety.

I do go along to some of the races in England. I can cope with any nerves better and I feel he is safer racing on a circuit rather than the road.

When we were younger I used to just tag along with Alastair and go racing in the fields. To be fair, he never left me behind even though I was the annoying younger sister - he used to bring me along with him more often than not.

Because I was smaller I would get stuck in the field on my bike and Alastair would have to come and pull me out. Growing up, Alastair was always getting into mischief, especially on Christmas Eve when he would sneak past everyone's bedrooms and open all the Christmas presents before morning - he could never wait. One year we got pet hamsters and he left the cage door open and they got out and wrecked the place. There was paper everywhere, it was a real mess and, of course, Alastair was just sitting there with a cheeky grin on his face.

One time he told me he had a new trick to show me and wrapped chewing gum around my head - my mum had to cut the chewing gum out of my hair.

Another time he was having a sneaky cigarette and accidentally set fire to my fringe, which meant another hair cut.

I've always really looked up to Alastair, and no matter what he did he got away with it - but I love him so much."

Name: Tina Seeley Age: 31

Occupation: Catering

assistant

Relationship to Alastair: Sister

 

I am still on a major high following the North West 200. It was a terrific win for me and it felt absolutely brilliant to equal Robert Dunlop's record for wins on the circuit. It was a very exciting weekend and great to see all the papers and coverage of the event on the Sunday. But like everything on Monday morning it was straight back into the gym and into work mode.

I've always been interested in motorbikes. My dad bought us scramblers when we were younger and I took up motocross when I was about 14. My first professional race was in 2000, and before that I was a car mechanic - so it has always been in the blood.

I do worry about the safety aspect when I am racing, particularly on courses like the North West. I have an eight-year-old son Lewis and I think about him, my fiancee Danielle and my family, of course I do. But at the end of the day, when I put the helmet on and get on the bike, it just becomes a job and you do it to your utmost ability, keeping as safe as possible at all times.

Lewis came up to visit me a couple of times during the North West week and there was a lot of extra cuddles - he was particularly clingy and needed reassurance. He is at the age now where he is starting to become aware of the dangers, too.

At the minute I am in the middle of the British Superstock Racing session, and if I get the weekend off I will take Danielle to the TT in the Isle of Man and enjoy a few of the races. I never race in the TT, but I enjoy going along to it.

My sister Tina and I have always been close. We grew up in separate houses as she lived with mum and I lived with dad, but we used to meet up and go out into the fields on our bikes.

We would spend a lot of time together, just the two of us. We see a lot of each other now as her son does motocross with Lewis, so we get together for that.

She would always try to get to as many races as possible during the year and is always there to cheer me on.

I admire Tina as she is very hard working, holding down two jobs, and is a busy mum. Tina is very funny and has a great sense of humour. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, playing five-a-side football and being with Lewis. When I am not away racing I would have him over to stay three or four nights a week."

Name: Alastair Seeley

Age: 35

Occupation: Motorcycle rider

Relationship to Tina: Brother

Always on his bike...

  • Carrickfergus-born Alastair Seeley is currently competing in the British Superstock 1000 Championship aboard a BMW S1000R
  • He was the 2009 British Superstock champion
  • The NW200 2015 winner says he prefers fast, flowing circuits, and tends to get his best results on them
  • He is engaged to Danielle, lives in Carrickfergus, and has an eight-year-old son Lewis

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