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Race ace Seeley gets into gear with his new arrival

By Paul Lindsay

Record breaking North West 200 motorcycle racer Alastair Seeley is celebrating again - after his fiancee Danni presented him with an 8lb 8oz baby girl.

Olivia-Grace Seeley made her entrance into the world at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, at 2.15am on Tuesday.

Her doting dad said it was a very emotional and humbling experience.

"I've won British championships and North West 200s, but nothing beats seeing your own child being born," said the Carrickfergus ace, who is the stand-alone record holder at the Vauxhall International North West 200 with 17 wins.

"Danni was in labour for over 30 hours, so she did the hard work.

"It's great to have her home now and my son Lewis (10) is also delighted with his new baby sister," explained Seeley, who will be back into his training routine this morning.

"I've had a couple of days off to welcome Olivia-Grace into the world and obviously to be there for Danni.

"But tomorrow it's back to training for the season ahead, as I go testing on Monday and Tuesday next week, then it's the official North West 200 launch next Wednesday night in Coleraine," said Seeley (above), who has taken up a development ride in the British championship this season with the Spirit Motorcycles project.

Danni has been around racing almost as long as Alastair, and said she's looking forward to introducing Olivia-Grace to her racing paddock family, at both the British championship and the North West 200 in May.

"Life goes on," said Danni who originally hails from the Midlands.

"For us that includes racing, so we are already booked onto the boat on Mother's Day, where I'll be able to spend some time with my family, before we go to Donington Park for round one of the British championship.

"But now that I'm a mum, I'm looking forward to getting treated to a Mother's Day present.

"Knowing Alastair, that will probably be a greasy Stena-Line breakfast," she joked.

Seeley is currently working diligently on securing a Superbike ride for this year's North West 200 in May and has been linked to local team TAS Racing, with whom he has recorded nine wins on the north coast.

His name has also been mentioned in connection to multiple NW200 Michael Rutter's Batham's BMW squad and a UK-based Suzuki team.

Bikes aside, the diminutive Carrick ace is currently cock-a-hoop with his new daughter, whom he will have aspirations of carrying onto a race winning podium this season.

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