Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

North West 200: Alastair Seeley is just two good

The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races.
Livewire AV superstock race.
Race winner Alastair Seeley.
The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Livewire AV superstock race. Race winner Alastair Seeley.

Wee Wizard Alastair Seeley scored a stunning double and Golden Oldie Jeremy McWilliams, 49 last month, spiked the young guns of the North West with an astonishing first road racing victory of a colourful career on a night of high drama.

Carrick ace Seeley bounced back from a series of mechanical problems in qualifying to take the opening Supersport race on his 600cc Gearlink Kawasaki.

Seeley sensationally shot from the fourth row of the second group of riders off the grid to pip first past the post Michael Dunlop by a mere 1.349 seconds on corrected time.

And he followed up with a 1000cc Superstock win from pole on the MSS Kawasaki after a thrilling duel with Kiwi Bruce Anstey in sometimes wet and windy conditions.

“It capped a tremendous evening in difficult conditions; roll on Saturday,” said Seeley afterwards.

His opening win was tough on local hero Dunlop but Seeley suffered a similar reverse to Michael Rutter last year and said: “I saw from the pit boards I was in second, put the foot down and, in the last lap, made no mistakes.”

Former MotoGP veteran McWilliams, from Glengormley, was the toast of the coast, too, as he lent on all his experience to scorch home in the Supertwins race on the 650 Kawasaki of Ryan Farquhar's Dungannon-based KMR Racing team, with a top speed of 101.922mph.

He also became the first rider since the late, legendary Tom Herron, 35 years ago in 1978, to record Grand Prix and North West wins.

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