Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

North West 200: Determination drives Amor on

Keith Amor races at the North West 200
Alaster Seeley celebrates his win at the North West 200
Ballymena's Darren Gilpin pictured at the Relentless International North West 2010

Scotsman Keith Amor scored his first North West 200 and international road race victory after a tremendous four-man battle with Ian Hutchinson, Ryan Farquhar and Alastair Seeley in the CP Hire Superstock race.

The five-lap race had got off to a frenetic start with pole position man Conor Cummins clipping the back of Hutchinson as the field blasted off the start line and made the quick dash towards Primrose, then at University Corner on lap one the McAdoo Kawasaki Isle of Man rider high sided off his machine uninjured and the closely following Farquhar had a near miss running over the fallen Kawasaki and nearly crashing.

The race then settled down with Amor, Seeley, Farquhar and Hutchinson breaking away from the chasing pack and engaging in their own battle for supremacy at the head of the field ten seconds clear of another close battle between Michael Dunlop, John McGuinness, Guy Martin, Ian Lougher, Cameron Donald, Adrian Archibald and Michael Rutter. In a furious last lap Farquhar led out of York, Amor was back in front by Ballysally side by side with Farquhar over the Link Road then at Mathers Chicane Hutchinson and Seeley were side-by-side as Farquhar lost drive and dropped to fourth.

At the chequered flag it was Amor taking his and BMW’s first North West 200 race, win a tenth ahead of Hutchinson with Farquhar getting ahead of Seeley in the closing stages to take third four different makes of machine in the first four places, BMW, Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuki with another BMW ridden by Rutter setting the new lap record of

119.588mph on the fifth and final lap as he cemented his fifth position ahead of Michael Dunlop.

“I had been there or thereabouts all day and was determined to get a podium. It was a real fast battle and I had to work really hard as I knew they were right behind me all race long. From not having any bikes a few weeks ago I’m over the moon to have taken my first international win,” Amor said.

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