Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Seeley Banks title glory

Alastair Seeley

Carrick’s Alastair Seeley clinched the British Superstock 1000cc Championship yesterday at Cadwell Park during the Bank Holiday meeting, and is now hot favourite to land a British Superbike ride with his successful Moneymore based team: Relentless Suzuki.

Unfortunately there were no post-race champagne celebrations for the 30-year-old, who had to drive his van home via an overnight ferry. Although I’m sure he’ll put time aside this week for a ‘tipple’ with family and friends when it all sinks in.

Seeley took a 53–point lead into yesterday’s race and despite a free practice crash, which totally destroyed his number one race bike, it was his main rival Steve Brogan [Padgetts Honda] who eventually cracked under pressure when it really mattered.

Brogan crashed on the opening lap, unbeknown to Seeley, who was concentrating on reeling off the laps at the head of the field. His 100% record in the championship is no longer the main talking point in the British Superbike paddock; it’s now all about whether or not we will see him on a Superbike at Croft on September 13, alongside or in place of Japanese rider Atsu Watanabe as Ian Lowry’s team-mate.

Team boss Philip Neill said: “I know everyone will want to know what we’re going to do next for Alastair, but there is a lot of thinking and a lot of talking to be done, both with Alastair and our main sponsors before we can make a decision.

“We are obviously delighted to have won the Superstock title, and as BSB legend John Reynolds said to me afterwards, ‘you’ve now won Supersport and Superstock titles — there’s just the big one left to go for’.”

Ian Lowry was back to near perfect form at Cadwell, taking a career best result of fourth from the opening Superbike race. Toomebridge rider John Laverty will no doubt be disappointed with his results [nineth and fifth] on the Buildbase Kawasaki after taking P2 on the grid for yesterday’s races, but his consistency should see him remain in the BSB paddock in 2010.

The opening BSB race was won comfortable by Airwaves Yamaha’s Leon Camier, although the Londoner was controversially excluded from the race two results after allegedly ignoring a black/orange flag.

The win was awarded to his teammate James Ellison who now trails Camier by 99.5 points in the championship standings.

Ballyclare’s Jamie Hamilton has accumulated a healthy 40 point lead in the National 600cc Superstock class over Luke Jones, after taking second place at Cadwell Park behind fellow Ulsterman John Simpson [19] from Antrim.

Simpson, riding the Trickbits Racing Triumph at the ‘mountain circuit’ dominated both qualifying sessions, and the Cadwell victory is extraordinarily his first points scoring finish of the year – possibly down to his switch of machinery.

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