Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Wizard Seeley casting a spell for Relentless Suzuki

There’s just no stopping the man Irish race fans call the ‘Wee Wizard’, AKA Alastair Seeley from Carrickfergus.

Having protected his 100 percent pole position record this season in the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 class, the 29-year-old produced a sublime performance in treacherous conditions at Oulton Park yesterday — making it two wins from two starts.

He now leads the series by 14 points.

Now in the colours of Relentless Suzuki, Seeley believes his new black and white helmet paint scheme has been a bit of an omen.

“It’s all working quite well isn’t it!” he joked.

“I got this new paint job on my Arai helmet for 2009 and it matches the black and white of Relentless Suzuki very well.”

In the Superstock race at Oulton, Seeley’s chance of the win looked to be gone after the opening four or five laps, when he trailed Steve Brogan and 14 time TT winner John McGuinness on Clive Padgett’s Hondas.

But Seeley’s super smooth style and his better use of the dry line had him posting fastest lap after fastest lap in the closing stages, reeling in McGuinness and Brogan like series rookies to take the win for Relentless Suzuki and a jubilant team boss Philip Neill. Cameron Donald set himself up well for the North West 200 in 7th; BJ Toal was 8th and Portadown’s Marshall Neill 9th.

“The Suzuki is definitely the bike for the job at the North West 200 and I’m going there pretty confident after today’s performance.

“I like to sit back and watch at the start, as the races are quite long in British championship.

“I had a few moments trying to get a feel in the early stages but when I realised how much grip I was getting I just reeled them in.

“I just hope we can now stick with the Relentless Suzuki team and do a good job for everyone at the next round in a few weeks time,” explained the Carrick rider.

In the Superbike races Ian Lowry demonstrated his natural ability with a brace of top ten finishes [7th and 6th] on yet another Relentless Suzuki, but fellow Ulsterman John Laverty had a worryingly big crash at Hilltop hitting collecting the tyre wall in race one and was forced to sit out race two after being knocked unconscious.

“I should be ok for the next round at Donington Park. I just ran out of road and didn’t remember too much about the crash until later on.

“My right shoulder hurts a bit and I was a bit sick afterwards but I’ve nothing broken,” explained Laverty.

Airwaves Yamaha’s Leon Camier won both Superbike races with Karl ‘Bomber’ Harris second and Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli third for a repeat podium.

In the re-started British Supersport race, Maguiresbridge lad Lee Johnston, on the Map/Raceways Yamaha, looked to be heading for his first win of the season, but after grabbing slightly too much front brake on the run into the Hizzy’s chicane, the 19-year-old was left sliding down the tarmac. The race was won by Dan Cooper.

In the 125cc class, Magherafelt’s Paul Jordan retired after setting the fastest lap of the race.

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