North West 200: Jamie Hamilton fired up to blow away old guard
Fresh-faced Jamie Hamilton is one of the new guard of racers making his mark at the North West 200 but has been left frustrated by two of the older kids on the block.
The 23-year-old from Ballyclare took third in Thursday's Supertwin race with old hands Ryan Farquhar and Jeremy McWilliams edging him out.
For 2015 Hamilton has moved to John Burrows' Cookstown BE Kawasaki team and this latest podium finish was his sixth to date this season for the team.
Speaking after his latest trip to the podium, Hamilton said: "It's just a pity them two 'oul' boys in front of me wouldn't properly retire and give the rest of us a chance.
"We'll sit down and discuss what we have to do to bridge that gap to them on Saturday and maybe get a step or two higher on the podium."
On the team's 600cc Honda Hamilton finished ninth in the record breaking Supersport race having qualified 15th and will line up for today's Superbike races on the fifth row of the grid riding the Cookstown BE Suzuki.
Meanwhile, Michael Dunlop, who finished second to Alastair Seeley in Thursday's epic Supersport encounter, will look to get his Yamahas up to speed today to thwart the Carrickfergus rider's intentions to catch or better his father's most wins at the North West.
Dunlop starts the Supersport and Superstock races from second on the grid alongside his rival, but in the coveted Superbike class the Ballymoney man will have to fight his way through from the fifth row if he is to challenge pole setter Seeley.
Dunlop said: "We have been working day and night to get the bikes ready with a lot of parts just arriving on Monday. The first time we had the Milwaukee Yamaha flat out was in practice here, but we should be all right."
Dunlop had been right behind leader Lee Johnston and Seeley in the abandoned Superstock race on Thursday night and he will be looking to better that today as the re-run of this particular race opens the race programme.