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PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13
Vauxhall International North West 200 2013
Derek Shields (Kawasaki) and Conor Cummins (Milwaukee Yamaha) in action during today's LiveWire AV Superstock Race at the Vauxhall International North West 200.  Photo by David Maginnis

PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13 Vauxhall International North West 200 2013 Derek Shields (Kawasaki) and Conor Cummins (Milwaukee Yamaha) in action during today's LiveWire AV Superstock Race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo by David Maginnis

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Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200 - Second practice day. 

Conor Cummins on the grid.

Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - Second practice day. Conor Cummins on the grid.

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com

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

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Livewire AV superstock race. Race winner Alastair Seeley.

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com

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

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Livewire AV superstock race. Race winner Alastair Seeley.

Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200.  Race 1 -Ballymoney Borough Council SUPERSPORT.  

Alastair Seeley pictured on the podium after he wins the race.

Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200. Race 1 -Ballymoney Borough Council SUPERSPORT. Alastair Seeley pictured on the podium after he wins the race.

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com

The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races.
Ballymoney Borough Council supersport race.
Race winner Alastair Seeley.

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Ballymoney Borough Council supersport race. Race winner Alastair Seeley.

PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13: Jeremy McWilliams celebrates winning the Supertwins race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 this evening with his wife Jill and NW Event Director Mervyn Whyte.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13: Jeremy McWilliams celebrates winning the Supertwins race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 this evening with his wife Jill and NW Event Director Mervyn Whyte. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER,. BELFAST, 14/5/2013: DO YOU WANT TO RACE THIS MAN?  Michael Dunlop (Honda TT Legends) was fastest in practice in Superbike, Superstock and Supersport categories for the Vauxhall International North West 200 practice today.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER,. BELFAST, 14/5/2013: DO YOU WANT TO RACE THIS MAN? Michael Dunlop (Honda TT Legends) was fastest in practice in Superbike, Superstock and Supersport categories for the Vauxhall International North West 200 practice today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13: Jeremy McWilliams celebrates winning the Supertwins race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 this evening with team boss Ryan Farquhar.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13: Jeremy McWilliams celebrates winning the Supertwins race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 this evening with team boss Ryan Farquhar. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200.  Race 3 Livewire AV Superstock Race.

Guy Martin pictured on the grid.

Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200. Race 3 Livewire AV Superstock Race. Guy Martin pictured on the grid.

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com

The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races.
Livewire AV superstock race.
Josh Brookes.

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Livewire AV superstock race. Josh Brookes.

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com

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

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Livewire AV superstock race. Race winner Alastair Seeley.

Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200 - Second practice day. 

Left to right.  Sarah Shand, Tracey Willowford and Lisa wright in the paddock.

Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - Second practice day. Left to right. Sarah Shand, Tracey Willowford and Lisa wright in the paddock.

Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200 - Second practice day. 

Eugene O'Neill with his wife Eliazbeth and two sons Daire(4)
 and five-month-old Niall.

Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - Second practice day. Eugene O'Neill with his wife Eliazbeth and two sons Daire(4) and five-month-old Niall.

Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200 - Second practice day. 

Dean Harrison(left) and Bruce Anstey on the grid.

Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - Second practice day. Dean Harrison(left) and Bruce Anstey on the grid.

Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200 - Second practice day. 

Bruce Anstey takes a photograph on an iPas while waiting on the grid.

Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - Second practice day. Bruce Anstey takes a photograph on an iPas while waiting on the grid.

Alastair Seeley

Alastair Seeley

Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200 - Second practice day. 

Paul Owens on the grid.

Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - Second practice day. Paul Owens on the grid.

PACEMAKER,. BELFAST, 14/5/2013: Honda TT legends duo John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop during the Vauxhall International North West 200 practice today.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER,. BELFAST, 14/5/2013: Honda TT legends duo John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop during the Vauxhall International North West 200 practice today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER,. BELFAST, 14/5/2013: MSS Colchester Kawasaki rider Alastair Seeley and his girlfriend Danielle Henry during the Vauxhall International North West 200 practice today.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER,. BELFAST, 14/5/2013: MSS Colchester Kawasaki rider Alastair Seeley and his girlfriend Danielle Henry during the Vauxhall International North West 200 practice today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER,. BELFAST, 14/5/2013:Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes during the Vauxhall International North West 200 practice today.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER,. BELFAST, 14/5/2013:Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes during the Vauxhall International North West 200 practice today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER,. BELFAST, 14/5/2013: Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki duo Michael Rutter and Jeremy McWilliams during the Vauxhall International North West 200 practice today.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER,. BELFAST, 14/5/2013: Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki duo Michael Rutter and Jeremy McWilliams during the Vauxhall International North West 200 practice today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com

The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races.
Livewire AV superstock race.
Race winner Alastair Seeley 2nd place Bruce Anstey.

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Livewire AV superstock race. Race winner Alastair Seeley 2nd place Bruce Anstey.

PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13: Jeremy McWilliams celebrates winning the Supertwins race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 this evening with runner up James Hillier and third placed Jamie Hamilton and Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki boss Ryan Farquhar.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13: Jeremy McWilliams celebrates winning the Supertwins race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 this evening with runner up James Hillier and third placed Jamie Hamilton and Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki boss Ryan Farquhar. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

Mandatory Credit: Rowland White/PressEye
Motor Cycle Road Racing
Event: North West 200
Race: Supertwin
Date: 16th May 2013
Caption: Jeremy McWilliams (99) and William Davison (50)

Mandatory Credit: Rowland White/PressEye Motor Cycle Road Racing Event: North West 200 Race: Supertwin Date: 16th May 2013 Caption: Jeremy McWilliams (99) and William Davison (50)

Alastair Seeley Gearlink Kawasaki (34) leads from Gary Johnston (7) and Bruce Anstey  during the  LIVEWIRE AV Superstock Race

Alastair Seeley Gearlink Kawasaki (34) leads from Gary Johnston (7) and Bruce Anstey during the LIVEWIRE AV Superstock Race

Brian Little

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com

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

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Livewire AV superstock race. Race winner Alastair Seeley with his Dad Joe.

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com

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

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Livewire AV superstock race. Race winner Alastair Seeley.

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com

The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races.
Livewire AV superstock race.
William Dunlop.

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Livewire AV superstock race. William Dunlop.

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com

The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races.
Ballymoney Borough Council supersport race.
Race winner Alastair Seeley.

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Ballymoney Borough Council supersport race. Race winner Alastair Seeley.

PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13
Vauxhall International North West 200 2013
Bruce Anstey (HM Plant/Padgetts Honda) and Alastair Seeley (MSS Kawasaki) in action during today's LiveWire AV Superstock Race at the Vauxhall International North West 200.  Photo by David Maginnis

PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13 Vauxhall International North West 200 2013 Bruce Anstey (HM Plant/Padgetts Honda) and Alastair Seeley (MSS Kawasaki) in action during today's LiveWire AV Superstock Race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo by David Maginnis

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PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13
Vauxhall International North West 200 2013
William Davison (Hill Kawasaki) in action during today's Ballymoney Borough Council Supersport Race  at the Vauxhall International North West 200.  Photo by David Maginnis

PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13 Vauxhall International North West 200 2013 William Davison (Hill Kawasaki) in action during today's Ballymoney Borough Council Supersport Race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo by David Maginnis

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Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200.  Race 1 -Ballymoney Borough Council SUPERSPORT.  

Left to right on the podium.  Third Guy Martin, first Alastair Seeley and second Michael Dunlop.

Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200. Race 1 -Ballymoney Borough Council SUPERSPORT. Left to right on the podium. Third Guy Martin, first Alastair Seeley and second Michael Dunlop.

PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13
Vauxhall International North West 200 2013
Michael Dunlop (Honda) in action during today's LiveWire AV Superstock Race at the Vauxhall International North West 200.  Photo by David Maginnis

PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13 Vauxhall International North West 200 2013 Michael Dunlop (Honda) in action during today's LiveWire AV Superstock Race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo by David Maginnis

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Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200.  Race 3 Livewire AV Superstock Race.

Alastair Seeley on the podium after he wins the race.

Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200. Race 3 Livewire AV Superstock Race. Alastair Seeley on the podium after he wins the race.

PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13: Jeremy McWilliams celebrates winning the Supertwins race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 this evening.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13: Jeremy McWilliams celebrates winning the Supertwins race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 this evening. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200.  Race 2 - Vauxhall Supertwin.

Jeremy McWilliams on the grid.

Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200. Race 2 - Vauxhall Supertwin. Jeremy McWilliams on the grid.

PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13
Vauxhall International North West 200 2013
Jeremy McWilliams (Vauxhall Dealers KMR Kawasaki) and William Davison (Hill Kawasaki) in action during today's Ballymoney Borough Council Supersport Race  at the Vauxhall International North West 200.  Photo by David Maginnis

PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13 Vauxhall International North West 200 2013 Jeremy McWilliams (Vauxhall Dealers KMR Kawasaki) and William Davison (Hill Kawasaki) in action during today's Ballymoney Borough Council Supersport Race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo by David Maginnis

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PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13: Jeremy McWilliams celebrates winning the Supertwins race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 this evening with runner up James Hillier and third placed Jamie Hamilton.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13: Jeremy McWilliams celebrates winning the Supertwins race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 this evening with runner up James Hillier and third placed Jamie Hamilton. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13: Jeremy McWilliams celebrates winning the Supertwins race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 this evening with his wife Jill and NW Event Director Mervyn Whyte.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13: Jeremy McWilliams celebrates winning the Supertwins race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 this evening with his wife Jill and NW Event Director Mervyn Whyte. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 16th  May   2013
Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye

 James Hillier Quattro Plant Kawasaki (37) gets the 'holeshot' at the start of the Vauxhall Supertwin Race  during Thursday night's racing at the Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200.

@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye James Hillier Quattro Plant Kawasaki (37) gets the 'holeshot' at the start of the Vauxhall Supertwin Race during Thursday night's racing at the Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200.

Brian Little

PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13
Vauxhall International North West 200 2013
Horst Saiger (Saiger-Racing.com Kawasaki) in action during today's LiveWire AV Superstock Race at the Vauxhall International North West 200.  Photo by David Maginnis

PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13 Vauxhall International North West 200 2013 Horst Saiger (Saiger-Racing.com Kawasaki) in action during today's LiveWire AV Superstock Race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo by David Maginnis

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?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com

The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races.
Livewire AV superstock race.
Race winner Alastair Seeley 2nd place Bruce Anstey and Gary Johnston.

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Livewire AV superstock race. Race winner Alastair Seeley 2nd place Bruce Anstey and Gary Johnston.

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 14/5/2013: Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes judges  the Miss North West 200 competition held in the paddock last night.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 14/5/2013: Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes judges the Miss North West 200 competition held in the paddock last night. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 15/5/2013: Guy Martin at the North West 200.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 15/5/2013: Guy Martin at the North West 200. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 14/5/2013: Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes judges  the Miss North West 200 competition held in the paddock last night.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 14/5/2013: Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes judges the Miss North West 200 competition held in the paddock last night. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 14/5/2013: Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes judges  the Miss North West 200 competition held in the paddock last night.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 14/5/2013: Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes judges the Miss North West 200 competition held in the paddock last night. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th May 2011. Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com
Relentless International North West 200. Practice day 2.
Technical Director Mervyn Whyte.

Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th May 2011. Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com Relentless International North West 200. Practice day 2. Technical Director Mervyn Whyte.

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 14th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com

The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races.
Miss North West 200 Bronagh Letters pictured on the North Coast with Portrush in the background.

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 14th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Miss North West 200 Bronagh Letters pictured on the North Coast with Portrush in the background.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. 

Josh Brookes(right) on the grid before the start of the Supersport practice.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Josh Brookes(right) on the grid before the start of the Supersport practice.

Northern Ireland- 17th May 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  Relentless International 2012 North West 200.  Alastair Seeley pictured on the grid.

Northern Ireland- 17th May 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Relentless International 2012 North West 200. Alastair Seeley pictured on the grid.

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 15/5/2013: William and Michael Dunlop with Darren Clarke during a visit to Royal Portrush Golf Club. The brothers were taking a break from their North West 200 duties to have an impromptu golf lesson with the former British Open winner as part of a BBC Sport event.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 15/5/2013: William and Michael Dunlop with Darren Clarke during a visit to Royal Portrush Golf Club. The brothers were taking a break from their North West 200 duties to have an impromptu golf lesson with the former British Open winner as part of a BBC Sport event. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 15/5/2013: William and Michael Dunlop with Darren Clarke during a visit to Royal Portrush Golf Club. The brothers were taking a break from their North West 200 duties to have an impromptu golf lesson with the former British Open winner as part of a BBC Sport event.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 15/5/2013: William and Michael Dunlop with Darren Clarke during a visit to Royal Portrush Golf Club. The brothers were taking a break from their North West 200 duties to have an impromptu golf lesson with the former British Open winner as part of a BBC Sport event. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST,12/3/2013:  Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes chats with Event Director Mervyn Whyte at Black Hill during a sighting lap of the North West 200 course. Brookes will make his debut at the event in May. 
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST,12/3/2013: Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes chats with Event Director Mervyn Whyte at Black Hill during a sighting lap of the North West 200 course. Brookes will make his debut at the event in May. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST,12/3/2013:  Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes on the North West 200 course. Brookes will make his debut at the event in May. 
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST,12/3/2013: Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes on the North West 200 course. Brookes will make his debut at the event in May. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 28/2/2013: Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki new recruit Brian McCormack pictured at the North West 200 course this week.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 28/2/2013: Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki new recruit Brian McCormack pictured at the North West 200 course this week. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. 

Guy Martin(left) and Bruce Anstey on the grid before the start of the Supersport practice.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Guy Martin(left) and Bruce Anstey on the grid before the start of the Supersport practice.

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 14th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com

The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races.
Supersport Practice.
Jamie Hamilton.

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 14th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Supersport Practice. Jamie Hamilton.

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 14/5/2013: Last year's Supertwins race winner Ryan Farquhar had a new role at today's opening practice session for the Vauxhall North West 200 as he worked on the race bikes of Michael Rutter and Jeremy McWilliams, who are riding for his Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki squad.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 14/5/2013: Last year's Supertwins race winner Ryan Farquhar had a new role at today's opening practice session for the Vauxhall North West 200 as he worked on the race bikes of Michael Rutter and Jeremy McWilliams, who are riding for his Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki squad. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

14/5/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. William Dunlop on his Milwaukee Yamaha bike during today's supersport practice session at the Vauxhall NW200. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

14/5/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. William Dunlop on his Milwaukee Yamaha bike during today's supersport practice session at the Vauxhall NW200. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. 

Guy Martin on the grid.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Guy Martin on the grid.

@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th  May   2013
Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye

North West 200 Practice - Tuesday 
Alastair Seeley MSS Kawasaki during  Superstock  Practice for the Vauxhall International 2013  North West 200

@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye North West 200 Practice - Tuesday Alastair Seeley MSS Kawasaki during Superstock Practice for the Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200

Brian Little

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. 

Bruce Anstey(left) and John McGuinness on the grid.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Bruce Anstey(left) and John McGuinness on the grid.

14/5/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Michael Dunlop on his Honda Legends bike during today's superbike practice session at the Vauxhall NW200. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

14/5/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Michael Dunlop on his Honda Legends bike during today's superbike practice session at the Vauxhall NW200. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

14/5/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Stuart Easton on his Mar-Train Yamaha bike during today's superbike practice session at the Vauxhall NW200. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

14/5/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Stuart Easton on his Mar-Train Yamaha bike during today's superbike practice session at the Vauxhall NW200. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

Mandatory Credit: Rowland White/PressEye
Motor Cycle Road Racing
Event: North West 200
Race: Supersport
Tuesday Practice
Date: 14th May 2013
Caption: Stuart Easton

Mandatory Credit: Rowland White/PressEye Motor Cycle Road Racing Event: North West 200 Race: Supersport Tuesday Practice Date: 14th May 2013 Caption: Stuart Easton

14/5/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. William Dunlop on his Milwaukee Yamaha bike during today's superbike practice session at the Vauxhall NW200. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

14/5/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. William Dunlop on his Milwaukee Yamaha bike during today's superbike practice session at the Vauxhall NW200. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. 

Conor Cummins on the grid before the start of the Supersport practice.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Conor Cummins on the grid before the start of the Supersport practice.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. 

Jamie Hamilton on the grid.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Jamie Hamilton on the grid.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. 

Ryan Fraquhar(left) and Michael Rutter on the grid.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Ryan Fraquhar(left) and Michael Rutter on the grid.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. 

John McGuinness on the grid.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. John McGuinness on the grid.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. 

Michael Rutter(left) and Ryan Fraquhar on the grid.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Michael Rutter(left) and Ryan Fraquhar on the grid.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. 

Ryan Fraquhar on the grid.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Ryan Fraquhar on the grid.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. 

Guy Martin on the grid before the start of the Supersport practice.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Guy Martin on the grid before the start of the Supersport practice.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. 

James Hillier on the grid.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. James Hillier on the grid.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. 

Michael Rutter on the grid.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Michael Rutter on the grid.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. 

Guy Martin on the grid.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Guy Martin on the grid.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. 

Josh Brookes(right) on the grid before the start of the Supersport practice.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Josh Brookes(right) on the grid before the start of the Supersport practice.

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 14/5/2013: BSB star Josh Brookes with his special newcomer leathers made for his Vauxhall North West 200 debut today.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 14/5/2013: BSB star Josh Brookes with his special newcomer leathers made for his Vauxhall North West 200 debut today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

14/5/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Guy Martin on his Tyco Suzuki bike during today's superbike practice session at the Vauxhall NW200. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

14/5/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Guy Martin on his Tyco Suzuki bike during today's superbike practice session at the Vauxhall NW200. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

14.05.2013 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Bruce Ansty on his Padgetts bike during today's supersport practice session at the Vauxhall NW200. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

14.05.2013 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Bruce Ansty on his Padgetts bike during today's supersport practice session at the Vauxhall NW200. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

Mandatory Credit: Rowland White/PressEye
Motor Cycle Road Racing
Event: North West 200
Race: Supersport
Tuesday Practice
Date: 14th May 2013
Caption: Guy Martin

Mandatory Credit: Rowland White/PressEye Motor Cycle Road Racing Event: North West 200 Race: Supersport Tuesday Practice Date: 14th May 2013 Caption: Guy Martin

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 14th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com

The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races.
Supersport Practice.
Alastair Seeley.

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 14th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Supersport Practice. Alastair Seeley.

Mandatory Credit: Rowland White/PressEye
Motor Cycle Road Racing
Event: North West 200
Race: Supersport
Tuesday Practice
Date: 14th May 2013
Caption: Simon Andrews

Mandatory Credit: Rowland White/PressEye Motor Cycle Road Racing Event: North West 200 Race: Supersport Tuesday Practice Date: 14th May 2013 Caption: Simon Andrews

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. 

Guy Martin on the grid.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Guy Martin on the grid.

Mandatory Credit: Rowland White/PressEye
Motor Cycle Road Racing
Event: North West 200
Race: Supersport
Tuesday Practice
Date: 14th May 2013
Caption: Ian Lougher

Mandatory Credit: Rowland White/PressEye Motor Cycle Road Racing Event: North West 200 Race: Supersport Tuesday Practice Date: 14th May 2013 Caption: Ian Lougher

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. 

Bruce Anstey(left) and John McGuinness on the grid.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Bruce Anstey(left) and John McGuinness on the grid.

14/5/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Josh Brookes on his Tyco Suzuki bike during today's superstock practice session at the Vauxhall NW200. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

14/5/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Josh Brookes on his Tyco Suzuki bike during today's superstock practice session at the Vauxhall NW200. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. 

Josh Brookes(right) on the grid before the start of the Supersport practice.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Josh Brookes(right) on the grid before the start of the Supersport practice.

@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th  May   2013
Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye

North West 200 Practice - Tuesday 
Guy martin (4) Tyco Suzuki by TAS Racing followed  by Ian Lougher (Honda)  during  Supersport Practice for the Vauxhall International 2013  North West 200

@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye North West 200 Practice - Tuesday Guy martin (4) Tyco Suzuki by TAS Racing followed by Ian Lougher (Honda) during Supersport Practice for the Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 14th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com

The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races.
Superbike Practice.
John McGuinness.

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 14th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Superbike Practice. John McGuinness.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day.

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 14th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com

The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races.
Superbike Practice.
Bruce Anstey.

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 14th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Superbike Practice. Bruce Anstey.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. 

Ryan Fraquhar on the grid.

Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Ryan Fraquhar on the grid.

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 14th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com

The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races.
Supersport Practice.
James Hillier.

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 14th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Supersport Practice. James Hillier.

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 14th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com

The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races.
Supersport Practice.
Guy Martin.

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 14th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Supersport Practice. Guy Martin.

@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th  May   2013
Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye

North West 200 Practice - Tuesday 
  Michael Dunlop (Honda) during  Supersport Practice for the Vauxhall International 2013  North West 200

@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye North West 200 Practice - Tuesday Michael Dunlop (Honda) during Supersport Practice for the Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200

Brian Little

@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th  May   2013
Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye

North West 200 Practice - Tuesday 
Australian BSB star Josh Brookes  Tyco Suzuki  during  Novice Practice for the Vauxhall International 2013  North West 200

@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye North West 200 Practice - Tuesday Australian BSB star Josh Brookes Tyco Suzuki during Novice Practice for the Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200

Brian Little

@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th  May   2013
Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye

North West 200 Practice - Tuesday 
BSB star Karl 'Bomber' Harris  PR Racing Kawasaki  during  Novice Practice for the Vauxhall International 2013  North West 200

@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye North West 200 Practice - Tuesday BSB star Karl 'Bomber' Harris PR Racing Kawasaki during Novice Practice for the Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200

Brian Little

Mini Moto Racing at Portrush in Co-Antrim at the weekend as the North West 200 motorbike racing week gets underway. Picture Margaret McLaughlin ? by-line 11-5-13

Mini Moto Racing at Portrush in Co-Antrim at the weekend as the North West 200 motorbike racing week gets underway. Picture Margaret McLaughlin ? by-line 11-5-13

Mini Moto Racing at Portrush in Co-Antrim at the weekend as the North West 200 motorbike racing week gets underway. Picture Margaret McLaughlin ? by-line 11-5-13

Mini Moto Racing at Portrush in Co-Antrim at the weekend as the North West 200 motorbike racing week gets underway. Picture Margaret McLaughlin ? by-line 11-5-13

Mini Moto Racing at Portrush in Co-Antrim at the weekend as the North West 200 motorbike racing week gets underway. Picture Margaret McLaughlin ? by-line 11-5-13

Mini Moto Racing at Portrush in Co-Antrim at the weekend as the North West 200 motorbike racing week gets underway. Picture Margaret McLaughlin ? by-line 11-5-13

Mini Moto Racing at Portrush in Co-Antrim at the weekend as the North West 200 motorbike racing week gets underway. Picture Margaret McLaughlin ? by-line 11-5-13

Mini Moto Racing at Portrush in Co-Antrim at the weekend as the North West 200 motorbike racing week gets underway. Picture Margaret McLaughlin ? by-line 11-5-13

Mini Moto Racing at Portrush in Co-Antrim at the weekend as the North West 200 motorbike racing week gets underway. Picture Margaret McLaughlin ? by-line 11-5-13

Mini Moto Racing at Portrush in Co-Antrim at the weekend as the North West 200 motorbike racing week gets underway. Picture Margaret McLaughlin ? by-line 11-5-13

Mini Moto Racing at Portrush in Co-Antrim at the weekend as the North West 200 motorbike racing week gets underway. Picture Margaret McLaughlin ? by-line 11-5-13

Mini Moto Racing at Portrush in Co-Antrim at the weekend as the North West 200 motorbike racing week gets underway. Picture Margaret McLaughlin ? by-line 11-5-13

PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13 Vauxhall International North West 200 2013 Derek Shields (Kawasaki) and Conor Cummins (Milwaukee Yamaha) in action during today's LiveWire AV Superstock Race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo by David Maginnis

Conor Cummins is a reluctant member of an elite group of top-flight riders, still searching for his debut win at the Vauxhall International North West 200.

The affable Manxman made all the headlines after his horror crash at the 2010 TT, and since then the 26-year-old has rebuilt his career with local team McAdoo Racing and Tyco Suzuki – but believes his current employment at Milwaukee Yamaha could finally give him an international top step.

Speaking prior to last night's opening Supersport race the Ramsey resident said: "I am a bit hacked off with how the qualifying has gone to be honest, and the weather certainly puts a bit of a dampener on things, but I'm loving the set-up at Milwaukee Yamaha; it's absolutely magic to be honest," Cummins explained.

Despite having some stability issues this week on his Superbike, Cummins remains upbeat going into Saturday's two Superbike races in what everyone knows is his main class with Milwaukee Yamaha at the international races. And even if Portrush doesn't produce the top results he so craves, Cummins knows the TT is still to come.

"The bike makes me smile every time I get on it and I'm very happy with the speed of the R1, but we've had a few little stability issues this week, but I've spoken to my crew chief Mick Shanley and he's happy we can iron them out for Saturday.

"I knew what the problem was myself but Mick reassured me. We didn't go out in the wet session as we wouldn't be able to test it properly, but I know come race day it'll be fine," Cummins said.

His pre-season preparations this season included riding the Bol d'Or with Slovakian Yamaha team Maco Racing, but this next four weeks is the most important part of his season, as he endeavours to win races at tomorrow's North West 200 and next month's Isle of Man TT, as he explained.

"This team know what they are doing. They have won the British Superbike championship and I'm feeling great so there's no reason why we can't deliver some results this year.

"I just want to get a good run, but we'll see how it goes tomorrow. But I'm looking forward to it."

Cummins makes no secret of the fact that his eye is on a bigger prize at the TT at the start of June, but would still love a top Superbike result in tomorrow's races to inspire his team and build his confidence.

"Yeah the TT is the main race of my season and as everyone knows I lost out last year after getting injured here at the North West through no fault of my own.

"I'm aware of that, but it's not holding me back as I want to give full commitment to the Milwaukee guys here and there's no reason why we can't do well."

Cummins finished sixth in last night's Livewire AV Solutions Superstock race and said: "Yeah it was a steady ride in difficult conditions and give us additional information and mileage ahead of Saturday's races."

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