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Alastair Seeley after his third victory in the Superstock race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Ian Hutchinson 2nd and Michael Rutter 3rd - Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Alastair Seeley after his third victory in the Superstock race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Ian Hutchinson 2nd and Michael Rutter 3rd - Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Pictured: The Anchor Bar Superbike race winner, Alastair Seeley along with runner up Michael Rutter and third place, Lee Johnston. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Pictured: The Anchor Bar Superbike race winner, Alastair Seeley along with runner up Michael Rutter and third place, Lee Johnston. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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Saturday's Supersport Race: Race winner, Alastair Seeley with runner up William Dunlop, and third place, Michael Dunlop. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Saturday's Supersport Race: Race winner, Alastair Seeley with runner up William Dunlop, and third place, Michael Dunlop. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2017

Vauxhall International North West 200
The BetMcLean.com Supersport Race

Pictured: BetMcLean.com Supersport race winner, Alastair Seeley.

Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 The BetMcLean.com Supersport Race Pictured: BetMcLean.com Supersport race winner, Alastair Seeley. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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Michael Rutter celebrates his race win with Dan Copper (2nd) and Martin Jessopp (3rd) the Supertwin race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Michael Rutter celebrates his race win with Dan Copper (2nd) and Martin Jessopp (3rd) the Supertwin race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Superbike Feature race winner Glenn Irwin. Rowland White / PressEye

Superbike Feature race winner Glenn Irwin. Rowland White / PressEye

Michael Rutter celebrates his race win with team boss Ryan Farquhar and the team in the Supertwin race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Michael Rutter celebrates his race win with team boss Ryan Farquhar and the team in the Supertwin race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Alastair Seeley is congratulated by Michael Rutter (2nd) winning in the Superbike race at todays Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Alastair Seeley is congratulated by Michael Rutter (2nd) winning in the Superbike race at todays Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Glenn Irwin leads Ian Hutchinson and  Alastair Seeley over Black Hill during Saturday's Vauxhall NW 200 Superbike Race  at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the  8.9 mile Triangle course. Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Glenn Irwin leads Ian Hutchinson and Alastair Seeley over Black Hill during Saturday's Vauxhall NW 200 Superbike Race at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the 8.9 mile Triangle course. Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Big burn-out by winner Glenn Irwin after the superbike feature race. Rowland White / PressEye

Big burn-out by winner Glenn Irwin after the superbike feature race. Rowland White / PressEye

Alastair Seeley leads Ian  Hutchinson over Black Hill during Saturday's CP Hire Superstock Race  at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the  8.9 mile Triangle course.
Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Alastair Seeley leads Ian Hutchinson over Black Hill during Saturday's CP Hire Superstock Race at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the 8.9 mile Triangle course. Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Martin Jessopp (Riders Motorcycles Kawasaki) ahead of Michael Rutter (KMR Kawasaki) and Daniel Cooper (D Cooper Motorsport/KW Electrical Kawasaki) during the Supertwins race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Martin Jessopp (Riders Motorcycles Kawasaki) ahead of Michael Rutter (KMR Kawasaki) and Daniel Cooper (D Cooper Motorsport/KW Electrical Kawasaki) during the Supertwins race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Superbike race: James Hillier (JG Speedfit Kawasaki Kawasaki) ahead of Ian Hutchinson (Tyco BMW BMW) during today's Superbike race at the North West 200.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Superbike race: James Hillier (JG Speedfit Kawasaki Kawasaki) ahead of Ian Hutchinson (Tyco BMW BMW) during today's Superbike race at the North West 200. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Alastair Seeley TYCO BMW S1000RR cuts tracks through the wet track during the sighting lap  over Black Hill during Saturday's Anchor Bar Superbike Race at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the  8.9 mile Triangle course.
Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Alastair Seeley TYCO BMW S1000RR cuts tracks through the wet track during the sighting lap over Black Hill during Saturday's Anchor Bar Superbike Race at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the 8.9 mile Triangle course. Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

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North West 200 - Supersport race
Alastair Seeley (Gearlink Kawasaki) during today's Supersport race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 13-5-17 North West 200 - Supersport race Alastair Seeley (Gearlink Kawasaki) during today's Supersport race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Guy Martin (Wilson Craig Honda) during today's Supersport race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 13-5-17 North West 200 - Supersport race Guy Martin (Wilson Craig Honda) during today's Supersport race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Sam West ( Kawasaki) during today's Supersport race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 13-5-17 North West 200 - Supersport race Sam West ( Kawasaki) during today's Supersport race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Guy Martin (Wilson Craig Honda) during today's Supersport race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 13-5-17 North West 200 - Supersport race Guy Martin (Wilson Craig Honda) during today's Supersport race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Michael Dunlop takes the lead in the Supersport race at todays Vauxhall International North West 200.
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/05/2016 Michael Dunlop takes the lead in the Supersport race at todays Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

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Alastair Seeley celebrates winning the Supersport race at todays Vauxhall International North West 200 with girlfriend Danni.
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/05/2016 Alastair Seeley celebrates winning the Supersport race at todays Vauxhall International North West 200 with girlfriend Danni. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

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Alastair Seeley leads in the Supersport race at todays Vauxhall International North West 200.
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/05/2016 Alastair Seeley leads in the Supersport race at todays Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 13th May  2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

William Dunlop EC/Caffrey Yamaha R6 leads Alastair Seeley Gear Link Kawasaki   over Black Hill during Saturday's Bet McLean .Com Supersport Race  at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the  8.9 mile Triangle course.
Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 13th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye William Dunlop EC/Caffrey Yamaha R6 leads Alastair Seeley Gear Link Kawasaki over Black Hill during Saturday's Bet McLean .Com Supersport Race at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the 8.9 mile Triangle course. Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 13th May  2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Alastair Seeley Gear Link Kawasaki leads Martin Jessopp Riders Motorcycles Triumph over Black Hill during Saturday's Bet McLean .Com Supersport Race  at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the  8.9 mile Triangle course.
Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 13th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Alastair Seeley Gear Link Kawasaki leads Martin Jessopp Riders Motorcycles Triumph over Black Hill during Saturday's Bet McLean .Com Supersport Race at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the 8.9 mile Triangle course. Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 13th May  2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

William Dunlop EC/Caffrey Yamaha R6 leads Alastair Seeley Gear Link Kawasaki    over Black Hill during Saturday's Bet McLean .Com Supersport Race  at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the  8.9 mile Triangle course.
Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 13th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye William Dunlop EC/Caffrey Yamaha R6 leads Alastair Seeley Gear Link Kawasaki over Black Hill during Saturday's Bet McLean .Com Supersport Race at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the 8.9 mile Triangle course. Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Superstock race winner Alastair Seeley. Picture by Desmond Loughery / Press Eye

Superstock race winner Alastair Seeley. Picture by Desmond Loughery / Press Eye

Superstock race: Race winner Alastair Seeley along with fiancee Dani. Photo: Desmond Loughery / Press Eye.

Superstock race: Race winner Alastair Seeley along with fiancee Dani. Photo: Desmond Loughery / Press Eye.

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2017

Vauxhall International North West 200
Thursday Race

Pictured: Superstock race winner Alastair Seeley.

Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 Thursday Race Pictured: Superstock race winner Alastair Seeley. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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Alastair Seeley celebrates victory in the Superstock race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Thursday evening. 
This is Seeley's 28th Podium and The Was teams 25 win at the North West 200
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/05/2017 Alastair Seeley celebrates victory in the Superstock race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Thursday evening. This is Seeley's 28th Podium and The Was teams 25 win at the North West 200 Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

The Supertwin race winner Martin Jessopp along with runner up Michael Rutter and third place Ivan Lintin. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

The Supertwin race winner Martin Jessopp along with runner up Michael Rutter and third place Ivan Lintin. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Philip Magowan / PressEye

Mandatory Credit: Rowland White / PressEye
North West 200: Thursday Race Evening
Race: SUPERTWIN
Date: 11th May 2017
Caption: Martin Jessopp

Mandatory Credit: Rowland White / PressEye North West 200: Thursday Race Evening Race: SUPERTWIN Date: 11th May 2017 Caption: Martin Jessopp

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2017

Vauxhall International North West 200
Thursday Race

Pictured: The Supertwin race winner Martin Jessopp.

Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 Thursday Race Pictured: The Supertwin race winner Martin Jessopp. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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North West 200 - Supertwin race
Derek Shiels (Cookstown Burrows Engineering Racing Kawasaki) during today's Supertwin race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 28-4-17 North West 200 - Supertwin race Derek Shiels (Cookstown Burrows Engineering Racing Kawasaki) during today's Supertwin race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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North West 200 - Supertwin race
Paul Jordan ( Kawasaki) and Marty Lennon ( Kawasaki) during today's Supertwin race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 28-4-17 North West 200 - Supertwin race Paul Jordan ( Kawasaki) and Marty Lennon ( Kawasaki) during today's Supertwin race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Martin Jessopp (Riders Motorcycles Kawasaki) leads during today's Supertwin race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 28-4-17 North West 200 - Supertwin race Martin Jessopp (Riders Motorcycles Kawasaki) leads during today's Supertwin race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Michael Rutter heads towards Coleraine during today's Supertwin race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 28-4-17 North West 200 - Supertwin race Michael Rutter heads towards Coleraine during today's Supertwin race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Matt Sadowski ( Kawasaki) during today's Supertwin race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 28-4-17 North West 200 - Supertwin race Matt Sadowski ( Kawasaki) during today's Supertwin race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Martin Jessopp celebrates his 2nd win of the evening taking the Supertwin race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Thursday evening. Michael Rutter 2nd and Ivan Lintin 3rd
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/05/2017 Martin Jessopp celebrates his 2nd win of the evening taking the Supertwin race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Thursday evening. Michael Rutter 2nd and Ivan Lintin 3rd Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

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Martin Jessopp celebrates his 2nd win of the evening taking the Supertwin race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Thursday evening. Michael Rutter 2nd and Ivan Lintin 3rd
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/05/2017 Martin Jessopp celebrates his 2nd win of the evening taking the Supertwin race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Thursday evening. Michael Rutter 2nd and Ivan Lintin 3rd Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 11th May 2017 - Picture by Desmond Loughery / Press Eye.

Vauxhall International North West 200.

Super stock race.

Race winner Alastair Seeley along with fiancee Dani

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 11th May 2017 - Picture by Desmond Loughery / Press Eye. Vauxhall International North West 200. Super stock race. Race winner Alastair Seeley along with fiancee Dani

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Alastair Seeley celebrates victory in the Superstock race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Thursday evening. 2nd Lee Johnston, 3rd Dean Harrison.
This is Seeleys 28th Podium and The Was teams 25 win at the North West 200
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/05/2017 Alastair Seeley celebrates victory in the Superstock race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Thursday evening. 2nd Lee Johnston, 3rd Dean Harrison. This is Seeleys 28th Podium and The Was teams 25 win at the North West 200 Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

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Alastair Seeley celebrates victory in the Superstock race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Thursday evening. 
This is Seeley's 28th Podium and The Was teams 25 win at the North West 200
He is welcomed into the winners enclosure by team mechanics and family
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/05/2017 Alastair Seeley celebrates victory in the Superstock race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Thursday evening. This is Seeley's 28th Podium and The Was teams 25 win at the North West 200 He is welcomed into the winners enclosure by team mechanics and family Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST  11/05/2017
Alastair Seeley celebrates victory in the Superstock race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Thursday evening. 2nd Lee Johnston, 3rd Dean Harrison.
This is Seeleys 28th Podium and The Was teams 25 win at the North West 200
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/05/2017 Alastair Seeley celebrates victory in the Superstock race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Thursday evening. 2nd Lee Johnston, 3rd Dean Harrison. This is Seeleys 28th Podium and The Was teams 25 win at the North West 200 Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 10th May  2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

 Alastair Seeley TYCO BMW     over black Hill during Thursday night's Bayview Hotel Superstock Race  at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle circuit.
Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 10th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Alastair Seeley TYCO BMW over black Hill during Thursday night's Bayview Hotel Superstock Race at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle circuit. Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Mandatory Credit: Rowland White / PressEye
North West 200: Thursday Race Evening
Race: SUPERSTOCK
Date: 11th May 2017
Caption: Alastair Seeley opening up

Mandatory Credit: Rowland White / PressEye North West 200: Thursday Race Evening Race: SUPERSTOCK Date: 11th May 2017 Caption: Alastair Seeley opening up

Supersport race winner Martin Jessopp. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Supersport race winner Martin Jessopp. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Philip Magowan / PressEye

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Martin Jessopp (Riders Motorcyles Triumph) leads during today's Supersport race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 28-4-17 North West 200 - Supersport race Martin Jessopp (Riders Motorcyles Triumph) leads during today's Supersport race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Martin Jessopp celebrates victory with his team mates during the Supersport race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Thursday evening.
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/05/2017 Martin Jessopp celebrates victory with his team mates during the Supersport race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Thursday evening. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

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Close racing during today's Supersport race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 28-4-17 North West 200 - Supersport race Close racing during today's Supersport race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Alastair Seeley after his third victory in the Superstock race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Ian Hutchinson 2nd and Michael Rutter 3rd - Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Respected North West 200 race director Mervyn Whyte may be about to bring down the chequered flag on his role as head of the annual north coast motorcycle racing spectacular — ironically after a thrilling weekend event acclaimed as the most successful of his 17-year reign.

Over 80,000 fans around the circuit, and many millions more watching globally on television, enjoyed a hugely entertaining and incident-free Saturday Race Day, expertly managed by Whyte and his Race Control team after a three-hour rain delay threatened to put another damper on the occasion that has appeared jinxed over the past decade.

Now Whyte (67) is preparing to go on holiday with supportive wife Hazel to ponder his future as the public face of the event he has served for 44 years, signing up as a volunteer marshall in 1973 and succeeding Billy Nutt as Clerk of the Course in 2000 before stepping into the new role of Race Director as the North West moved with the times onto a business footing.

As only praise rained down on him yesterday, Limavady man Whyte revealed: “I always said I wanted to go out on a high and how do you better the racing we saw last Thursday night and especially Saturday?

“The Saturday racing was incredible in the conditions, the best I have been associated with in my time at the helm. In truth, I have been considering for a while when would be the time to go. I’ve just turned 67 so it has to happen sometime.

“I’ve given a lot of time to the North West and the last 17 years I have lived and breathed the event. It has been all consuming and there have been times in the last difficult decade when I asked myself why I was doing this job, did I really need it, particularly when tragedy struck? Last year’s loss of young Malachi Mitchell Thomas affected me very badly.

“But I couldn’t leave the North West in the lurch and won’t make a rash decision this time.”

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Whyte added: "I am going to go on holiday, take stock of what is good for the race and for me and then come back and let people know what I have decided."

The big problem for the North West is that there is no succession in place. If Whyte decides his personal race has run its course, it may well be that he will be prevailed upon to make a phased departure, taking on a general manager type role for several years to oversee, instruct and guide a new race chief.

Whyte's steady hand guiding the North West through good times and bad has made him one of the best known and admired figures in Northern Ireland sport and it is impossible to envisage the race without him.

But, as he acknowledges, the march of time decrees he has to hand over the reins sometime and the planning for that needs to begin.

No other sporting event manager in this country has endured the tribulations visited upon Whyte over a troubled last decade from race disruption caused by the foot and mouth outbreak, bomb scares, oil spills, freak weather and, worst of all, five rider fatalities since 2008 - Robert Dunlop, Mark Young, Mark Buckley, Simon Andrews and Malachi Mitchell-Thomas.

He has also waged a war of attrition with government for funding to improve safety and the general running of the event. After a fantastic day's racing on Saturday, he is entitled to bask in the warm afterglow of a job well done by him and his team.

By keeping the riders off the track, assured by updates that the rain would pass, and by changing the race running order so the big Superbikes, going last, would have the benefit of better conditions, one of the most exciting finales ever seen at the North West ensued. The last lap, in particular, of Glenn Irwin's closing race victory, denying Alastair Seeley a fourth win of the day, will pass into folklore.

As will Whyte for his efforts and it is hoped a complete break is his last resort, having done so much to keep the 88-year-old race running in adversity only to bow out with its appeal and reputation restored to new heights.


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