Alastair Seeley continued his domination of the NW200 races, chalking up wins in the Supersport and Superbike categories to move him to the top of the event’s all time win rankings, with an incredible 15 victories – a feat which moves him level with Robert Dunlop.
Seeley, from Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland, showed his intentions early in the week as he made easy work of the tricky conditions throughout practice on his Tyco BMW ‘big bikes’ in the Superbike and Superstock classes, alongside a Tyco TAS Suzuki in Supersport 600. Seeley duly logged his first win of the week in Thursday evening’s Supersport opener and was looking set for a very strong position in the first Superstock race, before it was postponed.
Saturday’s schedule was severely affected by showers and accidents with the postponed Superstock race again moved back to later in the day. The Supersport race was a thrilling affair as Northern Irish riders Seeley, Lee Johnston and NW200 debutant Glen Irwin swapped the lead in a high speed slipstreaming spectacle, with Seeley eventually coming out on top.
The first Superbike race of the programme saw Seeley take the holeshot before a confidently riding Ian Hutchinson moved into the lead. The race was red flagged but the re-start saw an identical scenario develop as Hutchinson then went on to lead much of the race on his PBM Kawasaki. Seeley showed his local knowledge by outbraking the TT star into the Magheraboy chicane on the final lap to take the win, equalling Robert Dunlop’s long standing 15 win record.
After yet more showers, the Superstock race saw another titanic battle between the lightweight local racers Seeley and Johnston, joined at times in the slipstream by other riders. This time round Johnston turned the tables on Seeley, and they were joined on the podium again by Hutchinson, who logged a new lap record for the class.
The final event of the programme, the Vauxhall NW200 Superbike race was postponed after strong winds hit the area, a decision made by organisers after rider consultation.