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North West 200: Coward Consolidates Twins Pole, McGee Tops Q2

Overcast, cool, but most importantly dry weather greeted competitors for the second NW200 Super Twins qualifying session of 2019, which provided fans around the Triangle course with more reasons to state why the Twins class provides such enthralling, captivating action.

Third quickest in Q2, Hebden Bridge’s Jamie Coward (4.57.829) remains overall top of the qualifying time sheets, and will start on pole for this evening’s opening Twins encounter.

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Overall second fastest, Michael Rutter (4.58.029) heads the KMR Kawasaki challenge, just in front of Q2 pace setter Derek McGee (4.58.492).

Completing the six quickest overall competitors from Tuesday, Thursday’s timed practice sessions, were Glenn Irwin (4.58.625), VAS Engine Racing’s Stefano Bonetti (4.58.830) and former 250 NW200 champ Christian Elkin (4.58.931).

Seventh fastest overall, Jeremy McWilliams (5.00.442), chances of taking part in tonight’s four lap Twins race, took a blow when the multi NW200 race winner slid off at Magherbouy Chicane.

Although not injured from the accident, the ex Grand Prix 250 star hasn’t banked enough of the mandatory laps needed, to take part in race action. He’s now relying on special dispensation from event organisers, to be able to participate tonight, and on Saturday.

Rounding out the overall ten quickest qualifiers were lead Paton runner Horst Saiger (5.02.392), Michael Sweeney (5.05.328), another needing special dispensation to compete this evening, and impressive Triangle course debutant James Chawke (5.05.411).

North West 200: Overall Super Twins qualifying results, are as follows:

1 Jamie Coward 4.57.829
2 Michael Rutter 4.58.029
3 Derek McGee 4.58.492
4 Glenn Irwin 4.58.625
5 Stefano Bonetti 4.58.830
6 Christian Elkin 4.58.931
7 Jeremy McWilliams 5.00.442
8 Horst Saiger 5.02.392
9 Michael Sweeney 5.05.328
10 James Chawke 5.05.411
11 Victor Lopez Santos 5.05.419
12 Carl Phillips 5.06.586
13 Francesco Curinga 5.07.442
14 Daley Mathison 5.08.692
15 Marty Lennon 5.10.388
16 Neil Kernohan 5.11.141
17 Darren Cooper 5.11.646
18 John McGuinness 5.11.842
19 Xavier Denis 5.13.012
20 Joe Loughlin 5.15.154
21 Matt Rees 5.15.360
22 Darren James 5.15.721
23 Maria Costello MBE 5.15.880
24 Paul Williams 5.16.123
25 Matt Sadowski 5.18.522
26 Garth Woods 5.18.887
27 Darryl Tweed 5.19.367
28 Steven Horne 5.22.787
29 Bruce Birnie 5.23.605
30 Michael Rees 5.27.864
31 Ryan Gibson 5.28.991
32 William Hara 5.30.862
33 Sandy Berwick 5.34.472
34 Mark Shields 5.45.819

Words by Stevie Rial

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