North West 200: Hickman Powers To Superstock Pole

North West 200: Hickman Powers To Superstock Pole

Lapping just a shade under the existing Superbike qualifying lap record, Smiths Racing’s Peter Hickman dazzled on route to securing Superstock pole position at the 90th anniversary North West 200.

Looking at one with the Smiths BMW, Hickman with a lap time of 4 minutes 23.604 seconds, finished just over 1.6 seconds quicker than nearest challenger Glenn Irwin (4.25.244).

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Joining Irwin on the front row for tonight’s opening Superstock encounter, will be Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki team mate James Hillier (4.25.830), who looks in a very good frame of mind ahead of this evening’s race action.

18 times TT winner Michael Dunlop (4.26.762) was again in all out action mode, on route to finishing fourth quickest, whilst Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston (4.27.124), Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison (4.27.826) respectively overall fifth, sixth fastest, both showed an accomplished turn of pace.

The evergreen Michael Rutter (4.28.194) took spot number seven on the time sheets, whilst lead NW200 newcomer, Buildbase Suzuki’s Richard Cooper placed overall eighth quickest, courtesy of his lap time from Tuesday’s timed practice session.

Finalising the ten fastest overall qualifiers were Honda Racing’s Ian Hutchinson (4.30.755), and fellow multi TT winner Gary Johnson (4.30.944).

We must mention in this article as well, that the second Superstock qualifying session, was red flagged with just over four minutes of the session to still run, following an incident involving Immingham’s Craig Neve.

The former factory CF Moto racer, didn’t sustain any injuries following the incident at Magherabuoy Chicane, but red flags were still waived, due to recticel bales venturing onto the Triangle course.

North West 200: Overall Superstock qualifying results, are as follows:

1 Peter Hickman 4.23.604
2 Glenn Irwin 4.25.244
3 James Hillier 4.25.830
4 Michael Dunlop 4.26.762
5 Lee Johnston 4.27.124
6 Dean Harrison 4.27.826
7 Michael Rutter 4.28.194
8 Richard Cooper 4.30.343
9 Ian Hutchinson 4.30.755
10 Gary Johnson 4.30.944
11 Davey Todd 4.32.327
12 Daley Mathison 4.32.834
13 David Johnson 4.32.929
14 Paul Jordan 4.33.533
15 Conor Cummins 4.33.560
16 Jamie Coward 4.34.048
17 Craig Neve 4.34.114
18 Derek Sheils 4.35.127
19 Derek McGee 4.35.203
20 Stefano Bonetti 4.37.774
21 Horst Saiger 4.38.801
22 Michael Sweeney 4.40.303
23 Dominic Herbertson 4.40.630
24 Erno Kostamo 4.41.788
25 Lukas Maurer 4.42.223
26 Neil Kernohan 4.42.716
27 James Chawke 4.43.975
28 Xavier Denis 4.44.750
29 Tom Weeden 4.45.345
30 Matt Rees 4.45.995
31 Kris Duncan 4.47.528
32 Paul Williams 4.48.952
33 Bruce Birnie 4.48.954
34 Donald MacFadyen 4.49.720
35 Steven Horne 4.50.708
36 Chris Green 4.51.241
37 Marty Lennon 4.51.308
38 Mark Goodings 4.52.207
39 Vassilios Takos 4.53.025
40 Raul Torras Martinez 4.58.626
41 Paul Gartland 4.59.690
42 Stephen Degnan 5.06.868
43 Andy Sellars 5.07.122
44 Paul Mackey 5.07.956
45 Toni Rechberger 5.08.689
46 Patricia Fernandez 5.08.981

Words by Stevie Rial

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