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North West 200: Inspired Hillier Powers To CP Hire Superstock Victory

Rewarded for his persistence, sustained great form at the 90th anniversary North West 200, an inspired James Hillier proved untouchable in today’s six lap CP Hire Superstock race.

Never headed across the six laps, Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki’s Hillier, who made a shrewd tyre choice, electing to run a wet front, race lead at one point was in excess of 19 seconds!

Ultimately victorious by just over three seconds, it’s fair to say the calm, cool, level headed Hillier is a contender for NW200 Rider of The Meeting award.

Photo by Rod Neill

Photo by Tommy Vennard

Finishing runner up to the relentless Hillier, was ultra impressive Triangle course debutant Richard Cooper, who showcased all his proven skills in wet, damp, tricky mixed conditions.

Buildbase Suzuki’s Cooper, who became officially the quickest NW200 newcomer in history on Thursday night, is also the first event newcomer to claim a podium finish since 2015.

Concluding Superstock race 2 rostrum finishers behind National Superstock 1000 Championship leader Cooper, was his good friend, and prior Supersport race winner Davey Todd.

Penz 13 BMW’s Todd regarded as one of International Road Racing’s fastest, most talented rising stars has showcased and some today, that’s he’s most definitely one to watch at TT 2019.

In contention throughout for second, Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison dropped off the pace on lap six, but still went onto finish a solid fourth.

Placing a quite superb fifth in front of NW200 legend Michael Rutter, was Switzerland’s Lukas Maurer, whilst seventh place finisher Matt Rees also claimed a famous scalp by finishing in front of Anchor Bar Superbike winner Glenn Irwin.

Finalising the first ten finishers were Terlicko specialist, all round good guy Horst Saiger, and Southport based Chris Green.

In total just 14 racers finished, what proved ultimately the final race of this years FonaCAB International North West 200 In Association With Nicholl Oils, with remaining race finishers being Vassilios Takos, Kris Duncan, and Donald MacFadyen.

Words by Stevie Rial

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