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North West 200: Seeley Blitzes 600 Lap Record On Route To Supersport Race 2 Glory

The large capacity crowd today at the Vauxhall International North West 200, were treated to an absolute masterclass from Alastair Seeley, who produced yet another magical display around the Triangle to take his tally of NW200 victories to 23.

Involved in an eight rider battle throughout for race honours, the last two laps saw EHA Racing’s Seeley literally pull the pin, breaking away from the chasing pack.

The sixth and final lap saw him power his YZF R6 Yamaha steed to a dazzling new class lap record of 4 minutes 33.864 seconds, as he further cemented his reputation as no doubt one of the greatest ever exponents of the North West 200.

Photo by Tommy Vennard

Quattro Plant/JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s James Hillier recorded a second successive second place finish, whilst Lee Johnston leading again the Padgetts Racing challenge, also replicated his result from Thursday evening’s opening middleweight class encounter, finishing in third place.

Dean Harrison held off Michael Dunlop for fourth, Martin Jessopp was sixth, Conor Cummins sealed a solid seventh place finish, whilst Lee Hardy Racing’s Gary Johnson in contention throughout for a rostrum finish or better, dropped back to eighth.

Finalising the top ten in another thrilling, pulsating Supersport encounter on the fabled Triangle course, was McAdoo Kawasaki’s James Cowton and Dan Kneen aboard the Jackson Racing CBR 600RR Honda.

Super Twins race 1 podium finisher Joe Thompson finished a very creditable 11th in front of Sam West (12th), Laurent Hoffmann (13th), lead newcomers Daniel Mettam (19th) and Pierre Yves Bian (20th), who all like Team ILR’s Thompson went under the radar to seal extremely positive results.

Supersport Race 2 results:

1 Alastair Seeley
2 James Hillier
3 Lee Johnston
4 Dean Harrison
5 Michael Dunlop
6 Martin Jessopp
7 Conor Cummins
8 Gary Johnson
9 James Cowton
10 Dan Kneen
11 Joe Thompson
12 Sam West
13 Laurent Hoffmann
14 Paul Jordan
15 Christian Elkin
16 Ian Hutchinson
17 Dan Cooper
18 Craig Neve
19 Daniel Mettam
20 Pierre Yves Bian
21 Darryl Tweed
22 Darren Cooper
23 Matt Rees
24 Frederic Besnard
25 Mike Norbury
26 Ilja Caljouw
27 Paul Williams
28 Mark Goodings
29 Raul Torras Martinez
30 Paul Cranston
31 Andy Sellars
32 David Murphy
33 Callum Paterson
34 Stephen Degnan
35 Ramon Basomba
36 Paul Mackey

Words by Stevie Rial