Following a potent burst of rain, in between conditions were in prospect for Super Twins North West 200 class entrants, as their opening timed qualifying stint entered the horizon.
Michael Rutter, Pierre Yves Bian both had stints as pace setters before Richard Cooper aboard the JMcC Roofing Kawasaki went P1.
Cooper’s lap time of 5 minutes 19.450, gave him an advantage of 0.346 over IRRC Supersport Champion Yves Bian.
Team ILR/Mark Coverdale’s Rutter, Joe Loughlin, third, fourth quickest, best lap times at mid-session distance were both sub 5 minutes 23 seconds.
23 minutes into the session, Martimotos supported Yves Bian, fresh from racing in Italy went back to provisional pole, lapping at 5 minutes 18.256 seconds.
Quickly afterwards, former National Superstock 1000 Champion Cooper went fastest again, now four seconds quicker than Yves Bian.
With the weather turning more inclement, Cooper’s best lap time (5.14.212) towards the session’s end, remained the time to beat.
The impressive Yves Bian finished 4.044 in arrears to Cooper whilst third quickest was Jeremy McWilliams and the IFS/Bayview Hotel backed S1-R Paton.
Aforementioned Rutter, Loughlin finished respectively fourth, fifth fastest, Triangle course specialist Christian Elkin placed P6.
Peter Hickman having his first outing aboard newly acquired RS660 Aprilia machinery, was seventh quickest as KTS Racing Powered by Steadplan’s Jamie Coward, Duke Road Race Rankings Champion Michael Sweeney, Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston rounded out the top ten in opening Super Twins qualifying.
16th fastest Gary McCoy was leading NW200 newcomer whilst in total 37 racers set representative qualifying lap times.
Photo credit: Rod Neill
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou