Michael Rutter secured a popular Super Twins race 2 victory, to take his tally of North West 200 victories to 14, making him now the third most successful rider in history at the Portstewart based meeting.
Victorious by 0.697 of a second, after a close fought race in drying conditions, he was visibly delighted in the winners enclosure with his success, which also marked an emotional win for Ryan Farquhar’s KMR Kawasaki team.
Photo by Tommy Vennard
Dan Cooper aboard the KW Electrical Services backed ER6 Kawasaki in second place, was over the moon to record a maiden North West podium finish.
Race 1 winner Martin Jessopp (Riders Motorcycles Kawasaki) third, was magnanimous in defeat, as he added his congratulations to his fellow podium finishers.
Michael Sweeney finished an excellent fourth, Marty Lennon recorded a new Personal best NW200 finish of fifth, as James Cowton (McAdoo Kawasaki) wrapped up the top six.
Christian Elkin sealed seventh, Greenhous Vauxhall backed Barry Furber took the newcomers honours in eighth, whilst Kris Duncan and Optimark Road Racing’s Xavier Denis, both impressed, in recording ninth and tenth place finishes.
The remaining two finishers of the four lap race, where Spain’s Victor Lopez and Scotsman Bruce Birnie.
High profile riders not to complete the race, included Lee Johnston, Ivan Lintin, Cookstown BE Racing’s Derek Sheils and Paul Jordan.
Vauxhall International North West 200 – Super Twins Race 2 Results:
1 Michael Rutter
2 Dan Cooper
3 Martin Jessopp
4 Michael Sweeney
5 Marty Lennon
6 James Cowton
7 Christian Elkin
8 Barry Furber
9 Kris Duncan
10 Xavier Denis
11 Victor Lopez
12 Bruce Birnie
Words by Stevie Rial