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Vauxhall International North West 200 – Saturday Facts Round Up

After the heroics of the superheroes around the coast roads yesterday, there’s many an interesting fact to point out from one of the best race days of recent times, at the Vauxhall International North West 200.

TAS Racing now have 27 North West 200 victories, courtesy of Alastair Seeley’s 20th and 21st victories, in the opening Superbike and second Superstock races.

Three of the first five finishers in the feature Superbike race, where S1000RR BMW mounted. The only Kawasaki mounted rider to feature within the top ten of the seven lap race, was Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison in sixth place.

Only 21 riders started the feature race of the meeting, a low amount it has to be said, for the showpiece event at Northern Ireland’s biggest sporting occasion.

Race winner Glenn Irwin, is the 23rd different rider to enjoy international roads success, in the 2010’s to date.

Following yesterday’s action, BMW Motorrad’s international road race wins tally, in the modern era, has grown to 22.

Honda’s sole representative in the second Superstock encounter, was Top Gun Racing’s Dan Hegarty, who finished a creditable 20th.

Alastair Seeley now holds the record for the most North West podium finishes, recording in total 32 trips to the rostrum.

The Wee Wizard is closely followed by Super Twins race 2 winner Michael Rutter, who has had 31 podium’s.

Photo by Rod Neill

Riders to achieve personal best North West results on Saturday included Adam McLean, finishing a great fourth in Supersport race 2.

Plus Darryl Tweed and Frederic Besnard 16th and 19th in the same race, Victor Lopez 11th (Super Twins) and Andrew Sellars 17th (Feature Superbike).

Whilst newcomer honours per class where as follows: Mark Purslow 18th (Supersport), Barry Furber 8th (Super Twins), Chris Green 23rd (Superstock) and Johan Fredriks 15th/12th (Superbike/Feature Superbike).

There was no new lap records set around the Triangle, primarily due to the wet and damp conditions throughout.

Words by Stevie Rial