Seeley double at NW200

Published Thursday, 15 May 2014
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Carrick’s Alastair Seeley celebrated a double win in two of Thursday night’s three races at the North West 200.

VIDEO: Visiting bikers arrive off the Stena Line ferry and head to the North West 200.

In the first race of the evening, which saw the Superstocks take to the roads, Seeley came in first on his Kawasaki with Michael Rutter sixth-tenths of a second behind.

Michael Dunlop came in two-tenths of a second later to round off the podium.

In the Supertwins race, Lee Johnston brought his 650 Pirtek Kawasaki home half a second ahead of Ivan Linten, with James Cowton finishing third.

And in the Superports category, Seeley grabbed his second win of the night - despite a determined effort from Guy Martin, who finished second ahead of Josh Brookes.

It takes Seeley's tally of NW200 wins to 12, overtaking Phillip McCallen and putting him just one victory behind 13-time winner Michael Rutter.

For Australian BSB star Brookes, his third-place finish was a welcome first podium in only his second year at the event.

Proceedings were red-flagged at one point during Thursday's practices, with Maria Costello escaping injury when she came off her bike in a crash at the chicane near the start/finish point.

Meanwhile, crowds have been flocking to the North Coast, with a stream of bikes coming off the ferry and heading for the Triangle circuit ahead of the main race day.

There are five races scheduled for Saturday's race programme.

The weather has fortunately been much kinder than in previous years, and organisers will be hoping that continues throughout race week.

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Adrian in Coleraine wrote (168 days ago):
Glad theres more to the northwest than the dunlops !
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