SUPER SEELEY GIVES EHA RACING DEBUT INTERNATIONAL WIN AT NORTH WEST 200
EHA Racing added its name to an illustrious list of winners at the International North West 200, when Alastair Seeley took a thrilling Supersport race victory earlier this evening on the sun-drenched north coast in Northern Ireland. He also took the fastest lap of the race, just 0.4sec outside his own lap record with a last lap of 4min 34.427sec.
The now 22-time winner, put the JP Corry backed EHA Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 on pole position, 2.8 seconds ahead of his rivals in the morning qualifying session, before going on to take a memorable first-ever victory at the NW200 for the Irish team – following six pulsating laps of the 8.9-mile Triangle circuit. James Hillier was second, 2.4sec down on Seeley, with Lee Johnston almost 4-seconds down on the Wee Wizard in third.
Speaking afterwards the diminutive Carrickfergus ace said: “I’m delighted to be able to give Edward and Gail and the whole EHA Racing team and their sponsors this first ever win. I knew the package was good, as I’ve raced against them in British championship, and I was excited to be getting to ride the new Yamaha R6 here at the North West. After a great test last week, everything went according to plan in qualifying today.
Recounting the race he said: In the race with a full fuel tank I didn’t want to push too hard on early on. I thought it might have been red flagged when Jessop hit the bails at Mill Road on lap one. His bike flipped over and landed where I wanted to be on track, but thankfully we were able to avoid it and carry on. We still have a race on Saturday so I don’t want to go into too much detail on our race strategy, but full credit to Adrian Gorst and the boys, the bike felt like it was on rails today. It gave me everything I wanted from it today.
Dean Harrison had got caught up in the Jessop incident, so when he came past, I knew he’d made up a lot of ground, so I latched on and had a look to see where he was strong before making a game plan and pulling the pin. I kissed the kerb on the exit of the start-finish chicane on the last lap, but nothing too severe, and there’s not even a mark on the rim. From there it was head down and put in a perfect lap record pace final effort to take the win. I’m a happy man.”
Team Manager Gail Allingham said of the memorable win: “The International North West 200 is a special event on the calendar and one we are all proud of, coming from this part of the world. But to come and win here, with what is essentially a family owned team, on only our second visit to the event, is just a dream come true.
Alastair has fitted into the EHA Racing set-up so well in such a short space of time, and his desire to add to his win tally, while also wanting to give us our first International NW200 win, has been obvious from the word go.
Full credit to him for his commitment so far, not just on track, but also off it; fulfilling PR requirements with our lead sponsor JP Corry and also meeting and greeting guests from a large number of other team partners during a hectic schedule which is very important to us this week.”
Gail added: “Our crew has also worked tirelessly this week; full credit to them as they came straight across from a busy British championship schedule to a test last week with Alastair and then straight onto the North West 200, where they have done a great job. Also a big thank you must go to Event Director Mervyn Whyte and his team for their support from the word go. It’s made the whole event very enjoyable.
We will have a bit of a celebration tonight then prepare for Saturday, where we get to look forward to the second Supersport outing at the event on main race day, and welcome back our sponsors and guest to the north coast. There’s no better place when the sun is shining and the victory champagne is flowing.”
For full results from tonight’s Supersport Race click here
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