2018 Vauxhall International North West 200 Saturday Race Day Gallery (Saturday 19th May 2018)

For the full results of Saturday’s racing (19/05/2018) click here : http://tbni.blog/2018/05/20/2018-vauxhall-international-race-day-results-timings-saturday-19th-may-2018/

After a glorious and incident free Thursday night Saturday Race Day had a lot to live up to!

It did live up to it and then some!

With a reported 120,000 visitors to Northern Ireland’s North Coast the sun came, it was scorching – the crowds came – they were loving it – and the racing came – with the world’s best road racers putting on a show the like the North West hadn’t seen for years.

It was a true spectacle, road racing at its finest and – incident free.  Only one red flag, new comer Nadieh Schoots came off at University and thankfully only suffered a badly bruised leg.

This was exactly what the NW200 needed after a few less that perfect years and was a real testament to everyone involved coupled with a little luck (weather) – but we all need a little luck sometimes!

For the full results of Thursday’s racing (17/05/2018) click here : http://tbni.blog/2018/05/18/2018-vauxhall-international-north-west-thursday-race-night-results-timings-thursday-17th-may-2018/

Check out my full gallery of all the action from Thursday (17/05/2018) evening’s racing here : http://tbni.blog/2018/06/03/2018-vauxhall-international-north-west-thursday-race-night-gallery-thursday-17th-may-2018/

(For info these photos were taken on the Coast Road between Portrush and Portstewart – just up from Tides Restaurant on the opposite side of the road).

Enjoy…

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Joey Thomspon and Ian Hutchinson battling it out in the Supersport Race – at the 2018 NW2018 (19/05/2018)

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2018 Vauxhall International North West Thursday Race Night Gallery (Thursday 17th May 2018)

For the full results of Thursday’s racing (17/05/2018) click here : http://tbni.blog/2018/05/18/2018-vauxhall-international-north-west-thursday-race-night-results-timings-thursday-17th-may-2018/

Thursday night’s racing was sun-kissed, fast, contested and incident free.  A superb night on Northern Ireland’s North Coast and I am happy to bring you a full gallery covering all the action from the evening’s three races.  It was the perfect set up for the 2018 NW200 Race Day Saturday…

Enjoy!

(For info these photographs were taken on the Portrush side of the Juniper Hill Chicane – about 300m before the chicane.)

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Paul Jordan on his Supersport bike at the 2018 NW2018 (17/05/2018)

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2018 Vauxhall International Race Day Results & Timings (Saturday 19th May 2018)

2018 North West 200
2018 North West 200

Saturday Race Day – the big day for the annual NW200 and what a day it was.  The weather forecast had promised to be a scorcher and guess what – even for Northern Ireland it delivered!

Thursday’s racing had already been a massive success with no major incidents and all three races running their full distance with real world class racing on display.  Saturday promised another 5 races but could it deliver on what Thursday had already given us?

Well the short answer is yes!  The weather was glorious, a bit breezy, but all that really did was hide the sunburn!  The racing was outstanding and with only one red flag on the first lap of the final race – of which those involved are fine.

The standing of racing was fantastic and the (reported) crowds of 120,000 people loved it!

Glen Irwin was dishing out the lessons on how to ride a superbike, taking 2 wins in the class, meaning he had 3 in a row at the NW200, remembering he took the 2017 Feature Race in fantastic style.  Joey Thompson – a new crowd favourite missed out on taking a Supertwin win being piped at the final Juniper Hill Chicane, it was breath taking stuff and an amazing example of how good the NW200 can be if blessed with a little bit of good fortune and weather.  Really well done to all those involved.

If you missed it the BBC still have the entire day available for viewing – but I don’t know how long it will be available for – find it here :  https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/northern-ireland/43801720

And let’s not forget Jonathan Rea popped along for a private lap, evening stopping to say hello a few times!

Jonathan Rea on his Parade Lap of the 2018 North West 200
Jonathan Rea on his Parade Lap of the 2018 North West 200

Check out my full gallery of all the action from the day’s racing here : http://tbni.blog/2018/06/04/2018-vauxhall-international-north-west-200-saturday-race-day-gallery-saturday-19th-may-2018/

Without further delay here are the results of an amazing day’s racing at Northern Ireland’s North Coast :

Read more2018 Vauxhall International Race Day Results & Timings (Saturday 19th May 2018)

2018 Vauxhall International North West Thursday Race Night Results & Timings (Thursday 17th May 2018)

2018 North West 200
2018 North West 200

Thursday Race night at the 2018 International North West 200 wasn’t far away from perfect, with only one 30 minute delay, due to a oil spill, there were no other incidents to report, no other race delays, no red flags and a little bit of hazy cloud meant the lowering sun didn’t effect the racing as in previous years.

The result was a full night’s racing, with all 3 races running the distance.

Check out my full gallery of all the action from the evening’s racing here : http://tbni.blog/2018/06/03/2018-vauxhall-international-north-west-thursday-race-night-gallery-thursday-17th-may-2018/

The results of which follow below :

A little hazy cloud helps ensure the full race programme goes ahead on Thursday Race Night at the 2018 North West 200
A little hazy cloud helps ensure the full race programme goes ahead on Thursday Race Night at the 2018 North West 200

Read more2018 Vauxhall International North West Thursday Race Night Results & Timings (Thursday 17th May 2018)

2018 Vauxhall International North West Qualifying / Practice Results & Timings (Thursday 17th May 2018)

After a rather miserable Tuesday session thanks to the Northern Irish weather (which to be fair can be much worse) Thursday’s session was – sun kissed.  Glorious uninterrupted sunshine showered the North Coast in all it’s glory and gave the riders and teams a good chance to get some qualifying times on the board and get tweaking before the racing started on Thursday evening and then in to Saturday Race Day.

The Clerk of the Course even tried to get a double superbike session in after Tuesday’s session being cut so short, however like all best laid plans all you need is an oil spill to ruin them.

However a good session led us into Thursday night…

2018 North West 200
2018 North West 200

Read on for a full detailed listing of Thursday’s Qualifying Session Results :

Read more2018 Vauxhall International North West Qualifying / Practice Results & Timings (Thursday 17th May 2018)

2018 Vauxhall International North West Qualifying / Practice Results & Timings (Tuesday 15th May 2018)

Lee Johnston uses every inch of the North Coast Roads

2018 North West 200
2018 North West 200

I generally see the Tuesday session as more of a warmup than an actual qualifying session. The results you are seeing here will in no way reflect what we see on Thursday and Saturday, today’s timings are even more hampered by the greasy track from the on off rain. It is what it is, but here are the results from today’s Qualifying (“warmup”) sessions…

2018 Vauxhall International North West Qualifying / Practice Results & Timings (Tuesday 15th May 2018)
2018 Vauxhall International North West Qualifying / Practice Results & Timings (Tuesday 15th May 2018)

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Honda Confirm Cause of McGuiness 2017 North West 200 Crash

Honda Racing

The 2017 North West 200 was the start of the end for Honda’s Road Racing Season this year.

Things hadn’t got off to a great start anyway even after the announcement of what has to be described as a dream team of John MCGuinness and Guy Martin.  Guy crashed out of Tandragee and had a mediocre Cookstown event, however whether Honda wanted to admit it or not there was clearly an issue come the North West.

Every road racing fan knows John McGuinness just doesn’t fall off and it didn’t take long until the rumours started flowing that there was an issue with the bike and something to do with the throttle and that is what had thrown John off the bike.

Now two and a half months later, those rumours have been confirmed.

Read moreHonda Confirm Cause of McGuiness 2017 North West 200 Crash

2017 International North West 200 (NW200) Saturday 13th May 2017 Race Results – SPOILER ALERT!

Internation North West 200 2017
Glen Irwin on the Be Wiser Ducati takes the 2017 Vauxhall NW200 Superbike Race in an outstanding feature race!
Glen Irwin on the Be Wiser Ducati takes the 2017 Vauxhall NW200 Superbike Race in an outstanding feature race!

With five races scheduled for the Saturday event the usual happened and the weather closed in.  After 2 glorious weeks that covered Northern Ireland in sunshine by the time Saturday Race Day had arrived so too had the rain.  That meant delays… by well after lunch time only one race had been run and the question was will just one more race be even possible?

Well it was, the weather broke just enough to get a full schedule completed and WOW what a Race Day it was!  Every race was outstanding, there was only one red flag and that was for rain and safety reasons rather than crashes or injuries.  William Dunlop found himself back on the podium again after an outstanding run on the Supertwin machine, then a few moments of drama when rain closed in on a race and the riders wanted the race stopped raised the temperature of the event.  Tempers rose to the point of breaking – all of which accumulated itself in the feature race – The 2017 Vauxhall NW200 Superbike Race.  It was one of the great spectacles this event has had in years and talking about it isn’t enough, you have to watch it and see the ride that Glen Irwin put in on his Ducati, breath taking doesn’t cover it!  Irwin wanted it, Seeley wanted it, Hutchy wanted it, Rutter wanted it.  They all wanted it so badly – Hutchy was riding his bike more like a Subaru WRC powersliding it round the place, Seeley almost ended up sliding down the road after cutting a bit of the roadside grass for The Causeway Coast Council, and Glen Irwin was poetic coming out of every corner.  It was a truly outstanding race.

Make sure you catch the highlight shows on the BBC – I have no idea how they could cut that race down to ‘highlights’ the whole race was a highlight!

Read more2017 International North West 200 (NW200) Saturday 13th May 2017 Race Results – SPOILER ALERT!

2017 NW200 Saturday Racing… Entry Lists :

Internation North West 200 2017
Internation North West 200 2017

Entry lists can be difficult to find so if you are not in a position to buy a program let me help you out.

(However if you are in a position to buy a program, go and buy one!  Supporting the sport is what will keep it alive and to keep alive it needs money.  Buying a program is how we can all do that, so get out there and get your program bought!)

North West 200 Saturday Live Stream

Good luck and a safe event to all competitiors, spectators, officials. Everyone.

Internation North West 200 2017
Internation North West 200 2017

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2017 International North West 200 (NW200) Thursday 11th May 2017 Race Results

Internation North West 200 2017
International North West 200 2017

Thursday Night traditionally brings 3 races to open the events actual racing.  It is a pleasure to say this year the Thursday Night passed without incident, all 3 races getting off on time, to their full duration and a cracking evenings racing, marred only by the crash involving John McGuinnes earlier in the days Superbike Session.

Here are the results of the first three races of the 2017 International North West 200!

Internation North West 200 2017
International North West 200 2017

Read more2017 International North West 200 (NW200) Thursday 11th May 2017 Race Results