2021 North West 200 Cancelled

2021 North West 200 Road Races have been cancelled.

The Coleraine and District Motor Club have confirmed via a Facebook Post that their 2021 event is now cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic.

2021 North West 200 Cancelled
2021 North West 200 Cancelled

2021 fonaCAB Nicholl Oils North West 200 cancelled.

It is with great regret that the Coleraine and District Motor Club Ltd has to announce the cancellation of the 2021 fonaCAB Nicholl Oils North West 200.

The official advice from government and public health officials has made it clear the effects of Coronavirus will remain with us for some considerable time to come, despite the roll out of the vaccination programme. In those circumstances, and after much consideration, the Club committee feels it would be impossible to run this year’s event.

A contingency plan that involved delaying race week from May until August has been given full consideration. However, with so much time, expense and personnel involved in the planning and preparation of the NW200, the risk in pursuing such a plan is too great because of continued uncertainty around both the effects of the virus on our community and the extent of the restrictions aimed at suppressing it.

The Coleraine Club’s main priority must be to ensure the safety and wellbeing of not only those involved in the event, but also the residents of the north coast area and further afield. It would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for the organisers to limit the number of people who travel to the area during race week which, in turn, could pose a significant risk to the local population. That is a situation that cannot be contemplated.

Although extremely disappointing, the decision to cancel the NW200 for the second year in a row is the only responsible course of action the Coleraine Club can take. We would like to offer our sincere thanks to all of our loyal sponsors, officials and volunteers for their understanding and support.

We also apologise for any inconvenience caused by the cancellation and hope that this timely intervention can assist the teams and competitors who would normally take part in to our event in making alternative plans.

The Coleraine and District Motor Club would also like to thank everyone who has supported us by retaining their bookings through this difficult period.

Our reservations team will be in contact in the coming weeks as we now look forward to 2022 when a provisional date of May 8-14 has been allocated for what we hope will be the return of race week at Ireland’s largest motorcycle sporting event.

Until then we ask that everyone stays safe and follows the official advice in support of those in the front line of the battle against Coronavirus.

Issued by Coleraine and District Motor Club Ltd.

19/1/2021


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2020 North West 200 Postponed

2020 North West 200 Postponed
2020 North West 200 Postponed

2020 North West 200 Postponed : Official Statement :

STATEMENT RE THE POSTPONEMENT OF THE 2020 FONACAB AND NICHOLL OILS NORTH WEST 200

Given the current concerns and restrictions around the Coronavirus public health crisis, the organisers of the 2020 fonaCAB and Nicholl Oils North West 200 will postpone the May 10-16 Race Week.
Over the past two weeks we have been in constant contact with government and public health officials, representatives of Causeway Coast and Glens Council, and the sport’s governing body, the MCUI (UC).
Today’s decision has been based upon the advice and guidance received. Our paramount desire is to act responsibly and do all we can to protect everyone from the threat posed by the virus.
We enjoy the full support of loyal sponsors and stakeholders in making this decision but apologise for any inconvenience it has caused to them, our competitors, volunteers and race fans.


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2019 North West 200 : Race Results 18/05/2019

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Before you go any further check out the previous qualifying sessions :

http://tbni.blog/2019/05/14/2019-north-west-200-qualifying-results-14-05-2019/

http://tbni.blog/2019/05/16/2019-north-west-200-qualifying-results-16-05-2019/

And Thursday’s Race Session (16/05/2019) :

http://tbni.blog/2019/05/16/2019-north-west-200-race-results-16-05-2019/

After glorious weather all week Saturday Race Day came and the good weather left.  From before 8:00am the rain set in and truthfully never really let up all day.

The result was – initially – red flags, delays, more delays, a helicopter taking down power lines (true story) and then eventually a great afternoon and early evening’s racing.

It was about 2:40pm by the time the supersports started for the third time that the schedule started to move.  The rain continued, but so did the motorcycles and we were really treated to some awesome races.

Thank goodness for the contingency legislation, which meant the roads could remain closed until 9pm.  Unfortunately we ran out of time and light to run the feature Superbike race, which was cancelled for safety reasons – and that although disappointing for all the super bike fans – made perfect sense and was absolutely the right call to make.

Here is how things panned out…

Scroll right to the bottom to get to get to the gallery for some photo candy…

 

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2019 North West 200 Saturday 18/05/2019 Race Schedule & Entry List

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(Roads Closed 9:15am - 7pm)

Race 1 – The Junction Retail & Leisure Park SUPERSPORT RACE Race 1 – The Junction Retail & Leisure Park SUPERSPORT RACE

Race 2 – ANCHOR BAR SUPERBIKE RACE Race 2 – ANCHOR BAR SUPERBIKE RACE

Race 3 – JOHN M PATERSON SUPERTWIN RACE Race 3 – JOHN M PATERSON SUPERTWIN RACE

Race 4  – CP HIRE SUPERSTOCK RACE Race 4  – CP HIRE SUPERSTOCK RACE

Race 5 – MERROW HOTEL & SPA NW200 SUPERBIKE RACE Race 5 – MERROW HOTEL & SPA NW200 SUPERBIKE RACE

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2019 North West 200 : Race Results 16/05/2019

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Before you go any further check out the previous qualifying sessions :

http://tbni.blog/2019/05/14/2019-north-west-200-qualifying-results-14-05-2019/

http://tbni.blog/2019/05/16/2019-north-west-200-qualifying-results-16-05-2019/

Thursday night brought us the first three races of the 2019 North West 200 – and what an amazing three races they were.

The weather was glorious, the clouds had broken and the sun was setting nicely out into the Atlantic Ocean, all of which set the scene for some epic road racing along our stunning Northern Irish North Coast.  

Track temperatures were hovering close to 30 degrees celsius and the wind, although still blowing was nothing more than a gentle coastal breeze.

Perfect conditions for some Thursday night road racing and things all kicked off with the Supersport 600cc machines, followed by some big(ish) bike action of the superstockers and finishing things off with the supertwins.

Here is how things unfolded…

North West 200 : 16th May 2019 Race Results :

I said earlier on today today to watch out in this class.  I said earlier on today that Lee Johnston was definitely worth watching in this session and oh my word…  Just look what happened!

Lee Johnston takes the win from Seeley who unfortunately after 6 laps of hardcore battle with General Lee Johnston fell at the last.

Importantly he was up and walked away from his off, and hopefully he is good for Saturday, but until the unfortunate incident of Alistair Seeley coming off the bike that was a true modern day motorcycling duel!

Really thrilling racing, which finished with a red flag following the spill from the Wee Wizard.

An unlucky retirement for Paul Jordan also who is having a great meeting, thankfully nothing serious for Paul, he just felt unwell.

A great start to the race session and here’s to a quick and full recovery for Alistair Seeley – we all want to see him on the Ducati on Saturday!

Race 1 – Tides Restaurant Supersport Race (6 laps) Race 1 – Tides Restaurant Supersport Race (6 laps) Race 1 – Tides Restaurant Supersport Race (6 laps)

Superstocks came out next and of course did not disappoint.  

Again have a look at Glen Irwin – second in this race, behind Hicky, who to be fair this week se far seems to be riding a rocket every time he gets on a bike.  

Michael Dunlop filled the 3rd spot on the podium in a race where he just seemed to bide his time and pounce in the last minute, much to the delight of the north west course as the cheers went round the circuit like a Mexican wave.

Dean Harrison came off at University, thankfully unhurt and Hutchy was having a truly great run, until having to retire.  Hutchy is definitely on the up – racing about the 6th spot until his early exit from the race.

This class and the superbikes could be very interesting come Saturday if Glenn Irwin can keep this form considering how well Hicky is preforming.  Things could get really fast, really fast.

Race 2 – Bayview Hotel Superstock Race (6 laps) Race 2 – Bayview Hotel Superstock Race (6 laps) Race 2 – Bayview Hotel Superstock Race (6 laps)

Supertwins – or Kawasaki v Paton.  It was definitely a Paton / Kawasaki fight tonight with the Paton taking the top spot and two Ryan Farquhar machines filling up the rostrum.

It was tight the whole race with the Italian Stefano Bonetti taking the win.  

Notably Stefano was the first Italian rider to secure a win at the North West in her 90 year history.  The Italian National Anthem brought great joy to many walking down the coast road although what I learned is road racing fans simply can not dance!

Well done Stefano Bonetti, that was a tight race for its entire duration and an exceptional well ridden race and an equally well deserved win!

Unfortunately John McGuinness never brought the 600cc Norton out to play, Derek McGee retired in the pits and Jeremy McWilliams had his second fall of the day.  Thankfully walking away from it.

Race 3 – MCL InsureTech Supertwin Race (4 laps) Race 3 – MCL InsureTech Supertwin Race (4 laps) Race 3 – MCL InsureTech Supertwin Race (4 laps)

All in all a tremendous night’s racing finished up by a great Supertwin battle.

Now see you all Saturday, get there early – it’s going to be busy!

Oh and park somewhere sensible…don’t let this be you!

16/05/2019 NW200 Tow Away 16/05/2019 NW200 Tow Away

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2019 North West 200 : Qualifying Results 14/05/2019

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The first International Road Race is here and it is the 90th Anniversary of Northern Ireland’s Largest Sporting Event – The 2019 International North West 200!

The weather is looking glorious for the week ahead and this morning into the afternoon brought us the first of two practice sessions.  

Everything from the newcomers to the Superbikes was catered for and here is how things sit after the first qualifying session.

Times will quicken as the teams do a bit of chopping and changing, maybe a little tinkering and tweaking, but things will get quicker and with the sun shining here’s to a massive 90th Anniversary and to a safe and enjoyable event for all riders, teams, marshal, spectators, me and you!

North West 200 : 14th May 2019 Qualifying / Practice Results :

You’ll recognise these guys because for today and Thursday’s Practice Sessions they will be wearing orange bibs.  Keep an eye on them them, stars of the future are in here!

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Alistair Seeley takes the top spot in the first session – Lee Johnston not too far behind – and I reckon will do big things in this class this year…watch and see…

2019 NW200 Supersport First Qualifying 2019 NW200 Supersport First Qualifying 2019 NW200 Supersport First Qualifying

You are not going to have too much change out of £150,000 for the cheapest superbike.  

You’ll probably need about £200,000 for a race ready Ducati, and a cool quarter of a million for the RCV Honda (about the current price of a 2 bedroom apartment on the course!)

It was great to see John McGuinness back out on the Triangle Circuit after his horrific off in 2017 and as he said himself, in that silver suit and on the Norton he was definitely on the best looking machine on the course – the bike is hand build too!

Michael Dunlop has really put his stall out too.  After a week of, ‘Will he?  Won’t he? He has parted from Tyco?  He isn’t happy.  He is injured.’ He is half a second of the top spot and watching him, he looked good – there is definitely more to give…

2019 NW200 Superbike First Qualifying 2019 NW200 Superbike First Qualifying 2019 NW200 Superbike First Qualifying

It was great to see John McGuinness back out on the Triangle Circuit after his horrific off in 2017 and as he said himself, in that silver suit and on the Norton he was definitely on the best looking machine on the course – the bike is hand build too!

The Supertwins… love them or hate them they are the class that is becoming the controversial one.

What started as a class that was meant to be a starting point to road racing and affordable you now need big money to make your stock 650cc machine competitive.  Some estimates out there are in the region of needing £100,000 to have a machine capable enough to get you on the rostrum.  That £100,000 will turn your 60bhp machine to close to 100bhp.

Then there is the Paton machine – say no more – the supertwin purists don’t like it / those making super twins don’t like it, but the fans – they love it!

2019 NW200 Supertwin First Qualifying 2019 NW200 Supertwin First Qualifying 2019 NW200 Supertwin First Qualifying

 

The Paton machine proved itself in 2018 – Ridden by Joey Thompson, who almost – almost – won the class (and unfortunately failed to secure a ride / team for this year – and has subsequently retired from racing).  Two fan favourites, Horst Saiger and Maria Costello MBE will be on a Paton, so keep your eyes peeled.

On the other side of the fence is the Kawasaki 650cc – Ryan Farquhar has six machines on the track and wants to fill the podium.

John McGuinness will be out on another incredible looking Norton – the haters don’t like it either – something to do with the units produced to fit the class.  But as I said – it is incredible looking.  So far though it has not shown itself to be the fastest machine – but it is its first year here…

 

Probably the class favoured most by riders, a fraction less power than the Superbike makes them just that little bit more manageable than their bigger, more powerful siblings.

However as you will see by the end of the week the difference in timings will minimal.

Superstock machines are easily identified as a ‘Superstock’ as they bare the red number plate – you might even see a few out during the superbike sessions.

A really full line-up for the Superstock grid, but one noticeable absence is Alistair Seeley – who has opted out of the class to the concentrate on the Ducati Superbike.  

Michael Dunlop will be out on his own MD Racing / Carl Cox Motorsport Superstocker – let’s not forget MD likes to build bikes too – and as you can see from the results a big final push put him third in this session, about 6/100 off 2nd.

Personally I think this will be a great race.

2019 NW200 Superstock First Qualifying 2019 NW200 Superstock First Qualifying 2019 NW200 Superstock First Qualifying

So there we have it – the conclusion of day 1 and what a great incident free session that was.

Some teams will be thinking – ‘It’s working, let’s not break it.’  Some will be thinking, ‘Break it, start fresh!’

Whichever though it this Tuesday session has led brilliantly towards Thursday’s qualifying and race night sessions – see you there for hopefully more of the same!

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2019 North West 200 : 12th – 18th May 2019

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2019 North West 200 Saturday 18/05/2019 Race Schedule :

(Roads closed 9.15pm – 7pm): 

Race 1 – The Junction Retail & Leisure Park SUPERSPORT RACE

Race 2 – ANCHOR BAR SUPERBIKE RACE

Race 3 – JOHN M PATERSON SUPERTWIN RACE

Race4  – CP HIRE SUPERSTOCK RACE

Race5 – MERROW HOTEL & SPA NW200 SUPERBIKE RACE

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 : https://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 : https://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 : https://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)

Read more2018 Vauxhall International North West 200 Saturday Race Day Gallery (Saturday 19th May 2018)

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 : https://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.)

As always please feel free to use my photographs for your own personal use, if you want to use any of them commercially then please contact me here : https://tbni.blog/reviews-and-contact-info/.

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

Read more2018 Vauxhall International North West Thursday Race Night Gallery (Thursday 17th May 2018)

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

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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 : https://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 :

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