Saintfield-based Mar-Train Racing toasted a fairy-tale double at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Thursday, with new signing Alastair Seeley delivering the goods in style.
Seeley won the Supersport and Superstock races for the Northern Ireland team to give owners Tim and Sonia Martin a night to remember, with the potential for even more celebrations on Saturday as Seeley prepares for both Superbike races and the second Superstock and Supersport events.
Mar-Train Racing has blossomed from humble beginnings in the Irish Superbike Championship to being crowned British Supersport champions in 2013 when Stuart Easton clinched the title.
And now Seeley has ticked another box for Martin, who has always harboured a dream of seeing his bikes on the top step at the North West 200.
“I’m obviously over the moon to get our first North West 200 wins and even more so to do it in such dramatic fashion,” said Martin. “The Supersport race was unbelievable: to come back from well down the pack after almost being knocked off at York on lap one and take the win was something special.
“The Superstock race win was impressive in a different way. Alastair really controlled the race and then had to fight in the closing stages against the super-fast BMW bikes of [Michael] Rutter and [Michael] Dunlop.
“Both races were pure gold and we’re absolutely delighted of course.”
Bradford’s Dean Harrison is also riding for Mar-Train in the Supersport class and was battling with the front group in race one until he was a retirement on the penultimate lap.
“It was unjust that Dean didn’t get a finish but we will put that right for him on Saturday,” Martin added.