Alastair Seeley will race a Gearlink Kawasaki in the Supersport class at the 2016 Vauxhall International North West 200.
Having equalled Robert Dunlop’s all-time record of 15 North West wins last season, the Carrickfergus rider will be aiming for a 16th victory as he is reunited with the 600cc British championship team he raced for in 2013.
“I hope we can start where we left off at the NW200 in 2013, where I won with GearLink.” the 36 year old said.
Seeley won a sensational 600cc race in 2013 after starting from the second row of the grid and passing early leader Michael Dunlop to take the chequered flag.
His treble at last year’s event sees the diminutive Carrickfergus racer Seeley poised to become the most successful rider in the history of the North Coast event.
“Anything I’ve asked for for the North West this year, Michael de Bidaph has agreed, and he assures me we will have strong motors, which I’m buzzing about.” Seeley said. “The bike model hasn’t changed for a number of years so hopefully I can just dial in my previous settings and be good to go from the start.”
GearLink team’s, de Bidaph is determined to see Seeley lift the record.
“This will be our fourth year of racing at the North West 200 and we love coming to Northern Ireland.” De Bidaph said. “It would be amazing for Alastair to break the record on our bike and we will put out everything we have got for him to do the job.”
Vauxhall will add extra Oomph to the 2016 International North West 200. Gordon Hannen, Vauxhall Regional Operations Manager for Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man explained.
“Alongside financial support and substantial course branding, our sponsorship includes the use of over 50 vehicles for officials including our New 2016 Astra, Astra GTC, Cascada, Mokka, Insignia and the very special course car, the mighty 6.2 litre engine VXR8 supercar,” said Gordon.
“We are also especially excited to announce that we will also be bringing along our VXR race transporter this year, as seen previously at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.” Hannen added.
“This will be placed in the paddock, providing seating for up to 300 people with free tea and coffee for current Vauxhall drivers. All other visitors will be asked to make a small donation with all the proceeds being split equally between the Northern Ireland Air Ambulance appeal and the Marie Curie Cancer Hospice in Northern Ireland.”