2009 British Superstock champion Alastair Seeley added the Irish Superbike title to his list of achievements at the weekend's end-of-season Sunflower Trophy Races in Northern Ireland.
The Relentless Suzuki rider, on a run of 12 successive Irish Superbike wins, brought a 45.5 point lead into the final two races at Bishopscourt.
In race one, Seeley shadowed his team-mate Ian Lowry across the line to take second place and 20 points to secure the title, before winning race two to end the season - on the top step of the podium.
Seeley took the title despite missing 12 races due to British Championship commitments.
Seeley also claimed an international win at the North West 200 back in May and the Mondello Masters title just last month - increasing his win tally in Relentless Suzuki colours to 27 in 2009.
"It's been a dream year for me in Relentless Suzuki colours and a lot of credit must go to the team,” he said. “You only understand how professional the set-up really is at TAS Racing when you become part of it, and I have a lot to be thankful for. I've ridden really well this year and gained a new focus in my racing. I always said, in the right team with the right package I can be a top rider in British Championship and we've proved that this year.”
Seeley will now join team-mate Lowry in an end of season holiday race in Perth, Western Australia at the beginning of November: a prize offered as part of the ISB champions' package for 2009.
“To win the Irish Superbike title and the trip to Australia is a nice wee bonus at the end of the year," he said. "I'm sure Ian and I can have some fun and maybe try out some water-sports and other things we couldn't do at home during the winter months.”