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McWilliams toasts maiden road racing win at North West 200

'The KMR Kawasaki was absolutely awesome and I think this is as special as anything I ever achieved' - Jeremy McWilliams
Jeremy McWilliams celebrated his maiden road racing victory on Thursday night a year after the former Grand Prix star made his debut at the North West 200.

McWilliams finished as the runner-up behind Ryan Farquhar in the inaugural Supertwin race at the Northern Ireland road race in 2012 but scaled the top step at the North West 200 as he won the 650cc race on Farquhar's KMR Kawasaki ER6.

Ulsterman McWilliams may now be 49-years-old but he showed all his class as he kept young guns James Hillier and team-mate Jamie Hamilton at bay to take the honours in the four-lap race on the 8.9-mile public roads course.

He had been locked in battle with fellow countryman William Davison until the penultimate lap, when his young challenger crashed out unhurt at Black Hill.

McWilliams held on to win by 0.864s from Hillier at the end and described his victory as an 'awesome feeling'.

“I could never have dreamed of winning a race here and now that I'm on the top step it's a pretty awesome feeling.

“William [Davison] was riding really well and it would have been an awesome race if he could have been with me to the flag.

“It's so nerve-wracking before you go out there and it's really not what I'm used to,” he added.

“The KMR Kawasaki was absolutely awesome and I think this is as special as anything I ever achieved.

"It's a big achievement for me because I'm not racing professionally and I only come here once a year.

“I only had about 15 laps on the bike at Kirkistown before we came here and I qualified on pole.”

Ivan Lintin, Lee Johnston and Michael Rutter rounded out the top six.



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Cammyspop

May 17, 2013 9:56 AM

Makes you wonder what he could have done had he gone road racing instead of concentrating on a GP career. Not that I'm belittling his GP career in any way, but I wonder if he could have been one of the road racing greats.



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