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Torrential rain leads to delays at North West 200

'I couldn't see a thing, it's the blind leading the blind. There's a line to be drawn but where do you draw it?' - Guy Martin
Racing at the Vauxhall International North West 200 has been delayed as a result of heavy rain.

Atrocious conditions are proving a major headache for the event organisers, with standing water around the 8.9-mile circuit.

The opening race of the day, the Supersport race, was stopped on the third lap after three riders crashed at Primrose Corner and another slid off at Church Corner.

Fortunately, no serious injuries were reported.

Michael Dunlop was leading the race at the time on his PTR-prepared Honda from Bruce Anstey on the HM Plant/Padgett's Honda by one second.

Alastair Seeley, who won the opening Supersport race on Thursday evening on corrected time after starting from the second wave of riders, was up to fourth place on the time sheets.

A four-lap re-start was rescheduled but a series of delays have been implemented since as the rain continues to fall.

A number of leading riders including Michael and William Dunlop, Guy Martin, Stuart Easton and Simon Andrews have expressed concern at the conditions, with visibility and standing surface water the greatest concerns.

William Dunlop said: β€œIt's a joke, it ridiculous out there. You can't see a thing in front of you.”

Tyco Suzuki's Martin added: β€œI couldn't see a thing, it's the blind leading the blind. There's a line to be drawn but where do you draw it?”

Three races were held on Thursday evening, with Seeley taking a double in the Supersport and Superstock races and Jeremy McWilliams claiming his first roads victory in the Supertwin class.

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May 20, 2013 2:30 AM

this race meeting is treated as a warm up or unofficial test for the IOM TT by the smarter riders and some smarter spectators make the effort to see this awesome event, of course no one can garantee Northern Irish weather but Im sure those who made the effort to be there enjoyed the hospitality and craic.........and of course some limited racing A Top Event Be There Next Year....

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