Alastair Seeley has claimed pole position for the Superstock races at the Vauxhall International North West 200 with a searing unofficial lap record.

In bright and sunny conditions during final qualifying on Thursday, the 15-time winner lapped in 4m 24.240s to take the top spot on his Briggs BMW from Michael Rutter and Peter Hickman.

"I didn't actually know the time but I knew it was a good, clean lap and that it was there or thereabouts," said Seeley.

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"I caught a few back markers at Juniper Hill and it probably held me up a bit going into Quarry bend and across the line on my second lap.

"We've done what we think we can do and it's not the be-all and end-all to be on pole," he added.

"I prefer a clear road around here and that's what I got on my first [flying] lap so I'm happy."

Rutter, fastest on Tuesday, was 1.984 seconds behind on the Bathams SMT BMW with the top three completed by Hickman, who was 2.2 seconds behind Seeley on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki as he makes his second appearance at the event after missing out last year through injury.

Tyco BMW's Ian Hutchinson was fourth fastest ahead of Michael Dunlop on his MD Racing BMW, with last year's race winner Lee Johnston sixth quickest on the East Coast/Burdens BMW.

Bradford's Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki and James Hillier (Quattro Plant Muc-off Kawasaki) were the top eight, with William Dunlop (MSS Kawasaki) and Lincolnshire's Gary Johnson on the Penz13.com BMW rounding out the top ten.

Earlier, Dan Cooper put his SB Tuning/Cooper Racing Kawasaki on pole for the Supertwins races.

Cooper lapped at 108.114mph to take pole from last year's race one winner Ryan Farquhar on the SGS KMR Kawasaki by 1.8 seconds, with Ivan Lintin third fastest on the Devitt RC Express Kawasaki.

Tuesday's pacesetter Martin Jessopp will start from fourth on the Riders Motorcycles Kawasaki, with Peter Hickman on the second row in fifth place on the Cookstown B.E. Racing Kawasaki.

James Hillier completed the top six (Quattro Plant Muc-Off Kawasaki).

Following final qualifying, the first three races of 2016 take place on Thursday evening with the opening Supersport, Supertwins and Superstock events.