Alastair Seeley boosted his record of North West 200 victories to 21 with a hat-trick on Saturday.

Seeley won his 18th race at the famous event in Thursday's Superstock race on the Tyco BMW and clinched a magnificent treble on Saturday, adding another Superstock victory and claiming wins in the opening Superbike race at the second Supersport event, riding the Gearlink Kawasaki.

He won the Supersport race by four seconds from William and Michael Dunlop in the damp and then triumphed in the first Superbike race, which was held over a reduced distance of four laps in the wet. Seeley was dominant on the BMW as he came home 21 seconds clear of Michael Rutter (Bathams BMW) and Lee Johnston in third, who was riding the Jackson Racing Honda.

The Northern Ireland rider completed his hat-trick on Saturday in the second Superstock race, which was stopped on lap five when it began to rain once more.

Seeley was declared the winner with results taken from the end of lap four, giving him his 21st success by 0.2 seconds from team-mate Ian Hutchinson, with Michael Rutter completing an all-BMW rostrum in third ahead of Peter Hickman (Smiths BMW).

"I can't be disappointed with that can I. To come to the North West 200 and take one win is a big achievement, but to come away with four - three on Tyco BMW machinery is something you can only dream of," Seeley said.

"The conditions were far from perfect today, but credit to the boys in the TAS team, they gave me bikes that worked for all conditions; I can't thank them enough and also to Hector and Philip Neill, for yet again giving me an opportunity to ride their bikes.

"I just love the NW200 circuit and on this performance I think the circuit seems to love me. It's been another memorable day and I feel proud to have given Tyco, BMW and all the other team sponsors, three wins and a few other podiums to celebrate alongside Hutchy."

Seeley was denied his fifth win at the 2017 meeting in the showpiece Superbike race, which was won by British Superbike star Glenn Irwin on the PBM Ducati as he made his 1000cc debut at the event.



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