Ivan Lintin became a two time winner at the North West 200 this year with two victories in the Supertwins class.
Thursday night’s race was red flagged following an accident involving race leaders Dan Cooper and Ryan Farquhar. The leaders had completed three laps and the result was declared meaning Lintin was the winner. Joining him on the podium were James Hillier and Jeremy McWilliams with Martin Jessopp fourth and the last rider to cross the line.
Newcomer Malachi Mitchell-Thomas was classified in fifth place ahead of Michael Sweeney, James Cowton and Christian Elkin. Paul Jordan and Danny Webb completed the top ten. Farquhar has since left intensive care and is said to be in a stable condition. Cooper returned to the paddock on Friday.
With Cooper and Farquhar missing from the grid on Saturday Lintin started from pole position and he pulled away at the front. All the action happened behind him with Mitchell-Thomas and Martin Jessopp battling for second place. Mitchell-Thomas pulled off an impressive move on Jessopp at the end of the second lap to move into second place.
The race was again red flagged and Lintin took the win with Jessopp the only other rider to cross the line to finish the third lap. McWilliams completed the podium positions.
Mitchell-Thomas came off at Dhu Varren and sadly succumbed to his injuries at the road side. He was a true star of road racing – demonstrated by his fourth place in the earlier Supersport race as well as his fight for the Supertwin podium. I continue to think about Malachi, his family, his friends, and all in the John Burrows team.