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Oil Spillage Causes North West 200 Cancellation

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Today's Relentless International North West 200 was cancelled after just a single race after a series of incidents brought the racing to a halt.

In wet conditions, Alastair Seeley took victory in the Supersport race that opened the day, beating Cameron Donald in a thrilling battle, but that would be the last action that the spectators would see.

The first problem came in the unusual form of a bomb threat, which later proved to be a hoax. With safety paramount, the paddock was evacuated on the advice of police which initially delayed the start of the Superbike race until 1pm.

With more heavy rain falling, it wasn't until 2pm that the race got underway, and pole sitter Michael Rutter was one of several riders that opted to withdraw for safety reasons. The riders that did brave the conditions hadn't even completed the first lap before the action was suspended again.

As the riders approached the section of the circuit where the railway line crosses over the road, smoke started to pour from the KMR Kawasaki of Ryan Farquhar, spilling oil over the already sodden track all the way to the Juniper Hill chicane.

The red flags were immediately shown and the riders returned to the grid to allow the marshals to clean the track up. At around 3:30pm, it seemed the racing would restart as the riders were sent on two exploratory laps, but it became immediately apparent when they returned that the circuit was still dangerous to race on.

With the roads due to reopen to the public later in the evening, time was quickly running out for a resumption, and a meeting soon commenced between the experienced riders and event organisers.

At around 5:15pm, North West 200 technical director Mervyn Whyte took the decision to cancel the event with the best efforts to clean the track up proving unsuccessful. The thousands of supporters who had stuck around in the miserable conditions made their way home having only seen five laps of action, but with conditions unsafe, the decision was surely the correct one.

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