Racing took over the streets of Northern Ireland last week (13 May 2018 – 19 May 2018), with James Hillier onboard his Bournemouth Kawasaki machine racing in the Supersport and Superstock classes as road racing season got underway.
A wet Portstewart met riders in the Tuesday Free Practise but Hillier mastered the tricky early conditions to end the Tuesday's practise session 3rd and 4th fastest respectfully in the Supersport and Superbike classes.
Thursday’s Supersport Race 1 saw James start from P, the pace was fast with the Bournemouth based rider lapping at an average speed of 115.367mph and setting the highest top speed of all riders at 179.5mph, the race ebbed and flowed across the 6 lap race.
James Hillier fought his way from P6 on lap one, up to P2 on lap two only to be pushed back to P4 on lap 4 but fought back to cross the finish line in 2nd place only 2.447 seconds behind the leader Alastair Seeley to kick off his road racing season in style.
Racing continued on Thursday with Hillier racing in the Superstock class, which he finished in P5. Completing a successful first day on the Irish roads of the NW200.
Supersport racing continued on Saturday with the Bournemouth Kawasaki ZX10R piloted by James back in action in the Supersport race 1. Lining up on the grid James timed his launch to perfection and was immediately overtaking riders climbing towards to the front.
Taking the lead of the race on lap 2 with Alastair Seeley with Gary Johnson in hot pursuit! By lap 4 Lee Johnston had joined the party at the front of the field and bumped Hillier down to P4.
With 2 laps to go, James set to reclaiming a podium position overtaking both Lee Johnston and Gary Johnson in the final laps to take another fantastic 2nd position. Alastair Seeley, who took the lead on lap3 never looked back, taking the win by 3.5seconds.