After two crashes on Thursday, Jeremy McWilliams more than made amends in Saturday’s Supertwin race at the North West 200 when he took his KMR Kawasaki to a 1.3s victory over Christian Elkin.
There was drama at the beginning of the race when Thursday’s victor Stefano Bonetti high-sided out of the action at York Corner and although it was Michael Rutter who led initially on the Bathams/KMR Kawasaki, he was soon overhauled by Elkin and McWilliams.
From that moment the duo went head to head, particularly on the second lap where they exchanged positions on a number of occasions. Rutter was continuing to keep a watching brief in third although he dropped back slightly in the second half of the race.
Lap three saw McWilliams regain the lead on the run towards University and he led Elkin by just over half a second going into the fourth and final lap. However, the former 250cc Grand Prix winner was able to extend his lead throughout the lap and he took his third NW200 victory in jubilant fashion.
Former 125cc British Elkin took a good second on the Dynocentre NI Kawasaki with Rutter eventually taking third some 25 seconds further back.
Matthew Rees took fourth on another KMR Kawasaki with Joseph Loughlin, Francesco Curinga, Marty Lennon, Michael Rees, Paul Williams and Bruce Birnie completing the top ten.