MOTOR RACING: Strong finishes for Market Rasen racer at North West 200

Phil Crowe EMN-140522-125541001
Phil Crowe EMN-140522-125541001

Market Rasen racer Phil Crowe secured four strong finishes at the annual North West 200 races in Northern Ireland last week.

After the disappointment of mechanical problems on his debut in 2013 Crowe was delighted with his results this time around.

The first Superstock race on Thursday didn’t quite go to plan for the Lincolnshire rider as, while sitting in a comfortable 20th place and looking to make further progress, he was pushed wide by another competitor who misjudged his braking.

Phil had nowhere to go and was forced to run off the track losing a lot of time to rejoin down in 31st position.

He made a concerted effort to get back in the hunt and made up the time to finish in 28th place although he was very close to finishing the race two places further up the field.

Next up was the Superbike race and Phil rode well to take the chequered flag in a fine 12th place.

He went on to complete the shortened second Superstock event on Saturday in 18th position and rounded off his weekend by taking 19th in the Blue Ribbon North West 200 Superbike race.

Phil said: “I felt comfy on the bike and everything worked well.

“I have progressed from last year when I had to retire from all my races with mechanical problems and have increased my speed by over 5mph.

“I would like to thank Handtrans Haulage of Immingham for their continued support this year and of course all my other sponsor as without their help I would not be able to further my racing career.”