MOTORRACING: Bardney ace Lintin shows his potential

Ivan Lintin (Mckinstry Racing) in action during a practice session for the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush.
Ivan Lintin (Mckinstry Racing) in action during a practice session for the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush.
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Bardney’s Ivan Lintin enhanced his reputation as a first class International road racer with some superb performances at the North West 200 road races on both the McKinstry Racing Kawasaki and Taylor Lindsey Honda machines.

Lintin started the two days of racing in Northern Ireland in fine style with a superb ride in the first four-lap Supertwin race.

Riding the 650cc Kawasaki, he took the lead on the opening lap and, having opened up a four second lead at half race distance, he looked well set to replicate his win at last year’s Ulster Grand Prix.

However, the similarly-mounted Lee Johnston had other ideas and he gradually reeled Lintin in over the final two laps to edge him out by 0.525s.

After celebrating his second place on the podium, Lintin jumped on board the 1000cc Honda for the six-lap Superstock race and, aided by a near 117mph lap, he took a solid 18th place.

Lintin then proved his credentials again with a brilliant 11th place in another Superstock race a couple of days later, just three seconds adrift of eighth place.

He used the same machine for the two Superbike races and was duly rewarded with strong 14th and 16th place finishes.

There was also another race for the Supertwins, but his decision to fit a dry rear tyre and wet front proved to be the wrong one as riders with full wet tyres were better equipped to deal with the conditions.

Nevertheless, Lintin still brought the bike home for a good sixth place.

He said: “It’s been a good meeting all round for me and I’m particularly pleased with how the 1000cc Honda went.

“It was my first time here on a big bike and I was quite open minded about how I’d get on but apart from a few small suspension issues that other riders told me were a trait of the NW200 course, the bike never missed a beat.

“I was lapping only a couple of seconds slower than the likes of Bruce Anstey and Guy Martin and I’ve got the bike really dialled in so it will be good to go to the TT and know what the bike’s going to do and not be in at the deep end.”