Ian Hutchinson made it four wins in a day with an emphatic victory in the second Ulster Grand Prix Superbike race, again holding off a hard-charging Bruce Anstey and Michael Dunlop.
Hutchinson took the early lead but a mistake on the second lap allowed Anstey and Dunlop to draft past the Tyco BMW. Determined not to let them go, Hutchinson latched on to the back of the leading duo as the race became a three-way fight.
At the end of the third lap, Anstey led Hutchinson by 0.050 seconds, with the Tyco BMW man making his move on the super-quick RCV into Deer’s Leap. Anstey kept Hutchy in his sights but a rapid lap from the Bingley Bullet secured him both the win and Dundrod circuit outright lap record with an average speed of 134.089mph.
Conor Cummins took a strong fourth place, ahead of Silicone Engineering Kawasaki’s Dean Harrison with Dan Kneen rounding out the top six.
Peter Hickman finished seventh, racing on his ZX-10R Superstocker after the Superbike blew an engine in the opening race, with Gary Johnson, Steve Mercer and Derek Sheils rounding out the top ten.
Hutchinson’s four-in-a-day earned him the honour of ‘Man of the Meeting’ and rounded off a strong year with the Tyco BMW team as well as finally clinching that elusive 2016 Superbike win.
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