Ian Hutchinson made it a TT treble when he won today’s Superstock TT race to add to the Supersport race he won this morning and the Superbike TT he took on Saturday.
And, just like this morning’s Supersport race, this afternoon’s scrap was an absolute thriller with the Padgetts Honda man having to smash the lap record to beat Ryan Farquhar on the KMR Kawasaki by 1.31s.
Farquhar took the initial advantage at Glen Helen by 024s from Michael Dunlop o nth Hunts Motorcycles Honda. Keith Amor, riding the WA Corless/Jackson Racing BMW S1000RR was third and went through the Sulby Speed trap at 189mph, 5.1mph faster than the next man, Farquhar. But come the end of the first lap, Farquhar led by 6.78s from Dunlop. Hutchinson was third, 0.56s from McAdoo Kawasaki-mounted Cummins, Amor already struggling with the wayward handling of the BMW, John McGuinness on a Padgetts Honda, Blakc Horse Finance Kawasaki-mounted Ian Lougher and Michael Rutter on the HM Plant Honda. Guy Martin was ninth, having lost two second from Cronk-y-Mona. Cameron Donald, is a dismal day for the Relentless by TAS Suzuki team was down in tenth and Bruce Anstey was 12, behind Suzuki privateer Adrian Archibald.
Farquhar smashed the lap record on his flying lap at 129.816 and led by 8.79s coming into the pits. Hutchinson had displaced Dunlop for second at the Bungalow and did 129.622. Dunlop was in tyre trouble and had to pit for fresh new rubber which dropped him from fourth to 11th.
After the pitstops though, Hutchinson had a 2.0s lead over Farquhar, with Cummins third, 10s back, and McGuinness a further 10s adrift in fourth from Amor.
Anstey, completing his terrible day, was posted as a retirement at the Creg.
By Glen Helen Farquhar was back in front but only by 1.4s but he gradually pilled o nthe pressure and at the end of the lap he was 5.54s in front from Hutchinson who in turn had nearly 13s on Cummins. McGuinness was fourth and Martin, with some inspired riding had worked his way back up to fifth from Amor – who again topped the Sulby speed with 188mph – still 4.6mph faster than Farquhar’s ZX-10.
Farquhar carried the same advantage to Glen Helen but Hutchinson was on a mission now and the lead was down to 2.04s at Ballaugh, down to 1.82 at Ramsey and by the time they had raced to the Bungalow, Hutchinson was up by 1.29 and cross the line with a stunning new lap record of 130.741mph – the first ever 130mph lap for a superstocker – to win the race by 1.3s.
Cummins finished third, with McGuinness, Martin, Amor, Lougher, Dunlop, Rutter and Archibald completing the top ten.