Ulster GP: 'Dream day' for Hutchinson at Dundrod
It was an almost-perfect day for Ian Hutchinson at this year’s Ulster Grand Prix as he stormed to victory in four of Saturday’s five main races.
The Bingley Bullet won the Superstock race and both Superbike outings for the Tyco BMW team and also took a Supersport win for the CAME bpt Yamaha squad. It could have been a full house too, had the opening Supersport encounter not been halted early by a red flag.
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While rivals Bruce Anstey and Michael Dunlop pushed him hard throughout the day, Hutchinson was simply unstoppable with some incredible last lap riding. As Anstey pushed on towards the end of the final race, Hutchinson responded to set the fastest ever lap of the Dundrod circuit with an average speed of 133.089mph.
The day also saw him take his first Superbike victories of the year for Tyco BMW, having been beaten by Michael Dunlop at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT.
“It’s been an amazing day,” he said after the final race. “It would have been nice to win all five but I can’t be too greedy! Four races in a day, double Superbike win, Supersport, Superstock – a win in every class. It’s been a dream day.
“I was thinking after the first race that I can’t believe we’re still not as fast as we were in 2010 but now we are! I came on to the line with +0.3 so I got my head down and did everything right! The lap felt really good considering it was the last lap, the Metzeler tyres held up really well. The team have put so much effort in with the bike and I’ve never been as happy with it as I was here today, it was phenomenal.”