Ulster: Hutchinson wins close-fought second Supersport race

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Ian Hutchinson took his third win of the day in the second Ulster Grand Prix Supersport race, beating Yamaha-rival William Dunlop with an intelligent move around the outside in the final sector of the course.

Dunlop took the lead from the start with Hutchinson and Anstey close behind, but the leading trio struggled to gap the chasing pack with Cummins, Hickman and Harrison all within a second of the leaders.


It looked as though Anstey would be the man on the move into the second half of the race as he drafted past Hutchinson down the Flying Kilo, but a relentless Hutchinson refused to let him by. 

Dunlop looked strong into the final lap, but with good drive from the hairpin, Hutchinson found himself close enough to pull a move on the Ulsterman through Quarry bends. The duo were almost on par as they came around the final corner but it was Hutchinson that would take the win by 0.101 seconds.

A super quick final lap from Peter Hickman saw him steal third from Anstey for Trooper Kawasaki. Conor Cummins finished fifth ahead of Dean Harrison and Gary Johnson, while Christian Elkin, Daniel Cooper and Paul Jordan rounded out the top ten. 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing