Ian Hutchinson’s phenomenal run at the 2015 Isle of Man TT continued with victory in the second Monster Energy Supersport race, his third of the week. The ‘Bingley Bullet’ was in a class of his own, winning by fifteen seconds in the end, with Bruce Anstey remaining the leading challenger with another second place.
Although he was beaten to Glen Helen on the opening lap by James Hillier, Hutchinson had seized control by Ramsey and was never headed from there. With 95 points to his name, Ian now has a 23 point lead in the TT Championship heading into Friday’s final two races and he admitted the success is way beyond his wildest expectations given his build-up to the TT.
“I did my usual of keeping in contention at the begging and not do anything stupid. I had +7 on my board earlier than I did in Monday’s race and it was going pretty good, although I was a little bit concerned as I had a brand new engine, but the bike felt great. I knew I couldn’t relax too much and I pushed on for the last lap and this just feels fantastic. It is an amazing feeling to do the double, especially as it all came together at the last minute.”
For team owner Keith Flint, a double TT victory was a special success but he was keen to heap the praise on his winning rider after a turbulent five years.
“What a man – that was the longest 17 minutes of my life and I am absolutely speechless! Hats off to Hutchy, this is no fairytale it is down to sheer determination and grit that has got him here and I am so proud of him, the boys, the whole team to make this happen. It means so much to me.”
Anstey was a comfortable second while Guy Martin got the better of Hillier for third, earning him his first TT podium of the week. Gary Johnson was fifth ahead of Lee Johnston while Conor Cummins beat John McGuinness to seventh by four hundredths of a second.