Record-breaking Hutchinson takes Superstock win


Superstock

Ian Hutchinson smashed the lap and race records in this afternoon’s Superstock race to take his second victory of the day at the Isle of Man TT.

The Tyco BMW rider ended the race 27 seconds ahead of Dean Harrison to take his 13th career victory at the road racing event. James Hillier finished the race in third, just one second behind Harrison.

Just like he did in the Supersport race earlier in the day, Hutchinson got off to a flying start and posted an impressive opening lap of 133.098mph – faster then he went in Saturday’s Superbike race.

Hutchinson had a 15.9 second lead over Micheal Dunlop when the Ulsterman began having some trouble with his bike. Dunlop was soon forced into the pits with a broken gear lever.

Hutchinson was by now leading on the road and with Dunlop out his advantage over Hillier shot up to 24 seconds at Glen Helen and he continued to increase his lead throughout the lap.

The Bingley Bullet’s second lap of 132.93mph led to him increasing his lead to 32.7 seconds. Hillier also had a comfortable lead of six seconds over Harrison.

Lee Johnston was now fourth ahead of Michael Rutter and Gary Johnson, as Bruce Anstey and Peter Hickman were forced to retire.

Meanwhile, 12th placed Ivan Lintin picked up a pit-lane speeding penalty dropping him down the order.

With a commanding lead, Hutchinson could control the race from the front and that’s exactly what he did over the next two laps with his final lap being over 129mph.

The battle for second and third was raging between Hillier and Harrison with just over a second dividing them on the third lap while there was also a four-way battle going on for fourth between John McGuinness – who again gained time at the pit stop – Johnston, Johnson and Rutter.

Harrison had now overtaken Rutter on the road and the pair of them both lapped at over 131mph on their final laps which enabled Dean to take second and Rutter fourth. Rutter got the better of Johnson for fourth by 3.2s and with Johnston retiring at Sulby Crossroads, McGuinness took sixth.

The top 10 was rounded out by Conor Cummins, William Dunlop, Steve Mercer and David Johnson.

With his second win of the day, Hutchinson moves to the top of the race for the Joey Dunlop Championship with 70 points. With Dunlop retiring, Harrison moves up to second on 47 points with Dunlop remaining on 45 in third.