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Saturday 20 September 2014

Hutchinson sets sights on McCallen’s record

Pacemaker Press 15/5/2010Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the final race of the day during todays North West 200 International races in Northern Ireland.Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Yorkshireman Ian Hutchinson emulated his TT hero, the late great David Jefferies, by taking a magnificent double during yesterday’s Supersport and Superstock races on the Isle of Man.

Pagetts Honda rider Hutchinson made it three wins so far at TT2010 and he now has a great chance of equalling TT legend Phillip McCallen’s four wins in a week — a record that has stood since 1996.

In the opening race of the day — the four-lap Monster Energy Supersport race one — Hutchinson was quick out of the blocks, holding a narrow margin over Wilson Craig Honda’s Guy Martin and surprise third placed rival Dan Kneen from the Isle of Man on lap one.

Last year’s Supersport race two winner Michael Dunlop was loitering just outside the podium placing’s during the opening 37.73 miles.

By the time he pitted for fuel and a visor change at the end of the second circuit, the 21-year-old Ballymoney lad had pulled himself up to third place just seven seconds adrift of Martin.

Hutchinson was a further three seconds in front at the top of the leaderboard.

One of the pre-race favourites, Keith Amor, on the ex-Jonathan Rea Ten Kate Honda, had a lucky escape after clipping the railings at Braddan Bridge with his shoulder.

The frightening experience obviously played on his mind with the Falkirk man down in seventh at the end of lap two.

Relentless Suzuki’s TT woes continued with Bruce Anstey retiring with an electrical problem and Aussie Cameron Donald, battling at the lower end of the top ten with Ryan Farquhar and John McGuinness.

Adrian Archibald was given a 30-second penalty after a pit lane speeding infringement before retiring his AMA Racing Yamaha in the closing stages, and William Dunlop finally demonstrated his Supersport racing prowess in and around the top six.

Hutchinson maintained his narrow lead, taking victory by just three seconds from Guy Martin — the Lincolnshire man was still seething with race officials after being penalised in Saturday’s Superbike TT for breaking the pit lane speed restriction.

Michael Dunlop took his second podium of TT2010 in third place and said: “I’m disappointed. On that first lap I had no grip and I’d like to apologise to my sponsors for wasting their time here today.

“I’m not here to finish third and I’ll be really going for it in the Superstock race.”

Hutchinson explained: “I really enjoyed riding the 600 but I was panicking a bit on the last lap as there were yellow flags at Ginger Hall and I didn’t want to back off with such a narrow lead, but I also wanted to respect the rules and stay safe.”

Keith Amor hauled himself up to fourth on his way to breaking the lap record with a lap speed of 126.587mph, just ahead of Manxman Dan Kneen and William Dunlop.

John McGuinness, Conor Cummins, Ryan Farquhar and Cameron Donald rounded up the top 10.

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