Yorkshireman Ian Hutchinson joined an exclusive club after taking two wins in a day at the Isle Man TT yesterday.
The Padgetts rider took a hard fought victory in last night’s Royal London 360 Superstock race, complimenting his earlier success in the opening Relentless sponsored Supersport race at the TT Festival. It was the best race of TT 2009 so far in cool but dry conditions, with Guy Martin and Keith Amor making it another Honda 1– 2 – 3 at the finish.
Hutchinson started off the four-lap race fighting a torrid battle with fellow Honda Racing team-mates Guy Martin, Keith Amor and John McGuinness, with less than three seconds covering them all at the end of lap one.
John McGuinness, also Padgetts Honda mounted in the ’stock class, was the surprise leader at the end of lap one less, than a second in front of Hutchinson, and with his usual ‘up and at ’em’ style, McGuinness also set a new class lap record from a standing start of 17 minutes, 36.72 seconds; a phenomenal lap of 128.538mph.
The opening lap was only a soundbite of what was to come, with Guy Martin taking the lead at Glen Helen on lap two, with less than half a second covering the Hydrex man and his pursuing Honda rivals.
Bruce Anstey and his Relentless Suzuki team had another disastrous race, when the Kiwi handed his machine over to the pit crew at the end of the opening lap, citing handling problems as the cause of his exit.
By the time Hutchinson reached Ramsey Hairpin on lap two he had taken over at the head of affairs from Martin by less than a second, with the Lincolnshire rider opening up a gap of five seconds over Keith Amor and John McGuiness who couldn’t be separated; Steve Plater and Conor Cummins were fifth and sixth just nine seconds down on McGuinness.
Martin did his best to hold off Hutchinson, but the Padgetts Honda rider pushed the lap record out to unbelievable 129.74mph on the final circuit to take TT win number three of his career.
Hutchinson said: “I just can’t believe we are doing those times on Superstock machines. I was racing on the road with Keith Amor but I was paranoid he could hold me up. I’m just so pleased. At first when I went seven seconds down I thought it might be Bruce and wondered could I pull it back, but I’m just delighted to take my third TT win. The bike’s that good I might ride it in the Senior on Friday!”