Ian Hutchinson made it three wins from three starts, taking yesterday’s thrilling Superstock TT race victory by a mere 1.31 seconds — breaking local man Ryan Farquhar’s heart in the process — after the Dungannon man had lead for 145 of the 151-mile, four-lap encounter.
Farquhar, to his credit, was right on the money from the drop of the flag, posting a 129.648mph standing start lap, giving him a seven second advantage over fellow countryman Michael Dunlop, who in turn was locked in battle with Ian Hutchinson, just 0.5 seconds separating the pair.
McAdoo Racing’s Conor Cummins and Keith Amor were also in the podium mix in fourth and fifth with 2008 winner Cameron Donald disappointingly down in 10th and team-mate Bruce Anstey well out of contention in 13th. The Kiwi would go on to retire at Creg ny Baa on lap two.
Dunlop has been impressing all and sundry at TT2010, but the Ballymoney lad’s chance of victory came crashing in round him after a lengthy pit stop at the end of lap two, dropping him down the leaderboard to 11th place.
Farquhar battled bravely, but Hutchinson’s superior scratching skills paid dividends over the fast and open decent into Douglas, crossing the line for his sixth career TT victory and a magical 130.741mph lap. The Padgetts rider also took the race record during his four-lap victory, trimming 16 seconds off the previous best time.
Farquhar said: “I’m happy with that. I always said I’d like a big bike win but I rode at 110% in that race and it was as good as a win. Take nothing away from Hutchy, he’s on top of his game at the minute, but I’m over the moon with this result and would like to thank, Nick Morgan, Kawasaki and all my sponsors.”
Conor Cummins gave Northern Ireland based McAdoo Kawasaki third place with John McGuinness, Guy Martin and Keith Amor filling the top six. Michael Dunlop worked his way back up the final standings to eventually finish eighth, with Michael Rutter and Cameron Donald at the lower end of the top ten. Adrian Archibald was the first Suzuki home, just ahead of the man who replaced him at TAS Racing, Cameron Donald.