Author: Phil Wain Posted: 08 Jun 2016
Ian Hutchinson has equalled the late, great Mike Hailwood’s tally of 14 wins after dominating Wednesday’s delayed second Monster Energy Supersport race. The CAME BPT/Team Traction Control Yamaha rider led from start to finish to take his third win of the week and his fourth Supersport win in a row; his eighth in total.
Taking the win by 17.5s ahead of Michael Dunlop, who overcame the disappointment of Monday’s disqualification to claim second whilst Dean Harrison was again on the podium, securing third.
“It’s astonishing to be near names like Mike Hailwood and it’s very touching,” a delighted Hutchinson said afterwards. “I’m having so much fun on the bike and I love riding it. It’s only a small team but they’ve done themselves proud again putting it all together for us. To win four in a row on the same bike and with the same team is incredible.”
“Grip levels weren’t quite the same today after Tuesday’s rain and you just couldn’t quite push as hard but it was still a lot of fun out there.”
Swirling sea mist meant the race was delayed by two hours, but Hutchinson immediately stamped his mark on the race with an opening lap of 127.451mph to be four seconds clear of Dunlop at the Grandstand. Harrison slotted into third, 7.6s behind Dunlop, ahead of Bruce Anstey, Conor Cummins and James Hillier.
Second time around, Hutchinson lapped slightly quicker at 127.736mph with a gap of 7.1s as he came into the pits, which had increased to 12s by the time they reached Glen Helen on lap three.
Harrison was still holding onto third from Anstey, Cummins and Hillier but disaster struck McGuinness, who had to retire at Braddan Church from his eighth place.
At the head of the field, there were no such problems for Hutchinson as he continued to pull away from Dunlop. As the podium places settled down, the battle for fourth was a lot closer as just six seconds separated Anstey, Hillier, Cummins and Lee Johnston.
Going into the fourth and final lap, Hutchinson’s lead had stretched to 18s at Glen Helen. Dunlop and Harrison looked secure in second and third but Hillier was on the move and by Ballaugh he had overtaken Anstey by just half a second.
Hutchinson crossed the line to claim his third win of the week and match Hailwood’s record, ahead of Dunlop and Harrison with Hillier sealing fourth from Anstey, Johnston and Cummins.