MICHAEL Dunlop recorded his third Isle of Man TT victory following a storming performance around the Mountain Course this evening.
And the Northern Irishman was delighted to see the finish line at the end of the four-lap Monster Energy Supersport 2 race following a war of attrition with Cameron Donald.
As the final event at the end of a day hampered by delays got under way at around 6.20pm, Dunlop got straight into the groove.
He was actually running second by the time the riders had gone through Glen Helen on lap one, but early leader William Dunlop - Michael’s older brother - was soon out of the frame after retiring at Kirk Michael.
Leading by 5.5 seconds at the end of lap one, Dunlop pulled out a great second lap and pit stop to begin lap three with a 10s advantage.
But Donald remained Dunlop’s main rival, with Bruce Anstey slightly further adrift, and the Australian began chipping away at the deficit, reducing the gap to just 4s by the Bungalow.
This appeared to sting Dunlop into action, however, and a tremendous last lap saw him steadily pull away from Donald, the gap growing to 10s at Glen Helen and then 13.2s by the time they reached the Grandstand for the final time.
The battle for third saw an intriguing match of tug-of-war take place between Anstey and Ryan Farquhar, with the latter man eventually edging out the New Zealander by the narrowest of margins, 0.01s - one-hundredth of a second!
John McGuinness claimed fifth place, Ian Hutchinson was sixth, James Hillier seventh, Guy Martin eighth and Dan Stewart ninth.
Read a full race report with pictures in the third edition of TT News, which will be in shops from first thing tomorrow (Thursday) morning.