TT 2016: Double Hutch

Ian Hutchinson on his way to claiming the Tyco race team's first win since 2008 (Photo: John Watterson)

Ian Hutchinson on his way to claiming the Tyco race team's first win since 2008 (Photo: John Watterson)

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Ian Hutchinson won his second TT in a matter of hours on Monday when he won flew to victory in the RL 360 Quantum Superstock race.

Having won the day’s earlier Supersport contest, Hutchy claimed his 13th TT win in style breaking the Superstock lap record from a standing start on his way to a comfortable 27.644-second victory over the fast-finishing Dean Harrison.

The latter pipped James Hillier to the runner-up spot by less than two seconds at the end of the four-lap race.

Michael Dunlop was Tyco BMW-mounted Hutchinson’s closest challenger over the first lap, but a broken gear lever forced him to retire alongside Bruce Anstey at the end of the opening lap.

Hutchy said after the race: ‘I love riding this bike - I can keep riding it hard and I felt strong from the start.’

That was an understatement as Hutchy went agonisingly close to joining Dunlop in the sub-17 club completing the first circuit in an astonishing time of 17 minutes 0.510 seconds (133.098mph) as he built up a lead of nearly 19 seconds over Dunlop.

With Dunlop forced to stop Hutchy could manage his lead to the finish coming home ahead of Kawasaki pair Harrison and Hillier who enjoyed a ding-dong battle to the flag.

Behind them Michael Rutter finished 28.995 seconds behind in fourth, with Gary Johnson fifth. Conor Cummins was seventh on his Padgett’s Honda, while fellow Manxman Ryan Kneen was an impressive 17th on the Charmer Builders Kawasaki.

Peter Hickman and Lee Johnston were also retirements, while James Cowton came off at the 11th milestone on the second lap. Cowton was reported to okay.

Full report in Thursday’s third issue of TT News. Issue two is out now.

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