Friday evening proved to be the fastest qualifying session ever witnessed around the Mountain Course as Ian Hutchinson lapped inside John McGuinness’s outright lap record on his Superstock machine.
Hutchinson was at record-breaking speeds from the off and, using his Tyco BMW Superstock, he lapped at 131.632mph from a standing start, which was comfortably inside the class lap record and quicker than Michael Dunlop’s lap the night before. However, his second lap was simply sensational as he lapped at 132.803mph, 0.786s quicker than McGuinness’s time set in last year’s PokerStars Senior TT race.
And despite it being the night before the first race, it was also a record-breaking evening for Michael Dunlop as he too was inside the outright lap record lapping at 132.754mph on his Hawk Racing BMW Superbike. He then jumped on his Superstock bike to post a speed of 131.632mph.
Jochem van den Hoek was again the fastest newcomer, improving his speed to an impressive 121.06mph, but Seamus Elliott and Alessandro Polita were also going well at 118.75 and 117.95 respectively. Michael Booth also improved considerably, with his best lap being 116.65mph.
The scene is set for a thrilling RST Superbike Race, the first race of the festival which is scheduled to get underway at 11am (GMT).
John Holden and Andy Winkle reasserted themselves at the top of the sidecar leaderboard as they recorded the fastest lap of the week at 115.349mph.
Douglas Chandler/Julie Canipa were reported to have had an accident at Sarah’s but were confirmed to be uninjured while Stephane Hubert, passenger to Dan Knight, sustained lower leg fractures in an accident at Barregarrow and was taken by airmed to Noble’s Hospital for treatment.
Sure Sidecar Race 1, the second race of the TT, is scheduled to get under way at 2pm (GMT).