Monster Energy Supersport TT 2 - 10/06/2010
Ian Hutchinson became only the second man to win four TT Races in a week when he clinched a thrilling second Monster Energy Supersport race on Thursday afternoon by just 1.45s, the fourth race in a row this week to be decided by just a handful of seconds. The Padgetts Honda rider went toe to toe with Michael Dunlop throughout the four laps and, having lost the lead for the first time at Ballaugh on the final lap, charged over the Mountain to keep the young Northern Ireland rider at bay. Dunlop had the consolation of claiming a new lap record at a stunning 127.836mph with Keith Amor claiming another third place.
With the Island bathed in beautiful sunshine and clear blue skies, conditions were perfect, save for blustery winds in places, for some high-speed excitement and that’s exactly what everyone was treated to. Hutchinson showed his intent right from the off and led through Glen Helen although, as expected, it was again close, his advantage over Guy Martin just 0.4s. Dunlop was only a further 0.75s back with John McGuinness in fifth and Ryan Farquhar in sixth. Once more, only 4.5s separated the top ten at the first timing point.
By Ramsey Hairpin, Hutchinson’s lead was still small, only 0.52s, but Dunlop had pushed Martin back to third with Bruce Anstey now up to fourth showing good form on the Relentless by TAS Suzuki. At the end of the lap, Hutchinson’s lead was up to 5.4s as he lapped at 126.652mph. Dunlop was over five seconds clear of Martin with Keith Amor, Anstey and John McGuinness rounding out the top six.
It was nip and tuck on the second lap and whilst Dunlop could significantly eat into Hutchinson’s lead all the way to Ramsey, bringing the gap down to 1.4s at the Hairpin, the man of the week could pull away over the Mountain, his short circuit prowess coming into play. Indeed, at the end of the second lap, his lead had increased slightly to 5.77s, Martin still in third and falling back from Dunlop but still pulling away from Amor. Local hero Conor Cummins had fought his way up to fifth with Anstey now in sixth but it was still close with only six seconds splitting Cummins in fifth and McGuinness in eighth.
A quicker pit stop by Dunlop saw him take time out of Hutchinson but by Glen Helen he found himself further adrift to the tune of 6.4 seconds. However, he again proved the stronger on the twists and turns to Ramsey and the lead was only 1.81s as they rounded the Hairpin for the penultimate time. Hutchinson edged away up and down the Mountain but as the riders went on to their final lap, the gap was only 3.19s and we were set for another thrilling finale. Martin was also under extreme pressure from Amor, only one second now splitting the duo, with Cummins still in fifth but McGuinness now back up to sixth.
At Glen Helen, Hutchinson still led but it was down to 1.9s and at Ballaugh, Dunlop led for the first time. He’d built on that on the run to Ramsey Hairpin and held a 1.82s lead as they headed up the Mountain but Hutchinson was back in front at the Bungalow by 0.49s! As everyone’s become accustomed to this week, it was going to be another nail biting finish and as Hutchinson flashed across the line, he had an agonising wait for Dunlop, who’d started 50 seconds behind. Hutchinson broke Amor’s three day-old lap record at 127.611mph but Dunlop went even quicker at 127.836mph. However, it wasn’t enough and he had to settle for second by 1.45s.
Amor put in another 126mph+ lap to overhaul Martin and claim his fourth TT podium whilst McGuinness edged out Cummins for fifth by the minuscule margin of 0.23s. William Dunlop had another strong ride into seventh with Anstey, Ryan Farquhar and Dan Kneen rounding out the top ten.
Hutchinson’s victory has seen him already wrap up the overall TT Championship with an unassailable 36-point lead but the race for the inaugural Privateers Championship is still very much on. It was American Jimmy Moore who was first home in today’s race in 15th overall, one place ahead of Derek Brien with Olie Linsdell in 18th and Ben Wylie in 19th. However, it’s James McBride who continues to lead overall with 60 points with Moore now in second on 54 and Brien third on 46.
Sure Sidecar Race B - 10/06/2010
Klaus Klaffenbock and Daniel Sayle took their second victory of the week in yet another nail biting finish at the 2010 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy when they won the second Sure Sidecar race on Thursday afternoon by just 1.12seconds. The duo overturned a ten-second deficit going into the final lap to overhaul long time race leaders John Holden/Andy Winkle on the final run over the Mountain while Conrad Harrison and Kerry Williams finished in third place for their first ever TT podium.
Simon Neary and Paul Knapton set off quickest and they led through Glen Helen on the opening lap, albeit by just 0.25s from Dave Molyneux and Patrick Farrance but there was disappointment for Tim Reeves and Dipash Chauhan who were reported as having stopped at the Highlander. Holden and Klaffenbock were holding on to third and fourth ahead of Harrison and Gary Bryan but there was further drama just a few moments later when fourteen time champion Molyneux retired at Crony y Voddy, less than two miles further up the road from Glen Helen.
That was of little concern to Neary though and at Ramsey, his lead was now over ten seconds having caught, and passed, Holden on the road. Klaffenbock was up to third with Harrison, Tony Elmer and Bryan now occupying the top six. However, the drama wasn’t over yet as Neary failed to make it past the Bungalow, thus handing the lead to Holden. The Leeds driver, competing this year for five-times winner Nick Crowe, had retired at Casey’s, just after the Mountain Box and Elmer was also reported to be in trouble also stopping on the Mountain before proceeding. Meanwhile, Reeves had also rejoined but got no further than Glen Helen before stopping once more, later reporting that the head gasket had blown.
At the end of the first lap, Holden led by 8.89s from Klaffenbock who was over 23 seconds clear of Harrison, Bryan, Greg Lambert with Dave Wallis completing the top six. On the second lap, Holden again lapped quicker than Klaffenbock with 113.569mph, and had extended his lead to 10.15s, the top six remaining the same apart from Roy Hanks who moved up to sixth at the expense of Wallis who retired, just as he had done in the first race.
It was on the third and final lap that Klaffenbock really flew and slowly but surely began to eat his way into Holden’s lead. It was down to 8.75 seconds at Glen Helen, less than 5 at Ramsey and less than 3 at the Bungalow. As the crews swept through Cronk ny Mona for the final lap, just a couple of miles from home, Klaffi led for the very first time by just a quarter of a second and when Holden crossed the line first, the countdown began. And, with the fastest lap of the race, 114.157mph, Klaffenbock had done it and made it a double for the week by just 1.12s.
For Holden, it was the bridesmaid position once more, his seventh TT podium in total, whilst Harrison and Williams were delighted to record their best ever TT position and first ever TT podium in third. Likewise, Bryan in fourth notched up a personal best just ahead of Greg Lambert and 19-year old local passenger Jason Slous. Hanks took sixth with Rob Handcock/Mike Aylott putting in a superb drive to finish seventh with Dave Kimberley/Robert Bell, Gordon Shand/Stuart Graham and Brian Kelly/Dickie Gale rounding out the top ten. Elmer, meanwhile, recovered from his first lap problems to claw his way back up to 11th.
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