Padgetts Honda racer Ian Hutchinson has secured his place among the greats of the Isle of Man TT with three wins from three starts in 2010, and with two solo races left to go he could he equal, and even beat, the four wins in a week record set by Phillip McCallen.
Hutchy dominated the second day of racing on Monday, storming to victory in the first Supersport race and the producing a new class lap record on the final lap of the Superstock showdown to snatch victory away from Ryan Farquhar – and become the first person ever to lap the TT course at more than 130mph on a superstock.
In the four lap 600cc Supersport race, Hutchinson beat Guy Martin by just 3.03 seconds for his second TT win of the week, and fifth of his career. Michael Dunlop came through after a sluggish opening lap to take third.
Martin stole the early advantage at Glen Helen on the opening lap, leading Hutchinson by 1.7 seconds with Manxman Daniel Kneen putting in a stunning ride in third, another 1.6 seconds back. Positions were close behind with John McGuinness, William Dunlop, Ryan Farquhar, Conor Cummins and Bruce Anstey fourth to eighth and separated by just 1.6 seconds. Dunlop's poor first lap left him back in ninth.
By Ramsey, Martin had moved another tenth of a second forward, but Hutchinson was stronger over the Mountain and with an opening lap of 125.536mph led the Lincolnshire rider by just eight tenths of a second. Kneen held on to third while Dunlop hit his stride and moved up to fourth.
Martin showed his prowess on the first nine miles again to turn the deficit into a 0.33s advantage second time around. Kneen was still in third, but only 0.5s ahead of a charging Dunlop.
Just like the opening lap, Hutchinson proved to be quicker for the remainder of the circuit and took the lead back at Ramsey Hairpin by over 2 seconds. A second lap of 126.207mph gave him a 3.39s lead as they came in to refuel.
Dunlop had also lapped in excess of 126mph to seize third from Kneen with William Dunlop and McGuinness now holding on to fifth and sixth. Anstey stopped at Ballaugh where he was reported as making adjustments.
When the riders left the pits after their solitary fuel stop, Hutchinson had pulled further ahead to lead by four seconds, while Dunlop was closing in on Martin, now just six seconds adrift. Martin again charged through the high speed run to Ballacraine and the twists and turns of the Glen Helen section to lie just 0.28s behind his fellow Honda rider Hutchinson.