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TT 2015: Hutchy doubles up with Superstock triumph

Ian Hutchinson clinches his second victory of the 2015 Isle of Man TT and his 10th on the Mountain Course to deny Michael Dunlop in the RL360 Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson followed up his Supersport triumph with a blistering victory in the RL360 Superstock race at the Isle of Man TT on Tuesday.

Hutchinson put the PBM Kawasaki on the top step to seal a double at the 2015 meeting and his tenth success on the Mountain Course.

The revitalised Yorkshireman had to dig deep to catch last year's winner Michael Dunlop, who led on the opening two laps on his MD Racing BMW.

It was the PBM team's first TT victory since Joey Dunlop won the Formula One race in 2000.

Dunlop, who was feeling the effects of his crash in the RST Superbike race on Sunday, had no answer as Hutchinson extended his advantage after gaining four seconds during the pit stop, pulling away on the ZX-10R to win by a commanding margin of 17.1 seconds by the finish.

Northern Ireland's Lee Johnston claimed his best TT result with a fine third on the ECC/Burdens BMW, narrowly edging out Quattro Plant Kawasaki's James Hillier on the fourth and final lap to take the final place on the podium by 0.270 seconds.

Behind Hillier, Peter Hickman (Briggs Equipment BMW) and Aussie David Johnson (Smiths BMW) completed the top six.

Guy Martin, who had been fourth on the Tyco BMW until he lost around 35 seconds during a troubled pit stop, eventually finished in seventh place ahead of John McGuinness on the EMC Honda.

Gary Johnson was a retirement on the GBmoto Kawasaki at Parliament Square on the second lap.

Dunlop set the fastest lap of the race with an incredible speed of 130.932mph from a standing start, which was only 2.2 seconds outside his 2013 lap record of 131mph.

The 11-times TT winner led by 1.6 seconds at the end of the opening lap from Hutchinson, with Martin 3.3 seconds further behind in third ahead of Hillier.

Hutchinson began to eat into Dunlop's lead on lap two and by Ramsey the gap was down to half a second, although by the time they reached Cronk-ny-mona the BMW rider had extended his lead to 1.6 seconds prior to the pit stop.

Hutchinson gained four seconds in the pits and at Glen Helen the 35-year-old led for the first time by three seconds and it proved a turning point in the race.

The English star had firmly settled into his rhythm and began to stretch away at the front, holding a comfortable cushion of 9.6 seconds at Glen Helen on the fourth and final lap.

Dunlop was unable to respond and began to lose time to Hillier on the final lap, who had started the race ten seconds ahead of the Ulsterman.

However, he held on for the runner-up spot behind Hutchy, with Hillier nudged back to fourth by the late-charging Johnston, who clocked his fastest ever TT lap of 130.851mph to grab a coveted rostrum finish.

Related Pictures

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Ian Hutchinson on the PBM Superstock Kawasaki
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during the Classic Superbike race at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey won the Lightweight race at the Classic TT on the Padgetts Honda RS250.
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during practice for the Classic TT.
Ian Lougher, Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston in the winners` enclosure following the 2015 500cc Classic TT
Tyco BMW`s Ian Hutchinson
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT.
Ian Hutchinson leads Michael Dunlop in the Superbike class at the Ulster Grand Prix.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his four wins at the Ulster Grand Prix.
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop, runner-up Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness
Sidecar crew Ian and Carl Bell

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