Ian Hutchinson notched up his 11th TT win and third of the week with another dominant showing in the second Supersport race. He has already taken victory in the first Supersport race as well as the Superstock race.
This time he finished nearly 15 seconds clear of Sunday’s Superbike winner Bruce Anstey while Guy Martin secured his first podium of the week in third. John McGuinness led them away for the start of the race and it was James Hillier who led at the Glen Helen. Hutchinson was already up to second with Anstey in third place. Hutchinson took the lead at Ramsey and by the end of the first lap he had pulled an advantage of nearly four seconds over Anstey.
As had been the case in the other races, Hutchinson’s advantage went up and down at different stages of the course and it stood at 8.5 seconds as they started the final lap. Martin – who had endured two difficult pit-stops in the first Supersport race and Superstock – had got himself ahead of Hillier into third and was maintaining his advantage.
Before the race there were rumours that Michael Dunlop had decided to return home for physiotherapy on his injuries sustained on Sunday. He lined up for the start, however, and revealed that he would probably be flying home that evening or the next morning but intended to return for the Senior. It all proved to be too much for him, however, as he pulled into the pits after just one lap. Dean Harrison was another early retirement, pulling off at Ballaugh. It has been a disappointing week for the Mar-Train rider, having also retired in the first Supersport race.
Eventually Hutchinson took the win – putting him equal on TT victories with Philip McCallen, Steve Hislop and Michael Dunlop – with Anstey second and Martin in third. Hillier finished in fourth place with Gary Johnson and Lee Johnston fifth and sixth. Conor Cummins crossed the line to claim seventh, although it was a narrow advantage of just a couple of hundredths of a second over team-mate McGuinness. Dan Kneen and David Johnson rounded out the top ten.
Just outside of the top ten was Peter Hickman – putting in another impressive performance on just his second visit to the Isle of Man TT. Ivan Lintin narrowly took twelfth ahead of popular Aussie rider Cameron Donald. Jamie Hamilton secured another top 15 finish with fourteenth place ahead of Daniel Cooper and James Cowton. Also in the top twenty were Dan Stewart, Michael Rutter, newcomer Derek McGee and Michal Dokoupil.
The final day of racing on Friday will see the Lightweights go out and the Senior TT race.