History, history, history were words that evoked in my mind following the Senior TT of 2010, as Ian Hutchinson made it an unprecedented five wins in a week, surpassing Phillip McCallen’s previous record of four victories during TT race week.
Hutchinson’s path to a fifth successive victory from TT 2010, wasn’t all plain sailing though. The original start of the Dainese Senior race saw the Bingley racer involved in a close battle for the race lead with John McGuinness, Conor Cummins and Guy Martin, who’s race ended with a spectacular incident at Ballagarey.
Following Martin’s incident, the race was red flagged and it was confirmed that the race re-start would take place over just four laps.
In comparison to the previous race start, Hutchinson this time was more quickly into the groove, taking a narrow race lead at the end of lap one.
Nearest pursuer at the time John McGuinness, soon encountered technical issues forcing him out of contention which left McAdoo Kawasaki’s Conor Cummins as lead challenger to Hutchinson.
Misfortune was soon on the horizon though for Cummins, who on lap two had a major spill at the Verandah.
With the main challengers out of the equation, Padgetts Hutchinson was left in full command out front, holding a 20 plus second lead over Keith Amor.
Keeping up a solid, consistent fast pace, Hutchinson did everything he had to do on the fourth and final lap, to secure his first Senior TT triumph and make it five wins in a week.
Race runner-up to history maker Hutchinson was MSS Colchester Kawasaki’s Ryan Farquhar, who moved up to second following Keith Amor’s last lap retirement.
Bruce Anstey ended a challenging TT fortnight with a third place finish whilst positions 4th, 5th and 6th were captured by Ian Lougher, Michael Rutter and future TT Privateers Champion Dan Stewart.
TT Privateers Champion in 2010 James McBride took 10th, America’s Jimmy Moore leading the East Coast Racing challenge placed a very creditable 11th and recent Rich Energy OMG Racing signing David Johnson finished lead newcomer in 16th position.
Words by Stevie Rial