Seven years ago today spectators around the fabled, mythical Mountain Course were treated to one of the best Supersport TT encounters in history.
The penultimate day of racing at TT 2013 saw Michael Dunlop and Bruce Anstey involved in a nip and tuck battle for Monster Energy Supersport Race 2 honours.
Four seconds down on long term race leader Anstey going into the fourth and final lap, future three times Senior TT winner Dunlop went onto set a quite incredible new Supersport lap record of 128.667 mph (check out the on-board footage of this lap to witness how hard he was trying!), which proved just enough to make it four wins from four starts at TT 2013.
Race runner-up Anstey only 2.313 seconds off clinching another middleweight class victory, like fellow CBR 600RR Honda mounted racer Dunlop also surpassed the existing lap record, lapping at 127.889 mph.
Anstey’s Padgetts team mate John McGuinness runner-up in the prior SES TT Zero race rounded out the podium finishers whilst positions 4th, 5th and 6th were respectively secured by the much missed William Dunlop, Cameron Donald and number 1 plate holder James Hillier.
Future Senior TT Champion Dean Harrison led the Yamaha charge in 7th whilst Gary Johnson took the high profile, great sounding Valmoto MV Agusta to a creditable ninth place finish.
Birchall’s first TT Triumph:
Wednesday afternoon’s race action at TT 2013 concluded with the Birchall brothers Ben & Tom claiming their first of to date ten Sidecar TT victories.
Competing for Klaus Klaffenbock’s Manx Gas backed Klaffi Racing team, the Birchall’s gave TT fans worldwide a glimpse of what was to come in future years with a commanding 17 seconds plus victory over three wheeling legend Dave Molyneux/Patrick Farrance.
Conrad Harrison/Mike Aylott finalised the top three finishers, John Holden/Andy Winkle placed fourth whilst others to enjoy productive race stints included:
Gary Bryan/Jamie Winn (5th), Gary Knight/Dan Knight (6th), Wayne Lockey/Luke Capewell (8th), Mick Donovan/Aaron Galligan (10th), John Saunders/Shaun Parker (11th) and TT debutants Tom Quaye/Thomas Quaye (17th).
Words by Stevie Rial