Metzeler rider Ian Hutchinson continued his stunning form in the 2016 Road Racing season last week, picking up four wins and setting a new lap record at the World’s Fastest Road Race, the Ulster Grand Prix. Fellow Metzeler riders Dan Kneen and William Dunlop also enjoyed podium finishes in the Superstock and Supersport classes, respectively.
The popular Northern Ireland event again saw thousands of fans pack the hedgerows around the seven-mile roads circuit to enjoy a day full of action-packed racing. Kicking things off was the Superstock race and Tyco BMW star Ian Hutchinson leapt off the line from his fourth row starting position, crossing the start line at the end of the opening lap in the lead. Battling throughout the six-lap race, Hutchinson made his move back into the lead on the final lap, crossing the line ahead of Michael Dunlop with fellow Metzeler rider Dan Kneen in third. Both Hutchinson and Kneen were using the road-legal RACETECTM RR treaded tire.
The first Supersport race again saw “Hutchy” enjoy a fantastic start, running in second over the opening three laps. Closing dramatically on lap four, it looked set for another battle for the lead over the final laps however a red flag at the start of lap five saw the result declared, with Hutchinson and his Team Traction Control Yamaha squad securing second place.
The opening seven-lap Superbike outing proved an enthralling affair, with Hutchinson, Anstey and Dunlop battling for the lead throughout the race. Hutchinson held second for the opening half of the race, with the trio trading places regularly over the final few laps. Able to pull a gap over the final lap, the Tyco BMW star crossed the line first to claim the victory by 0.2 second.
Saving it until the final run to the flag in the second Supersport race, Hutchinson ensured it was a grandstand finish, claiming victory on his TTC Yamaha by just over 0.1 second ahead of William Dunlop, making it a Metzeler 1-2.
Rounding out the day in style, Ian Hutchinson and Tyco BMW doubled up on Superbike victories, setting a new Ulster Grand Prix lap record on the final circulation in the process. Hutchy’s lap of 3:18.704 was set on the Metzeler RACETECTMRR slicks and with an average speed of 134.089 mph (214 kph) makes Hutchy the fastest Road Racer in the world!