Bruce Anstey put
behind him the disappointment of yesterday’s Superbike race retirement
to claim Tuesday’s 4-lap PokerStars Superstock race in record-breaking
fashion. The flying Kiwi shattered the lap record from a standing start
and went quicker still on the second lap to take command of the race,
eventually running out the winner by 40 seconds. HM Plant Honda riders
John McGuinness and Ian Hutchinson occupied the second and third steps
on the podium.
Anstey made his intentions clear from the start and had soon overhauled
the much fancied MV Agusta of Martin Finnegan to open up a five second
lead over nearest rival McGuinness. He continued to extend his advantage
throughout the lap and no wonder – he completed the first lap at an
unbelievable speed of 128.297mph. This gave him a nine second lead over
Monday’s race winner McGuinness with Hutchinson just edging out Guy
Martin for third.
With the Island bathed in glorious weather, Anstey and his Relentless
Suzuki continued to press home their advantage and he hoisted the lap
record to even new heights on the second lap, a lap of 128.400mph seeing
his lead grow to a now commanding 23 seconds. McGuinness was still in
second with Martin edging ahead of Hutchinson by the time they reached
the Bungalow. However, it was to no avail as the Hydrex Honda ran out of
petrol at Creg ny Baa whilst sixth placed Ryan Farquhar suffered the
same misfortune at Bedstead.
Adrian Archibald was a first lap retirement so behind Finnegan, Mark
Parrett, James McBride and Conor Cummins were having a tremendous dice
for fifth with the excellent newcomer Gary Johnson up to eleventh.
At the front of the pack though it was that man Anstey who was powering
ahead and he added to his lead between each and every checkpoint, also
leading the race on the road. He took the chequered flag at the end of
the four laps 40 seconds clear for his third successive Superstock TT
victory and sixth TT win in total. For once, McGuinness was powerless to
respond but he was still able to take an excellent second place, the
23rd podium of his now legendary TT career.
Hutchinson was equally comfortable in
third, repeating Monday’s result with a disappointed Finnegan doing
likewise in fourth. The battle for fifth went right to the very last lap
but it was young Cummins who prevailed with Parrett and McBride taking
superb sixth and seventh place finishes, the latter named chalking up
his best ever TT result. Ian Pattinson was another rider to record a
personal best as he came home eighth with Gary Carswell and Ian
Armstrong completing the top ten. Carswell’s last lap of 124.621mph was
the fastest ever recorded by a Manxman.
Johnson was the best of the newcomers in 12th with Steve Plater claiming
the last of the silver replicas in 15th. Keith Amor finished in 18th.
Shaun Harris was taken to hospital after an accident at Union Mills. He
was later reported as critical.
After one lap of practice for both solos and sidecars, the Lap of Honour
with some of the TT’s most illustrious names taking part completed the
day. Jim Redman, Luigi Taveri, Tony Rutter, Mick Grant, Chas Mortimer,
Johnny Rea, Kel Carruthers, Dennis Ireland, Stuart Graham, Tommy Robb,
Trevor Nation, Dick Greasley and Nigel Rollason were just some of the
star competitors taking part as the Centenary event’s celebrations
There’s no respite for the riders with the 4-lap PokerStars Supersport
race getting underway at 10.45am. The second Bavaria Sidecar race
follows at 1.00pm.