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Hutchinson flies to four wins and new lap record at Ulster Grand Prix

Ian Hutchinson was the man to beat at the 2016 Ulster Grand Prix. Photo: Pacemaker

Yorkshireman Ian Hutchinson has enjoyed a successful day at the Ulster Grand Prix at Dundrod, taking four wins and setting a new lap record.

In Saturday’s opening Superstock race, Hutchy topped the podium ahead of Ballymoney’s Michael Dunlop and Manx rider Dan Kneen.

Michael Dunlop, Ian Hutchinson and Dan Kneen on the podium. Credit: Pacemaker

He then had to settle for second place in the first of the Supersport races, with ‘Flying Kiwi’ Bruce Anstey setting the pace and Manxman Connor Cummins finishing third.

Bruce Anstey celebrates an Ulster Grand Prix victory. Credit: Pacemaker

But it was Hutchy who won the second Supersport event over William Dunlop and Peter Hickman.

William Dunlop, Ian Hutchinson and Peter Hickman on the podium. Credit: Pacemaker

And the 37-year-old was in top form in the Superbike races, twice taking the chequered flag ahead of Anstey and Michael Dunlop.

Ian Hutchinson leading the field in Saturday's final Superbike race. Credit: Pacemaker

Hutchy also set the new lap record at just over 134mph in his final lap.

“We’ve worked really hard with the time we’ve had and my bikes have been phenomenal today,” he said, speaking after the final race of the day.

“When I was leading at the start, I made a mistake - but as soon as I started the last lap, I just dug deep and tried to pull a gap.”

It’s brilliant to get four here - I’ve done three in a day before, but this is pretty amazing.

– Ian Hutchinson
Hutchy hit over 134mph in the final lap of the second Superbike race to end his Ulster Grand Prix on a high. Credit: Pacemaker

It proved to be a day of records with American Patricia Fernandez becoming the fastest ever female racer at Dundrod with her 118.264 lap.

And Englishman Peter Hickman clocked 199.8mph in the speed trap - the fastest ever.