BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Belfast, Northern Ireland, 17/08/2016, BMW Road Race Challenge
This weekend, he became the “World’s Fastest Road Racer”: Tyco BMW rider Ian Hutchinson claimed three wins on his BMW S 1000 RR at the Ulster Grand Prix in Northern Ireland, setting a new world record in the process. “Hutchy” and his RR – the perfect combination at the Dundrod Circuit.
Even before the race began, it was clear that the racers, especially the BMW riders, would be chasing records at this year’s Ulster Grand Prix. Dundrod Circuit near Belfast is nearly 12 kilometres in length (7.401 miles) and has hosted the Ulster Grand Prix since 1953. Thanks to its layout with many long straights, it is one of the fastest road racing tracks around. The previous lap record had been set six years ago: in 2010, Bruce Anstey took advantage of near-perfect weather conditions to record an average speed of 133.977 mph (215.615 km/h).
Now, a BMW S 1000 RR rider has set a new best time, which is also a world record: Tyco BMW rider Hutchinson broke the sound barrier at 134 mph, racing around the circuit at an average speed of 134.089 mph (215.795 km/h) on his RR in the second Superbike race of the 2016 Ulster Grand Prix. This was the culmination of a successful Ulster Grand Prix week for “Hutchy”, who claimed a total of three wins on his RR.
Hutchinson’s race week began with the Dundrod 150 superbike race on Thursday evening. Hutchinson made a cautious start in difficult weather conditions, finishing in fourth place.
However, there was no stopping “Hutchy” on Saturday, the main race day for the Ulster Grand Prix. He claimed his first win of the day in the Superstock race and recorded the fastest lap time. Hutchinson extended his sequence of Superstock wins in international road racing, adding to his wins in this category at the North West 100 and the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. He also topped the podium after the first of the two Superbike races. The second Superbike race then provided the highlight of the day, as he claimed the third win on the RR and set the new world record.
“It’s nice to come here and repay the faith the team has shown in me this season,” Hutchinson said. “It’s certainly satisfying to remain unbeaten in the international Superstock class this year, which shows the quality and strength of the BMW S 1000 RR package, but I really wanted a Superbike win. The conditions were far from perfect in that second Superbike race – certainly not as good as they were back in 2010 when the record was originally set – but the Tyco BMW is an amazing bike. I saw the green lights on my dash, so I knew I was on a personal best lap, and knew we wouldn’t be far away.”
“The world’s fastest road racer title is great for me and for Tyco BMW and, of course, BMW Motorrad and the BMW S 1000 RR,” Hutchinson added. “I’ve been in Germany twice this year at BMW Motorrad events and also working on some promotional activity for the RR, but you wouldn’t need a script to tell anyone how good this bike and this package is. It’s a team effort and I can’t wait to get back to the British championship now with the Tyco BMW guys and do our best to try and win that British Superstock title.”
The next race weekend in the BSB is scheduled for 26th to 28th August. Hutchinson is currently second in the overall standings, behind his BMW brand team-mate Taylor Mackenzie (Buildbase BMW Motorrad).