In a spectacular display of fierce motorsports rivalry, Michael Dunlop scored a record-breaking win in his name in Monday’s Monster Energy Supersport race at the ongoing 2018 TT racing season. Finishing 10.2 seconds ahead of Dean Harrison of Silicone Engineering Kawasaki, Dunlop blazed a new record in the process.
In the second lap itself, Michael Dunlop broke his own speed record set in 2013. The new top speed run stands at 207.922 kph as of June 4 2018. The tremendous speed saw Dunlop gather his second win of the week and 17th of the season.
The race began with Harrison leading the pack ahead of Dunlop by a full second. James Hillier brought up third trailing Dunlop by two more seconds. The gap between the lead and runner up was reduced to 0.2 seconds by Ballaugh and by the end of Ramsey Hairpin, Dunlop was leading by one second, having clocked 206.422 kph in the first lap itself. he would go on to smash his own record in the second lap. At the end of the first lap, Harrison was trailing by 1.7 seconds behind the lead. On the second run through Ballaugh, Dunlop had extracted another second of lead. By the time he rolled into the pits, he had scored a healthy 6.4 seconds to himself.
Entering the final lap, Dunlop and Harrison were back at it again, with the gap between them stretched to 9.4 seconds. Except the astounding speed on display throughout, the final lap ran through smoothly, with the lead pair easing back so much that at the end of the race, Hickman was only 0.258 seconds behind Harrison, having previously wrested third place from Hillier.
The Joey Dunlop Championship sees Dunlop score 50 points, ahead of Cummins with 31 and Hillier with 29. The TT Privateers’ Championship chart is topped by McGee with 38 points, followed by Phil Crowe at 35 and Sam West at 33.