You would have to be a gambling man to have bet on the result of the
PokerStars Junior Supersport race, it promised to be the closest race
of the week.
It was Bruce Anstey who set the pace on the opening two laps breaking the lap record on both to become the first 600 rider to lap at over 125mph, only 4.5 seconds behind was Mcguiness who had Ian Hutchinson 7 seconds adrift, the pitstops would prove crucial.
Ansteys Suzuki refused to start and it took almost the full length of pitlane before it fired into life, such was the red hot pace that the damage was done as the TAS pit crew gathered their breath any chance of two wins in two days choked.
As the Honda's of Hutchinson and Mcguiness shrieked past the Grandstand to begin the fourth and final lap only 5 seconds was the gap.
Softly spoken Hutchinson clung on to his first ever TT win, leading by only 2.8 seconds from Mcguiness, Guy Martin and Anstey who all broke the lap record on the final lap.
The Sidecar Race B had drama before the off when Dave Molyneux looked a retirement with electrical gremlins, then in a bizarre stroke of good fortune a stray dog held up the start by 15 minutes, enough time for Dave to rectify the fault on the line.
Again Nick Crowe and Dan Sayle passed Molyneux and Rick Long on the opening lap to lead by 38 seconds.
They also broke Molys 2005 lap record on lap two by 6.25 seconds, an amazing speed of 116.66 mph and so the scene was set for a famous victory to make up for Mondays Race A failure, but only minutes later on the flat out run towards Ballacraine the engine broke, it was cruel luck after a brilliant display.
Its not the way Moly would have wanted to win his 13th TT but he has had his share of bad luck over the years, Rick Long is also now the most successful passenger in TT history with 8 TT wins.
The Senior TT was to bring the curtain down on a record breaking week, John Mcguiness finally broke the much heralded 130mph barrier, hammering around the second lap in 130.35 mph. No one else would challenge, and he comfortably controlled the race from the front to seal his 13th TT win.
Time for another statue to join Eric on Morecambe prom?
Sobering news was announced shortly after the Senior had finished, on the last lap of the last race of this magical Centenary meeting, TT newcomer Marc Ramsbotham along with 2 spectators were all killed in a tragic end to what had been a relatively safe TT fortnight.
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