TT REWIND: 2010 SENIOR TT
The 2010 Senior TT was without doubt one of the most dramatic races ever witnessed on the 37.73-mile Mountain Course and, although it was the race in which Ian Hutchinson made history by taking five wins in a single week, it only tells half of the story.
The start of the race saw Hutchinson, John McGuinness, Guy Martin and Conor Cummins locked in battle with less than 6 seconds covering the four riders after the first two laps, with McGuinness seemingly in the ascendancy as he charged from fourth to first on lap two.
However, 4 miles after the first pit stop Martin crashed heavily at Ballagarey and the resulting fireball and debris brought out the red flag. It was without doubt one of the most spectacular crashes ever witnessed at the TT Races and while he was injured in the 170mph crash, Martin miraculously made a swift and full recovery.
The 4-lap re-start was equally close between Hutchinson, Cummins and McGuinness, with Hutchinson leading on the opening lap by just 0.5 seconds before McGuinness was forced to retire at Glen Helen on lap two. Cummins then crashed spectacularly at the Verandah, sustaining multiple injuries but again making a full recovery.
Hutchinson went on to take victory from Ryan Farquhar and Bruce Anstey by over 35 seconds, creating history in the process as the first and only rider to win five TT Races in a single week.
The race, as part of one of the most dramatic TTs in history, was immortalised in the critically-acclaimed film TT3D: Closer To The Edge.