Louth racer Peter Hickman rounded off two superb weeks at the Isle of Man TT festival with a fantastic display in the high profile Senior TT.
He joined the 130mph club with an outstanding speed of 131.626mph on the final lap as he powered the Lee Hardy Racing/Briggs Equipment UK BMW over the finish line.
The feat was all the more remarkable for being achieved on his Superstock bike, while most riders were on considerably more powerful Superbikes.
The race was halted by a serious incident on lap two when Jamie Hamilton was airlifted to hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. After a long delay the race distance was shortened to four laps.
Hicky flew round the first lap and was up to eighth at the first checkpoint. He gained ground to sixth at Ballaugh and completed the lap in that position, recording his first 130mph speed with 130.4mph.
He was held up slightly in traffic and ended lap two in eighth, yet still upped his pace to 130.511mph.
After a fast pit stop, the Louth rider was back up to sixth, but with only a few seconds covering three or four riders, he ended the lap in seventh.
Hickman began the final lap intent on posting a fast time and had moved up to seventh at the Bungalow.
A speedy descent down the Mountain saw him cross the finish line in a fine seventh place, setting an unbelievable speed of 131.626mph in only his second year of TT racing.
The result made him the eighth fastest rider in TT history and maintained his 100 per cent finish record.
He said: “Today’s been absolutely mega and the whole two weeks have been awesome. After coming close in the Superstock race, I’m so pleased to get my first 130mph laps in, and to end up with a 131.6 is incredible.
“I’m over the moon with how this year’s TT has gone so a massive thanks to everyone for all their support, and especially everyone at Lee Hardy Racing, Briggs Equipment, and Jack Valentine at ValMoto.”
Team owner Lee Hardy said: “I can’t believe it, and what Peter’s achieved today, lapping at 131.6mph in just his second year, is unreal.
“I did a lap with him in the car on Thursday and really got to appreciate what he does, how good his knowledge is and how much homework he’s put in. “It’s a credit to the team that they’ve put a bike underneath him capable of such results and speeds and everyone’s hard work has paid off.”
It capped a fine fortnight for Hickman who recorded a fantastic fifth place in last Tuesday’s Superstock race and then powered the Lee Hardy Racing/Iron Maiden Trooper beer MV Agusta bike to 11th place in the second Supersport race last Wednesday.
Peter now turns his attention back to the British Superbike Championship with the fourth round taking place at Snetterton this weekend.