Zero hero Anstey
Last-minute replacement Anstey beats Guy Martin in electric race
Bruce Anstey took victory in this year’s TT Zero race, beating team-mate Guy Martin by some 40 seconds, over the 37.73mile lap. It was a sweet victory for Anstey given that, despite winning the 2016 race, he was originally ousted from the squad in favour of Martin, who made his TT comeback with Honda this year. However, when twice electric TT winner John Mcguinness was ruled out of the event after breaking his leg at the North West 200, Anstey stepped in at the eleventh hour and after just a single test at Jurby and three practice laps, he was able to clinch his 12th TT win on the exotic electric machine.
But there were no record laps with sketchy conditions and Anstey’s machine down on power for the rescheduled race. The Flying Kiwi recorded an average speed of 117mph on the latest million pound Mugen machine.
“It was all last-minute, so thanks to Mugen for bringing me in,” he said. “I was really hoping to do a 120mph lap but the conditions weren’t right. The bike felt weird too, top end speed was fine but the acceleration seemed to be slow so I don’t know what was going on there.”
The electric win gave Anstey something to take away from what was otherwise a rather lacklustre TT.
“I have struggled, really struggled to get my rhythm going and concentration on,” he said on his other results. “But the electric bike helped me feel better, it’s not as fast and helped me get back on line!”
Third place went to Daley Mathison on the University of Nottingham entry with a lap of 109.209mph.
‘I was hoping to do a 120mph lap but the conditions weren’t right and the bike felt weird’
Super-sub Anstey’s still got it