As expected, the heavens opened up Wednesday afternoon and the decision was made to cancel practice.
If weather permits, we’ll have two sessions tomorrow with roads closed early afternoon, then opened for people to get home, then closed again in the evening.
PIC: Catching up with Stockers and Chris, official suppliers of Coopers to the team.
The official statement came around 3pm Isle of Man time:
‘Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson has confirmed that due to the bad weather forecast during this evening’s (Wednesday 21st August) qualifying session for the Classic TT Races and Manx Grand Prix, the session has been cancelled.
Tomorrow will now feature two sessions which will run to the following schedule:
12.30: ROADS CLOSED AROUND THE TT COURSE
13.00: START CLASSIC TT SENIOR & JUNIOR/ MGP LIGHTWEIGHT & ULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT/ MGP NEWCOMERS B & C (2 LAPS)
14.45: START CLASSIC TT SUPERBIKE & LIGHTWEIGHT/ MGP SENIOR AND JUNIOR/ NEWCOMERS A (2 LAPS)
16.30: ALL ROADS AROUND THE TT COURSE OPEN
18.00: ALL ROADS AROUND THE TT COURSE CLOSED
18.20: START CLASSIC TT SUPERBIKE & LIGHTWEIGHT/ MGP SENIOR AND JUNIOR/ NEWCOMERS A (2 LAPS)
19.15: START CLASSIC TT SENIOR & JUNIOR/ MGP LIGHTWEIGHT & ULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT/ MGP NEWCOMERS B & C (2 LAPS)
20.30: ALL ROADS OPEN AROUND THE TT COURSE’
PIC: Making friends when the sun was still shining!
There wasn’t a great deal for the team to do, as the bikes are prepped and ready to see some track time. To pass the time, the team ended up listening for updates on the radio, then once the news came through ended up enjoying a quiet pint in a pub in Laxey.
With the early start, Aussie followers will be able to listen to Royce’s first practice at a half-reasonable hour. His first practice for the MGP Senior/Junior aboard the Triumph will set off at 10pm AEST. And for those willing to stay up and listen to the second set of sessions (4am AEST)… get that coffee brewing!
PIC: Royce having a bar snack at a pub in Peel.