Manx Grand Prix competitors finally got the chance to blow away the cobwebs from the weather affected qualifying week with a double qualifying session. The weather gods finally relented and the the session got underway at 2.10pm after mist resulted in a delayed start to the rescheduled afternoon session.
The afternoon session saw all classes out on the Mountain Course with the Lightweight and Ultra Lightweight competitors first to enjoy track time. Lincoln’s James Hind, 2nd in the Newcomers B race last year, showed the progress he had made in the intervening period with a 120mph lap in both the afternoon and evening sessions to top the Senior/ Junior qualifying board for the afternoon from double 2018 Ultra Lightweight winner Darryl Tweed (119.467mph). Stephen Parsons was marginally behind with his evening qualifying time of 119.638mph with another 2018 newcomer – local rider Nathan Harrison with 119.053 in the afternoon and 119.211 in the evening also putting in a strong performance.
Hind also topped the Lightweight times in the afternoon and evening (111.151 and 113.542) from Dave Butler (111.049 and 112.733) while Italy’s Francesco Curinga 112.366 went well in the second session. Daniel Ingham (104.160) was the fastest Ultra Lightweight competitor with his time in the afternoon session.
Martimotos.com’s Pierre Yves Bian from France was the quickest newcomer A in the afternoon session with 108.509mph which he improved to 110.177 in the evening while Michael Mace also went quicker in the evening session (106.733 and 109.582). Swiss rider Andrea Majola (103.271 and 105.433) and Yorkshire’s Adrian Skaife (93.624) topping the Newcomers ‘B’ and ‘C’ leaderboards respectively in the afternoon and while Majola (105.433) also topped the second session board in the ‘B’ Class, Andrew Jackson (97.370) was the fastest ‘C’ newcomer in the evening.
In the afternoon session Garth Woods was unhurt after coming off at Governors in the Lightweight session. Ian Gardiner who had an accident at Quarry Bends in the Lightweight session was taken by airmed to Nobles Hospital where it was later reported that he had sustained a shoulder and wrist injury while newcomer Nicolas Robert sustained a pelvic injury after an accident at the Waterworks.
As a result of the weather disruption earlier in the week, Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson has amended tomorrow’s Race day programme to ensure additional practice time ahead of racing.
The revised schedule is now:
11.00: Roads close around the Course
11.30: Classic TT Superbike and Lightweight Qualifying (2 laps)
Manx Grand Prix Senior and Junior/ Newcomers A Qualifying (2 laps)
12.05: Classic TT Junior Qualifying (2 Laps)
Manx Grand Prix Lightweight/ Ultra Lightweight/ Newcomers B&C (2 laps)
13.15: BENNETTS SENIOR CLASSIC TT RACE (4 laps)
15.30: Back to the Future: The Hizzy Years Commemorative Lap
16.10: DUNLOP LIGHTWEIGHT CLASSIC TT RACE (4 laps)
18.10: Classic TT Superbike Qualifying (1 lap)
Manx Grand Prix Senior & Junior/ Newcomers A Qualifying (1 lap)
18.25: Classic TT Junior/ (1 lap)
Manx Grand Prix Lightweight/ Ultra Lightweight/ Newcomers B&C (1 lap)
19.30: Roads scheduled to open