...AS RAIN AFFECTS FIRST QUALIFYING SESSION
A frustrating start for competitors for the opening qualifying session for the 2019 Manx Grand Prix saw a series of delays to the original start time of 5.20pm – first to move marshals around the course and then when rain affected the west side of the TT Mountain Course.
Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson originally elected to drop the first block in the session – the faster Senior and Junior MGP bikes – and opted to send the Lightweight and Ultra Lightweight Bikes out but following a course inspection by the travelling marshals the roads were deemed too wet with no prospect of drying in time and the second block of the session was also cancelled.
Although the session was curtailed, there was at least an opportunity to allow the newcomers to experience their compulsory speed-controlled lap of the TT Mountain Course under the guidance of experienced competitors including Chief Travelling Marshal Tony Duncan and former MGP competitor Jim Hunter and this duly got underway just before 19.40.
Gary Thompson confirmed that it was intended to take up the option of an additional qualifying session tomorrow (Sunday) and issued an appeal for qualified marshals to sign on as early indications were that numbers were lower than required.
Roads are due to close tomorrow (Sunday) at 12.45 with an MGP Senior and Junior session due to start at 13.30 with a Lightweight and Ultra Lightweight qualifying session starting at 15.15 and a newcomers only session at 16.50. Roads are due to open again no later than 18.20