The revised schedule for Wednesday
racing and qualifying was confined to the bin before it could be put
into place. Overnight rain meant that the roads would be held open
for an additional two hours before closing at 12:00 noon. The
intention being to start the Supersport race at 12:45 pm, however,
rain on the west side of the island delayed this start. Again Gary
Thompson juggled the schedule and again it was confined to the bin.
Apart from a couple of travelling marshals and the six course cars
(twice) there was little to see. After three hours of trying, the
prospect of racing had not improved. The road between St Ninians and
Ramsey was opened at three o'clock, the Mountain Road remaining
closed. The intention was to close the roads again at 6 pm and run a
three lap Lightweight race, the pit stop having to be taken at the
end of the first lap. This would have been the first time that the
taking of a pit stop was being directed by the Clerk of the Course.
Presumably to give a level playing field if the race needed to be
shortened due to a change in the weather. As it happened the
evenings race was abandoned two minutes before the road was due to
close, again because of the weather. Back to the drawing board for
Gary and co.
There were more reports of people encroaching onto the track when
the road is closed. At Quarterbridge two guys stepped onto the
pavement whilst the road was closed. I am not sure if they knew what
day of the week it was as they staggered and got back over the wall
to consume another beer.
The paddock and Grandstand areas were very busy with fans viewing
the bikes and chatting with the riders. The bottom of Bray Hill was
4 deep with spectators 45 minutes before the road was due to close,
likewise the Quarterbridge Road had fans positioned in gardens and
on walls all the way down.
Michael Dunlop looking for a break in
Jamie Coward still finding something
to smile about
Speaking to Ben Birchall he said that he had been slowed by yellow
flags at Tower Bends and not by the wind over the Mountain in
Sidecar race 1. The time lost stopped him and brother Tom becoming
the first crew to lap at over 120mph, will they achieve it in
Sidecar race 2? Only time will tell.
Ben Birchall leaving nothing to chance
ex sidecar racer Dan Clark enjoying a
rare ray of sunshine.
Ivan Lintin posted on Facebook that he had had a brilliant day back
at work for the first time since his S100 accident. He is on a
phased return and this is another positive step on his road to
The TT is attracting people from far and wide, I was speaking to
someone from Seattle who was on his second visit. He had claimed his
vantage point at 07:30 am this morning, not having heard that there
was a delayed start. He stayed all day and did say that he hadn't
been put off by the weather and had booked to come back next year.
He even made an appearance on tonight's ITV4 TT programme as did Ian
Huntley who has been coming to theTT since 1947.
All we can do now is hope that the weather is kind and that as many
races as possible can be completed before the end of the week. A new
first, five races are now scheduled for Thursday!! The Supersport
race 2,and Sidecar race 2 have both been reduced to 2 laps each and
the Superstock and Lightweight races have been reduced to 3 laps
each. There is also the 1 lap TT Zero race and a couple of 1 lap
practice sessions for the Senior bikes. Has Gary Thompson just
pulled another rabbit out of the hat?
Photographs by Mike Hammonds