Wet paint Crisis hits Rockingham

Published: 01 July 2003

Today’s practice and first qualifying session for round seven of the British Superbike championship was spent watching paint dry after organisers decided to re-paint the lines on the track this morning.

The first practice session was cancelled after just 10 minutes when Vitrans Honda rider Dean Thomas crashed his CBR600RR after crossing the wet paint.

Thomas managed to walk away unhurt but a meeting is currently underway to decide whether the qualifying sessions can continue tomorrow.

The lines had been due for painting earlier in the week but the poor weather meant that workmen could not get out on the track.

The decision was taken on Thursday to try and get the track painted up before the first practice session, but despite starting work that evening, it was still going on early on Friday morning.

Circuit staff have been out on the track all day to try to get it ready for tomorrow but it is still unclear how the rest of the weekend’s racing will be affected.

We will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.