Further weather delays at the TT

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The Isle of Man TT has once again seen proceedings delayed by the weather, with this afternoon’s second sidecar race, originally scheduled to start at 1215 now facing a two hour delay as the weather on the Mountain Circuit clears.

The island woke this morning to heavy cloud cover and wet roads after overnight rain, with visibility on Snaefell mountain reduced to only a few metres, leaving both riders unable to see and the crucial air ambulances, without which the race can’t go ahead, unable to fly.

However, the weather is now lifting, and with sunshine breaking out at the Bungalow the roads are due to shut on the Mountain at 1245, with the rest of the circuit following at 1330, for a new scheduled start time of 1415.

The three lap Sure Mobile sidecar race will be followed by a single lap each of qualifying for the two remaining solo races, the Lightweight and Senior – both scheduled for tomorrow.

Tomorrow’s weather forecast initially looked even worse than today, with heavy rain and strong winds on course to disrupt racing, but a change in forecast means they are now expected late tomorrow night, leaving the day reasonably fair for racing.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer