TT 2012: Oil Spillage Cuts Short Final Qualifying

Dan Kneen - Photo Credit: Isle of Man TT
Local rider Dan Kneen in action on Friday - Photo Credit: Isle of Man TT


Only two sessions were possible on the final evening of qualifying at the 2012 Isle of Man TT after an oil spillage brought an early end to the programme. The Sidecars were first onto the mountain course, followed by the Supersport and Lightweight machines, but the deterioration in grip levels prevented the Superbikes from going out afterwards.

Gary Bryan and Jamie Winn set the fastest sidecar time on Friday night but many of their rivals had a disrupted session. Tim Reeves and Dan Sayle, second fastest overall, came to a halt at the Wagon and Horses while John Holden and Andy Winkle continued to suffer from misfortune as their sidecar pulled up at Quarter Bridge.

Dave Molyneux and Patrick Farrance were second fastest on the night with a 109.799mph lap but with the pace much slower than it had been earlier in the week, the DMR duo will start today's race from pole position ahead of Reeves/Sayle and Bryan/Winn.

James Hillier was the quickest of the lightweights and he bucked the trend by going quicker than he had all week, although this particular class had seen a session red flagged the day before. Ryan Farquhar was second fastest but his benchmark time from Tuesday's session kept him at the top of the combined classification, securing pole position in the class.

William Dunlop hung onto pole in the Supersport class ahead of his brother Michael although neither improved on their midweek times. Cameron Donald did however, moving above Bruce Anstey into third.