Heavy rain caused the opening sessions of the 2014 Isle of Man TT to be cancelled, forcing the newcomers to have to wait until Monday for their first laps of the Mountain Course.
Despite promising predictions from the meteorological centre, the TT Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson announced that Saturday evening’s practice sessions were to be cancelled shortly after it was due to start after a heavy downpour at the Grandstand and on the Mountain road.
“It’s unfortunate but the conditions were not conducive to any laps on the course this evening so the only sensible course of action was to cancel the session,” said Thompson. “I’m conscious that the Lightweight machines have lost time at this stage and I’ll be looking to make it up ahead of their race on Friday week.”
Due to the newcomers requiring their speed controlled lap around the Mountain Course, Monday’s schedule has been amended, with solo newcomers setting off on their speed controlled, untimed laps at 18:15, while the sidecar newcomers will set off at 18:30.
Monday’s action will then run as planned with a full solo session for Superbike, Superstock and Supersport machinery at 18:45, followed by a session for Sidecars at 19:55.
Meanwhile, fans can keep up to date with news from the TT via the new upgraded and improved Isle of Man TT 2014 app from the iTunes and Google Play stores.
The updated app features an enhanced Live Timings service, allowing fans to keep up to date with every qualifying and race session throughout the two weeks. Those on the Island can also find out what’s happening around the island with push alerts for activities and events. A live streaming service will keep fans worldwide up to date with on-track developments, as well as a live radio link to Manx Radio TT’s broadcasts, including full qualifying and race commentary.
There is also an interactive track map with detailed descriptions of all the key sectors and on-board footage voiced by former race winner, and TT rider liaison officer Richard ‘Milky’ Quayle.
Additional services, such as an annual ‘Video Pass’ and access to the live timing service, will cost £1.49 to activate. The live timing service not only covers the TT Races, but will also be online during the Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix later in the year.