TT Race Schedule Reshuffled after Poor Weather

by Louis Suddaby

Racing will not begin at the 2015 Isle of Man TT will not begin until Sunday after the inclement weather continued on Friday and Saturday. The schedule had already been tweaked on Friday but further strong winds on Saturday have led to more changes.

In Friday evening’s qualifying sessions, Bruce Anstey continued his impressive start to the 2015 TT with a 129.394mph lap to top the timesheets for the evening. Lap times were down on the night with Ian Hutchinson’s Thursday benchmark of 130.266mph remaining unbeaten but Michael Dunlop made progress on his first outing aboard a BMW superbike, going sixth overall at 128.636mph.

The Superstock picture remained unchanged with Michael Dunlop on top of the leaderboard but Dean Harrison’s 126.059mph lap was the quickest of the night. Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness were the big movers in Supersport, lapping just shy of 125mph but Bruce Anstey remains the man to beat after breaking that particular barrier on Wednesday.

On the first lap of lightweight qualifying, James Hillier set the pace on his Quattro Plant Kawasaki but his benchmark lap was 4mph down on the overall best of Ryan Farquhar. Jamie Hamilton closed the gap slightly, hitting 115.74mph but Michael Rutter’s hopes of improving were dashed by a broken steering damper.

Dave Molyneux and Ben Binns upped the ante in the Sidecar session that kicked off the evening with a 114.687mph lap, just half a second slower than John Holden and Dan Sayle’s Thursday flyer. Tim Reeves and Patrick Farrance were second quickest on the night but remain third ahead of the Birchall brothers with their opening race now moved to Monday.

The RST Superbike race will now take place at 2pm on Sunday afternoon, followed by the RST parade lap, while the RL360° Superstock race will kick off a triple-header on Monday at 10:45am. The opening Sure Sidecar race has been shifted to 2pm on Monday with TT Zero qualifying taking place shortly afterwards while the first Monster Energy Supersport race is scheduled for 6:30pm.

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