TT 2015: Saturday’s race schedule revised due to high winds

William Dunlop on the Tyco BMW at Crosby during Superbike TT qualifying on Friday
William Dunlop on the Tyco BMW at Crosby during Superbike TT qualifying on Friday
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Saturday’s race schedule at the Isle of Man TT has been revised due to high winds, with the first Sure Sidecar Race now set for a provisional 5pm start.

Gusts of up to 60mph on the Mountain have forced the organisers to reschedule the programme again, with a series of incidents also impacting on the decision, including a question mark over whether the Air Med helicopter can fly in the conditions and a current lack of hospital beds, should they be required.

On Friday, the decision was taken to move the RST Superbike Race to a 2pm start time on Sunday due to the forecast gales.

The revamped schedule on Saturday now sees the RST Parade Lap set for 4.30pm, with roads closing from Ramsey to the Bungalow from 3.15pm and from the Bungalow to Creg-ny-baa from 3.30pm.

The rest of the course is due to close from 4pm.

Following the Sidecar race at 5pm, untimed practice is due for Superbike, Superstock, Supersport and Lightweight machines with a practice session for the TT Zero class.

On Saturday morning, a serious incident involving a privately-owned helicopter created additional problems, with the Bell Jet Ranger aircraft crashing in the valley at the 33rd Milestone.

The 48-year-old pilot, the only person travelling on the helicopter, sadly died as a result of the accident.