TT 2019: No racing until Monday at earliest as weather thwarts Saturday qualifying

Mist and rain has been causing problems for the Isle of Man TT organisers throughout a frustrating practice week.
Mist and rain has been causing problems for the Isle of Man TT organisers throughout a frustrating practice week.
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Saturday afternoon’s qualifying session at the Isle of Man TT has been axed due to deteriorating weather, including rain and mist on the Mountain.

There will now be no racing until Monday at the earliest, with the organisers requiring Sunday as an additional practice day.

Michael Dunlop returns to his team awning after Friday evening's qualifying session was cancelled at the Isle of Man TT. Picture: Tony Goldsmith/Pacemaker Press.

Michael Dunlop returns to his team awning after Friday evening's qualifying session was cancelled at the Isle of Man TT. Picture: Tony Goldsmith/Pacemaker Press.

The first races, the RST Superbike and Locate.im Sidecar events, were due to take place on Sunday. However, the latest weather delays have again turned the schedule on its head.

Shortly after 4pm on Saturday, Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson confirmed the evening session would also not go ahead due to thick fog on the Mountain and standing water on the course.

Thompson said: “It has been a frustrating day but given the current conditions on the Mountain, I don’t think things are going to improve in time for tonight’s session. Therefore, tonight is cancelled and we’ll try again tomorrow. Total and utter frustration.”

Only two qualifying sessions have been held so far, with no action taking place around the 37.73-mile course since Tuesday.

Nine practice sessions (including contingency sessions) have now been called off during a frustrating week on the Isle of Man.

Revised TT 2019 Qualifying Schedule for Sunday, June 2:

12.00pm - Barrule Park, Ramsey to Bungalow closed

12.15pm - Bungalow to Creg ny Baa closed

12.45pm - Rest of the TT course closed

1.30pm - Superbike/ Superstock/ Supersport/ Newcomers (all classes except Lightweight)

2.30pm - Supersport/ Lightweight/ Newcomers (all classes) qualifying session

3.35pm - Sidecar qualifying session (2 laps)

4.15pm - Superbike/ Superstock/ Supersport

4.40pm - TT Zero qualifying

5.30pm - Roads open except Mountain section

6.30pm - All roads open