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Isle of Man TT schedule in disarray as terrible weather means further cancellation

 

Top man: Christian Elkin leads Supersport Championship
Top man: Christian Elkin leads Supersport Championship

By Roy Harris

It's beginning to sound like a broken record now, as yesterday's two scheduled qualifying sessions for the Isle of Man TT, fuelled by Monster Energy, joined the ever increasing 'cancelled club' with the inclement weather again playing havoc with practice and qualifying.

That's five sessions cancelled to date and the chances of tomorrow's two opening races for Superbikes and Sidecars taking place are now non-existent, as organisers battle to get in enough practice to get riders qualified.

To date some riders have managed eight laps around the circuit, while others have managed none, with two being the qualifying standard.

Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson left it to the very last minute before calling off the evening session yesterday, waiting for his eyes and ears around the circuit, the Travelling Marshals, to report back.

He said: "The weather is closing in again with more rain and low cloud forecast.

"Just to top the evening off, even if the weather had been okay, there is a significant oil spillage from Sarah's Cottage through to the bottom of Barregarrow that will take quite some time to clear.

"That mixed with wet roads isn't good so I'm sorry to announce yet another cancellation."

Away from the TT, the Belfast and District Club host the fourth round of the AJ Plumbing Supplies Ulster Superbike Championship at Kirkistown tomorrow where the feature race of the day is the Pre-Injection machines for the Wallace Contracts (NI) Ltd Presidents Cup with the overall winner of the two legs picking up the silverware.

Current King of Kirkistown Carl Phillips returns to the Co Down circuit to defend his undefeated start to the USBK series on his J McC Roofing Kawasaki.

Phillips' main challengers tomorrow should be Nico Mawhinney on his Polaris Kawasaki and defending champion Gerard Kinghan on his IFS Yamaha while Ryan Gibson and Aaron Armstrong cannot be discounted.

Christian Elkin, fresh from his North West 200 Supertwin podium, heads the Supersport Championship with five second place finishes and a fourth in the opening three rounds.

Mark Conlin, Mark Hanna and Jack Waring should be his nearest challengers at Kirkistown tomorrow.

A full race programme includes races for Supertwins, Moto3, Lightweight Supersport, Young Guns/Junior Cup and Classics with practice from 9.00am and racing following immediately afterwards.

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