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Weather puts end to Isle of Man TT Wednesday races

Supersport race postponed until Thursday as weather hits Isle of Man TT again

Hill fog has delayed Wednesday's racing at the Isle of Man TT.
Hill fog has delayed Wednesday's racing at the Isle of Man TT.

Wednesday night's race at the Isle of Man TT has been cancelled due to the poor weather.

The week's second Supersport race had been postponed until Thursday as the poor weather continued to hamper racing on the island.

Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson announced early in the morning that the day's action would not begin until 12.45pm due to "low cloud / hill fog". However, despite early optimism, gradual delays followed throughout the afternoon until the Supersport race was postponed.

Organisers had hoped to run the three-lap Lightweight race, won last year by Michael Dunlop, at 6.30pm, with Senior TT, Superstock and TT Zero qualifying due to follow.

However, after a course inspection it was announced the evening's race had been cancelled.

Gary Thompson added: "Standing water on the Mountain... Not willing to put bikes out... sorry we have tried."

On Thursday, the four-lap Superstock outing is due to begin at 12.15pm. It will be followed by the Zero TT at 3pm, having been moved from its original Wednesday spot, with the Supersport race now added to the schedule at 6.30pm.

On Friday, the Senior TT has been brought forward over two hours to 10.30am amid reports of bad weather in the afternoon.

Friday's schedule is as yet untouched with the second Sidecar race providing the starter to the main event of the prestigious Isle of Man TT race, in which Peter Hickman will be looking to complete a Superbike double after his win in Monday's shortened opener.

Meanwhile, Ballymoney business Tilesplus has signed up to sponsor the Supersport race at Armoy Road Races on Saturday, July 27.

With less than two months to the Race of Legends meeting, Tilesplus is a welcome local addition to the multi-sponsored event, which is held on the 3.008mile picturesque circuit in north Antrim, a hot-bed of motorcycle road racing made famous by the exploits of the Armoy Armada in the 1970s.

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On the grid: (from left) Armoy clerk of the course Bill Kennedy, road racer Neil Kernohan and Lindsay O'Neill, managing director of race sponsor Tilesplus

Lindsay O'Neill, managing director of Tilesplus said: "Bikes and road racing have been in my blood from a very young age.

"I have always had a huge interest in all forms of motorcycle racing, and when the opportunity arose to sponsor the Supersport race at Armoy, as it is a local road race and we are a local company, it was right to lend our support for this unique event.

"We sponsor quite a bit, all in the local Ballymoney, Coleraine and Triangle area, supporting all sports at Primary school level plus football, rugby and GAA at amateur level.

"Armoy Road Races are something different, with the AMRRC staging a brilliant event, which we are very excited to be involved with.

"Supersport is always one of the 'must watch' races, so I'm very keen to see who the main contenders will be."

Clerk of the Course Bill Kennedy added: "Once again, a great local business has stepped in to help us. We are very happy that Lindsay and Tilesplus have come onboard as a sponsor.

"It's good that we have someone who loves the sport as much as we do, supporting us. To be honest that's apparent in all our sponsors, we are very lucky indeed.

"We have one race left for sponsorship - the Open race, another high-profile race in addition to the Bayview Hotel Race of Legends."

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