Manx Grand Prix: Sunday practice axed with lack of marshals

MANX Grand Prix and Classic TT action has been called off for today with a severe lack of marshals around the Mountain Course.

This afternoon’s qualifying had been put in place to fill in for the cancelled sessions last night, which had to be abandoned – save newcomer’s speed-controlled laps – due to standing water on the west of the island.

But Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson issued a statement this morning to axe today’s action with not enough of the orange army signed on.

“The TTMA did an outstanding job yesterday to get Marshals in place for last night’s first qualifying session, and I am very grateful to all of the marshals that turned out last night,” he said. “Although the start of the session was delayed because we had to move a number of Marshals around the TT Course, we were thwarted by a shower of rain which severely affected the west coast of the Island.

“Last night, I made the decision that we would use this afternoon to run a full qualifying session, but having reviewed the Marshalling numbers for today, it is very clear we will be 80+ Marshals short of the manning levels required for the TT Course which is significantly below the number that we require.

“What I don’t want to do is close the road, get everyone in place, have everyone waiting and then find we can’t hold the qualifying session, so we have decided to give everyone plenty of notice and cancel today’s session and concentrate on getting Marshal numbers in place for Monday night.”

Roads are due to close at 6pm tomorrow (Monday) evening for the first practice and qualifying session, due to start at 6.20pm with the Classic TT Superbikes/Lightweights and the MGP Senior/Juniors followed by the Classic TT Seniors/Juniors and the MGP Lightweights/Ultra Lightweights at 7.15pm.

A separate MGP Newcomers practice is set for 7.45pm with roads due to open all around the Course around 8.30pm but no later than 9.00pm