Manx GP Latest:
Not officially announced yet, via the Manx GP race guide, number 1 plate holders for the Newcomers A, Junior, Senior and Lightweight races, are respectively Victor Ortega, ‘Tommy Club’ member Steven Procter and reigning Lightweight class champion Andy Farrell.
In total 31 racers are set to compete in this year’s Manx GP newcomers races, which includes just one local representative, Billy Redmayne Memorial Fund supported Mike Brew.
Overall 10 nations are represented in the Newcomers A, B & C races including first time representative from Russia, Danila Krasniuk.
Former Newcomers A class rostrum finisher Wayne Humble has been forced to pull out of this year’s Manx GP, following recently sustained leg, ankle injuries.
Michelin supported Humble has also made the decision to take a sabbatical from competitive racing action, but has hinted via Facebook that he might just make a return to racing in years to come.
First Practice Session Absentees:
Notable absentees from tonight’s opening timed Classic TT/Manx GP practice sessions are set to include Dunlop Senior TT champion Dean Harrison and eight times International Road Race winner Lee Johnston, who are respectively on British Superbike, British Supersport Championship duty at Cadwell Park.
Photo by Tommy Vennard
Others not able to take to the Mountain Course this evening include Danny Webb and Davey Todd, with the Penz 13 backed duo both sampling the penultimate round of the IRRC series at Horice in the Czech Republic.
A non entrant for the Classic TT Races, it’s now four years since world’s fastest road racer Peter Hickman last sampled the yesteryear equivalent of the TT Races.
New Look Classic TT Rider/Team Combinations:
When looking at the 2019 Classic TT entry list, you notice obviously the star names competing, the talented next gen rising stars competing, but you also take note of various rapidly improving Mountain Course exponents who have secured high calibre machinery for their latest two week stint, on the most famous road race circuit in the world.
New look combinations to keep an eye include Gary Vines/Wiz Norton Racing (Superbike class), Tom Weeden/Goathland Garage Classics (Junior/Senior classes), Chris Sarbora/Amore Moto Bimota (Superbike Class) and Forest Dunn/Cleaver Browne Racing (Lightweight class).
The current schedule for tonight’s opening timed practice sessions, sees action begin from 5:20 PM with Manx GP, Classic TT newcomers gaining their first competitive laps of the fabled, mythical Mountain Course.
15 minutes after the Mountain Course debutants start their speed controlled laps, Superbike/Lightweight Classic TT, Manx GP Junior/Senior practice sessions take place from 5:35 PM.
The schedule in full for the opening practice session of this year’s Manx Grand Prix, Classic TT Races, is as follows:
5:00 PM Roads around Mountain Course close
5:20 PM Manx GP/Classic TT Newcomers speed controlled lap
5:35 PM Superbike/Lightweight Classic TT practice
Manx GP Junior/Senior practice
6:35 PM Junior/Senior Classic TT practice
Manx GP Lightweight/Ultra Lightweight practice
7:35 PM Newcomers practice
8:00 PM Roads re-opening process begins
9:00 PM Remaining sections of Mountain Course re-open
Words by Stevie Rial