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Practice Week Schedule Overhaul Proposed By Manx GP/Classic TT Organisers

Manx Grand Prix/Classic TT organisers the Manx Motor Cycle Club are planning to implement changes to the practice week schedule for this August’s Mountain Course based events.

Amongst the proposed schedule changes include competitive action beginning with a Sunday afternoon practice session on the 23rd August.

Added planned schedule alterations include Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday night practice stints alternating across all classes plus another afternoon session (Friday 28th August).

Photo by Mark Corlett

Speaking about the proposed schedule changes to Manx GP, Classic TT practice sessions, Manx Motor Cycle Club Chairman Peter Maddocks, stated:

“There have been concerns for some time about the lack of day light in the evenings reducing the number of practice laps for all our riders and feel the Sunday and Friday afternoon sessions will help to alleviate the problem.

The re-vamped schedule will mitigate the demands that are placed on riders and volunteers including the TT Marshals Association and local residents.”

Here’s in full how the planned 2020 Manx GP/Classic TT Practice/Race schedule is currently shaping up:

Practice Week: 23rd August-28th August

23rd August:

12:45 PM Roads close
1:30 PM Manx GP/Classic TT newcomers speed controlled lap
1:50-3:30 PM Manx GP Senior/Junior-Lightweight/Superbike Classic TT practice
3:35-4:35 PM Junior/Senior Classic TT – Manx GP Lightweight/Ultra Lightweight practice
4:40-5:30 PM Classic TT/Manx GP newcomers – non timed practice
6:30 PM Roads open

24th August:

6:20-8:00 PM Classic TT Superbike/Lightweight – Manx GP Junior/Senior/Newcomers A practice
7:50 PM Manx GP Newcomers B/C practice

25th August:

6:20-8:00 PM Classic TT Junior/Senior/Lightweight – Manx GP Lightweight/Ultra Lightweight/Newcomers B & C practice
7:50 PM Manx GP Newcomers A practice

26th August:

6:20-8:00 PM Classic TT Superbike/Lightweight – Manx GP Junior/Senior/Newcomers A practice
7:50 PM Manx GP Newcomers B/C practice

27th August:

6:20-8:00 PM Classic TT Junior/Senior/Lightweight – Manx GP Lightweight/Ultra Lightweight/Newcomers B & C practice
7:50 PM Manx GP Newcomers A practice

28th August:

1:00-2:25 PM Classic TT Superbike/Lightweight – Manx GP Senior/Junior/Newcomers A practice
2:30-3:50 PM Classic TT Junior/Senior/Lightweight – Manx GP Lightweight/Ultra Lightweight/Newcomers B & C practice

Race Week: 29th August – 4th September

29th August:

11:30 AM Free practice session – 1 Lap
12:45 PM Dunlop Lightweight Classic TT – 3 Laps
2:30 PM Classic TT parade lap
3:30 PM Bennetts Senior Classic TT – 4 Laps

31st August:

10:15 AM Free practice session – 1 Lap
11:15 AM Locate.im Junior Classic TT – 3 Laps
1:15 PM Classic Racer Magazine Lap of Honour
2:15 PM RST Superbike Classic TT – 4 Laps
4:30 PM Newcomers A Manx Grand Prix – 4 Laps
Newcomers B Manx Grand Prix – 4 Laps
Newcomers C Manx Grand Prix – 3 Laps

2nd September:

10:15 AM Junior Manx Grand Prix – 4 Laps
1:15 PM Lightweight Manx GP Race 1 – 4 Laps
Ultra Lightweight Manx GP Race 1 – 3 Laps
3:15 PM Senior Manx GP qualifying – 1 Lap
3:20 PM Lightweight/Ultra Lightweight Manx GP qualifying – 1 Lap

4th September:

10:15 AM Lightweight Manx GP Race 2 – 4 Laps
Ultra Lightweight Manx GP Race 2 – 3 Laps
1:15 PM Senior Manx Grand Prix – 4 Laps

Words by Stevie Rial

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