ISLE of Man TT racers could be thrown a lifeline for diminished track time as Manx motorsport officials lobby for two ‘backup’ practice sessions.
After weather and competition incidents wreaked havoc on last year’s TT road races, causing a late start to the Superstock race, among other delays, and only allowing one of the two Supersport scraps to go ahead, event chiefs have been looking for ways to ensure more track time for the riders.
Now, some Parliament members are urging the government to reserve practice sessions on May 27 and June 1 if cancellations are made or extra time is needed on circuit.
Member with responsibility for Motorsport Rob Callister explained how these sessions would only be used if required.
“Most people are very accommodating with the TT and they know the value offered to our economy,” he said. “But we also have got to understand this is a professional event and we must ensure the riders get the laps under their belt to perform at the highest level possible.
“This is about giving the Clerk of the Course sufficient time in order to make the calls to give the riders the best opportunity to get those laps. We’ve said very clearly these [sessions] are absolutely only if necessary.”