Fewer race laps among proposed changes to Classic TT schedule

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CLASSIC TT chiefs have proposed a brand new schedule for 2020 which could include fewer laps for some of the Festival’s races.

Changes have also been proposed to better match speeds between the Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix competitors during shared qualifying sessions and in order to reduce the number of participants and machines on track during any one session.

The news comes just six weeks on from the announcement that there could be major changes to the Isle of Man TT schedule next season, while the Manx Grand Prix schedule was confirmed early last month to run once again in the same format.

It is proposed that qualifying for the 2020 Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix will start one day later on Sunday 23 August, with a longer afternoon session.

Classes will be split per session on alternate days from Monday until Thursday based on machine speeds in a bid to maximise the time on track per class, reduce the volume of machines on the course and reduce the congestion through technical inspection and into the parc ferme area.

As with the TT Races, it is proposed that the final qualifying session for the Classic TT Races will move from the evening to the afternoon, Friday 28 August, ahead of the opening day of racing.

Each of the two Classic TT Race days will open with a one-lap free qualifying session at the start of each race day and, in a change to the programme, the Dunlop Lightweight and Junior Classic TT Races will both now be run over three laps.

Saturday’s and Monday’s race programme will open with the three lap races before concluding with the Bennetts Senior and RST Superbike Classic TT Races respectively.

The full proposed schedule for the 2020 Classic TT Races, which is subject to approval from the Department for Infrastructure, can be found here.

*Image: Ellan Vannin Images

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