Friday's Isle of Man TT race programme called off

Friday's plans for racing at the Isle of Man TT have been abandoned after rainfall on parts of the course.

Organisers said the decision had been taken due to the "current weather conditions and the forecast for the remainder of the day".

Racing around the 37.73-mile (60km) Mountain Course had been due to begin at 11:45 BST but was pushed back while the weather was assessed.

Organisers said new race schedule for Saturday will be issued at 15:30.

A statement from organisers said: "There is currently heavy rain to the north and west of the island, with more rain forecast into the evening and low cloud and mist development on the Mountain."

Conditions were now not expected to improve until at least 20:00, it added.

Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson cancelled the remainder of Thursday's race programme when rain began to fall following the completion of the restarted second Sidecar race.

The revised schedule for Friday had included the four-lap Supersport race followed by the three-lap Superstock.

Saturday's proposed programme included the second Supertwin race run shortened to two laps at 11:45 before the Senior TT - run over four laps rather than six laps - brings the fortnight to a close at 14:30.

That session has been earmarked to begin with a warm-up lap for competitors at 10:30.

Saturday is also to see the running of the Rutter Legacy Lap sandwiched between the races at 13:30.

The parade is set to be held in honour of father and son Michael and Tony Rutter, who each have seven TT wins to their name.

The Mountain Road will close at 9:00 and the rest of the course will close at 10:00 on both Friday and Saturday, opening no later than 21:30.

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