Classic TT organisers propose shorter races for 2020

The changes affect the Manx GP and Classic TT events

dean harrison

THE classic TT event organisers have proposed a new event schedule for 2020 which could include shorter races.

The changes have been suggested to allow the organisers to better match the on course speeds of the Manx GP and Classic TT entrants when on track at the same time – the two classes share the track during qualifying.

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To do this the organisers with split the classes per session from Monday until Thursday based upon the machine's speed during practice. It’s hoped the move could lessen the number of bikes on the track at the same time, while also elevating some of the congestion that occurs before and after the session. Splitting the bikes in this manner could also help to minimize some of the bunching up that can occur on the track when a slower machine reaches a part of the course that’s more difficult to pass on.

The changes to the schedule could see the qualifying for the Classic TT and Manx GP begin one day later then last year, Sunday 23rd August, while featuring one longer afternoon session during the course of the event.

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 of Friday 28 August – just before the opening day of racing.

For more information on the TT races and the Classic and Manx TT schedule, head to