After completing one lap in Thursday evening practice the session was red flagged because of a non-racing emergency. The weather was also against the riders as it was wet on the mountain mile which made travelling at speed on slick tyres impossible.
But once the emergency was cleared the racing continued which allowed Ben and Tom Birchall to go out for another lap of the 37.37-mile mountain course.
By this time the rain had stopped and the roads were beginning to dry and the Birchall brothers posted a creditable time of 20m 20.601 – 111.280mph.
Due to the disrupted qualifying throughout the week Friday’s session for the sidecars has been rescheduled and will now take place between 8.05pm and 8.35pm and if all goes well the teams should be able to get two laps of the course under their belts in final preparation for the first of the two three-lap races which takes place on Saturday at 2pm.