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TT Practice Report (Saturday 24 May 2003) 25 May 2003

Practising for the 2003 TT got under way in mixed conditions last night. After a quarter-of-an-hour delay while a road traffic accident and mud on the road at Sarah's Cottage were dealt with, nearly all the star names were out, including outright lap record holder, 30-year-old David Jefferies, from Baildon in West Yorkshire.

A number of fairly fast laps were put in, but teething troubles with the new transponder automatic timing system were sufficient to prevent the publication of lap times and speeds, but it is anticipated that the problems will have been overcome by the next practice session which is scheduled for early Bank Holiday Monday morning.

There were a number of incidents during last night's practice. The most serious befell George Spence, from Cupar, who crashed his 1000cc Yamaha on the Verandah. He was taken to Noble's Hospital by medical helicopter suffering from possible major injuries.

The female passenger in the all-French sidecar pairing of Pierre and Maryse Duval sustained head injuries when she fell out of the outfit exiting Governor's Bridge. Her condition is thought to be not serious. Francis Heath escaped injury in a spill at Union Mills, while there were two crashes at Bedstead Corner. Kiwi newcomer Daniel Jansen received minor injuries, as did Swedish competitor Martin Hamberg.

Finally, another French-driven sidecar hit trouble at the Waterworks. Jean-Claude Kestler and his passenger escaped injury when they came to grief on the tricky series of right-handers between Ramsey Hairpin and the Gooseneck.

TT practising continues tomorrow morning and evening, with the De Montford Pre-TT Classic meeting on the Billown Circuit sandwiched between. There is also a moto-cross at West Kimmeragh, Bride, today.

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