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Thursday 23 June 2016
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John McGuinness leaps Ballaugh Bridge on his way to winning the 1999 Lightweight TT

One of the undoubted highlights of this year’s Classic TT presented by Bennetts will be the full return of racing for 250cc two-stroke GP machines around the TT Mountain Circuit with the introduction of a new Lightweight Race into the schedule for the 2016 meeting.

A mainstay of the TT programme for decades, 250cc two-stroke machines were fazed out of the event in 2004, as the motorcycle industry focussed its efforts on the four stroke market with the emergence of Superbike, Superstock and Supersport racing globally.

Some of today’s leading TT stars originally made their name on 250cc machines, with John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey recording their first TT wins on them in 1999 and 2002 respectively with McGuinness’s 118.29 from 1999 the current Mountain Course lap record for 250cc machines. 

After a week of qualifying which begins on Saturday 20th August, the 2016 Classic TT presented by Bennetts race programme will get underway on Saturday 27th August. In a nod to tradition, the Bennetts 500cc Classic TT Race changes name to become the Senior Classic TT which will be followed by the much anticipated Lightweight Classic TT Race on Saturday.

The Classic TT Races conclude on Monday 29th August with the Okells Junior Classic TT Race, formerly the 350cc Race, and the Motorsport Merchandise Superbike Classic TT Race, previously the F1.  The Superbike Classic TT will be a stand-alone race for the first time.

The Classic TT is now in its fourth year since it was introduced to the Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling in 2013 alongside the Manx Grand Prix. It has seen significant growth with rising attendances, increased media coverage, free to air TV coverage in the UK and internationally, new commercial partners and close, spectacular racing as Classic Racing specialists have gone head to head with some of the world’s leading road racers.

Grandstand tickets are available for Friday’s final qualifying session priced at £5.  All prior qualifying sessions are free for the main Grandstand.

There are also race day tickets available for both Classic TT race days on Saturday 27th and Monday 29th as welll as Grandstand VIP and Platinum hospitality tickets. To purchase tickets go to or phone Duke Marketing on (00 44) 1624 640011.

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