Michael Rutter ended up fastest in the Superstock practice session on Tuesday afternoon, but it proved to be the closest class of the day with the top three riders separated by just five tenths of a second.
Having finished second fastest in Superbike practice to Alistair Seeley, Rutter turned the tables on his Bathams BMW Superstock machine. He pipped Seeley to the fastest time by just a tenth of a second with Lee Johnston ending up third fastest.
Ian Hutchinson was fourth fastest ahead of Dean Harrison and Martin Jessopp. Michael Dunlop was seventh fastest, finishing ahead of Peter Hickman, William Dunlop, and Horst Saiger.
The session was reduced to 25 minutes in length with the proceedings having been delayed right from the off. A road traffic incident on the circuit led to the newcomers session getting away late consequently reducing the duration of the rest of the sessions. It ran right to the 3pm limit having been red flagged just a couple of minutes in.
A course car got stuck on the apex of the chicane at the end of the start/finish straight, leading to a number of officials having to ‘bounce’ it out of the way:
They had initially tried to control the situation under a yellow flag but when riders got very close to hitting the car it was red flagged.