Two more riders killed at Isle of Man TT Races

There have been five fatalities this year

BY Newstalk 15:53 Saturday 11 June 2016, 15:53 11 Jun 2016

Picture by: John Marsh / EMPICS Sport

Two motorcyclists competing in the Isle of Man TT Races have died, bringing the total number of fatalities at this year's event to five.

Sidecar driver Ian Bell, 58, of Bedlington, Northumberland, was killed in a crash at Ballaspur. He was racing with his son Carl, who is said to be uninjured.

Andrew Soar, 32, of Loughborough, Leicestershire, died in an accident at Keppel Gate during the senior race.
A spokesman for the event's organisers, ACU Events Ltd, said it wished to "pass on their deepest sympathy" to the family and friends of the drivers.

The spokesman said Bell was a motorcycle dealer and a married father-of-two.

"He made his TT Races debut in 1995, winning the newcomers trophy, and achieved five podiums during his TT career including a race win in 2003," he said.

"Andrew was an experienced competitor on the TT Mountain Course," he added.

"He made his Mountain Course debut at the Manx Grand Prix in 2012 finishing runner-up in both the Newcomers A race and Senior MGP in his first year.

"He won the Senior MGP in 2014 and made his first appearance at the TT in 2015."

On the first day of the races on 4 June sidecar driver Dwight Beare, 27, and motorcyclist Paul Shoesmith, 50, were killed.

Dean Martin, 58, died from injuries suffered in a crash during practice for the Pre-TT classic on 28 May.

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