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TT 2016: Top Sidecar driver Ian Bell loses life

Former Isle of Man TT Sidecar winner Ian Bell has sadly died after an incident in the second Sidecar race a Keppel Gate.
Experienced Sidecar driver Ian Bell has sadly died following a crash at Ballaspur in the second Sidecar race at the Isle of Man TT on Friday.

The 58-year-old from Northumberland made his debut at the event in 1995, winning the newcomers trophy, and has finished on the podium five times during his career, claiming a prized race victory in 2003.

A statement issued by ACU Events on Friday evening said: “ACU Events Ltd regrets to announce that sidecar driver Ian Bell, 58, from Bedlington, Northumberland was killed following an accident at Ballaspur during today's Sidecar Race 2 at the Isle of Man TT Races. Ian was competing with his son Carl who was reported to be uninjured.

“Ian, a motorcycle dealer, was married to Trudi and had two children. ACU Events Ltd wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Ian's family and friends.”

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June 14, 2016 7:42 AM

mikethebikeagain: very sad news to hear about Ian's death,although an experienced TT competitor it just shows that if you are just a fraction off line the price can be high.Sincere condolences to his family,friends and team.
He didn't run off line. It's not my place to say what happened, but I spoke to a trusted and reliable source and it wasn't a mistake from Ian that lead to the crash. He's going to be missed by a lot of folk in the sidecar paddock.

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