TT 2016: Sidecar driver Ian Bell killed in crash

Ian Bell and Carl Bell pictured during in action at this year's Isle of Man TT.
Ian Bell and Carl Bell pictured during in action at this year's Isle of Man TT.
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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.”