Kiwi Bruce Anstey has topped the Superbikes and was on the podium in two other categories in qualifying at day three of the Isle of Man TT races this week.
The former Wellington rider (pictured above), this year racing for the Padgetts Honda Race Team, finished third in qualifying in Superstock and third in the Supersport class.
Meanwhile, the harsh reality that the Isle of Man public street race circuit is perhaps the most dangerous place to race in the world was again confirmed with the news there had been more deaths at the track this year.
A statement has been issued by ACU Events Ltd following the incident during the second sidecar practice on Tuesday evening (Wednesday morning NZ time) which saw the session brought to an end.
It reads: “ACU Events Ltd regret to announce that sidecar competitor Bill Currie, 67, from Ellesmere Port, Cheshire and his passenger Kevin Morgan, 59, from Shrewsbury were both killed during the second sidecar qualifying session at the 2011 Isle of Man TT Races following an incident at Ballacrye in the North of the Island. The session was immediately red flagged following the incident.”
“Bill was an experienced racer who first competed at the TT Races in 1969, when he recorded a third place finish. He finished 8th in last year’s TT sidecar Race in his fastest ever race time of 107.944. Kevin made his TT debut in 1984. This was the first year that the pair had competed together.”
“Bill was divorced with two children and Kevin was single with two sons. The ACU wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of both competitors.”
ACU Events Managing Director Jim Parker said: “I have known both Bill and Kevin for many years and am deeply saddened by their untimely death. They were a huge part of the sidecar paddock and will be sorely missed by everyone involved in the event.”
The statement adds the Coroner of Inquests has been informed and an investigation into the circumstances of the accident is underway.
Information courtesy TT press release
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