Motorsport: Death toll from this year’s Isle of Man race has now reached four

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The highly prestigious motorsport event, the Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy), has claimed another life on Friday when British sidecar driver Ian Bell and experienced solo rider Andrew Soar were killed in separate accidents at the prestigious motorcycling festival. The death toll from this year’s Isle of Man TT races has now reached to four.

Ian Bell, a 58-years-old motorcycle dealer, was killed at the Isle of Man TT during a sidecar race on the treacherous Snaefell Mountain Course, while 32-years-old Andrew Soar , an experienced competitor on the Mountain Course, has died in an accident at Keppel Gate during the closing Senior TT race. The two are the latest victims on the record-breaking week of racing, Isle of Man.

Reports said that Bell was driving with his son Carl Bell in the sidecar when he crashed at Ballaspur. Carl Bell, who was his passenger at the time, was uninjured in the crash.

Australian sidecar driver Dwight Beare was also killed during a sidecar race. 50-year-old motorcyclist Paul Shoesmith was killed on June 5, this year while competing for the Isle of Man TT race.

The International Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Race is a motorcycle sports event held annually on the Isle of Man in May or June of each year. The Isle of Man TT, which has been running since 1907 was administered by the Auto-Cycle Club. It consists of one week of practice sessions followed by one week of racing.

The famous race, which has been traditionally run in a time-trial format on public roads closed for racing, is the most prestigious motor-cycle race in the world and also ranks among the most dangerous in motorsport.  The event is also seen as the ultimate test for competitors and machines alike.

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