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Two deaths on the island course today

  • PUBLISHED SAT 23:51, 4 JUN 2016
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  • BY RAN DAVIES
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  • UPDATED FRI 23:26, 26 AUG 2016
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  • BY RAN DAVIES

The end of the road for Dwight Beare and Paul Shoesmith in separate incidents on 4th June 2016

In two separate red flagged incidents today on the island, two TT heroes tragically lost their lives.

In the first incident which happened during the Sidecar 1 race, sidecar driver Dwight Beare, 27, crashed near the Rhencullen section of the Mountain Course at about 14:10 BST.
His passenger, Benjamin Binns, was airlifted to the island's Noble's Hospital, with a fractured ankle. His condition was described as "stable".
Beare was originally from Melbourne, in Australia, but lived in Onchan, on the Isle of Man.
The race was immediately red-flagged following the accident but was later re-run.
Beare made his debut at the annual road racing event in 2014 and finished 12th in the second race of the week, with his father Noel as his passenger.
He returned last year and secured a 17th-place result. This is the ACU statement:

"ACU Events Ltd regrets to announce that Australian sidecar driver Dwight Beare, 27, originally from Melbourne, Australia who was a resident of Onchan in the Isle of Man was killed following an accident near Rhencullen during today's Sidecar Race 1 at the Isle of Man TT Races. The race was immediately red flagged.

"Dwight made his TT Races debut in 2014, achieving a 12th place in his second race on the Isle of Man when he competed with father Noel as his passenger. The pair returned to the Isle of Man TT last year, achieving a 17th place in the first sidecar race.

"Dwight's passenger Benjamin Binns, from the Isle of Man, was airlifted to Nobles Hospital where he was described as being stable with a fractured ankle.

"ACU Events Ltd wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Dwight's family and friends."

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(Image: Dwight Beare, left; Paul Shoesmith, right)

In the second incident at Sulby straight (one of the very fastest sections of the course) 50-year-old Paul Shoesmith lost his life.

STATEMENT ISSUED ON BEHALF OF ACU EVENTS LTD

ACU Events Ltd regrets to announce that Paul Shoesmith, 50, from Poynton, Lancashire was killed following an accident on Sulby Straight during this evening's solo practice at the Isle of Man TT Races. The session was abandoned.

Paul made his TT Races debut in 2005 and had a highest placed finish of 15th on the TT Mountain Course in both the Superbike and Senior Races in 2011. He also achieved finishes of 8th and 11th in the 2008 and 2009 Lightweight TT Races at the Billown circuit.

He achieved his fastest ever lap around the TT Mountain Course in today's Superbike Race, lapping at 125.896mph and finishing 29th. He won forty bronze replicas including the one he received for today's race.

Paul also operated his own Ice Valley Four Anjels Racing team and gave numerous riders the opportunity to compete at a high level in the TT races including many of the current race paddock.

ACU Events Ltd wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Paul's family and friends.

All of us at Manx Radio and Vauxhall Radio TT would also like to offer our thoughts and prayers to Paul's family and friends at this saddest of times. He will be hugely missed.



 



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