Belfast Telegraph

Two dead as tragedy strikes at Manx GP

By Paul Lindsay

Yesterday’s Junior Manx Grand Prix race was marred by tragedy with the deaths of James Adam from Prestwick and Chris Bradshaw from Birmingham.

Bradshaw, a 39 year-old Traffic Police Officer, and 28 year-old Adam, who was a serving officer in the Royal Navy, were involved in the same incident at Alpine Cottage on lap two, with the race immediately red flagged and later abandoned.

Clerk of Course Phil Taubman subsequently declared a result from the end of the opening lap of a scheduled four.

Simon Fulton was declared the winner, also becoming the first MGP rider to lap the circuit at over 120mph, since Donegal’s Seamus Greene in 2005, with a speed of 120.329mph.

Early contender for podium honours Dan Sayle, better known for his sidecar TT victories in the chair, crashed uninjured at Signpost.

However, Monday’s MGP Newcomer A winner Tim Venables, also parted company with his machine, this time at Greeba and he was immediately rushed to hospital on the island.

Venables condition was described as critical in Nobles Hospital late last night.

North Dublin rider Michael Sweeney was awarded second spot on the Junior podium with Drogheda’s Wayne Kirwin third.

Yesterday’s 4-lap Senior Classic Manx Grand Prix has been re-scheduled for today, commencing at 12.15pm.

It will be followed by practice sessions for Lightweight, Ultra Lightweight and Senior machines.

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