Northumberland racer dies in sidecar race

Ian and Carl Bell competing at a previous race meeting.
Ian and Carl Bell competing at a previous race meeting.

A Northumberland racer has died in an accident on the Isle of Man.

Ian Bell was competing in the annual Isle of Man TT Races festival on the island with his son Carl when the accident happened.

Mr Bell, Bedlington, was taking part in the second race today (Friday) when the incident happened.

The 58-year-old motorcycle dealer was driving the sidecar while his son escaped with injuries, organisers said.

A statement from organisers ACU Events said: “ACU Events Ltd regrets to announce that sidecar driver Ian Bell, 58, from Bedlington, 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.

“He made his TT Races debut in 1995, winning the newcomers trophy, and achieved five podiums during his TT career including a race win in 2003.

“ACU Events Ltd wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Ian’s family and friends.”