Father-and-son team killed in Isle of Man TT sidecar race crash

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Organisers of the Isle of Man TT race have confirmed the death of a father-and-son team after their sidecar crashed in Friday’s racing.

Roger and Bradley Stockon, aged 56 and 21 respectively, from Crewe formed the Dennis Menace Racing team. This year’s event marked driver Roger’s 20th race in 11 TT appearances, and passenger Bradley’s first.

A statement from the Isle of Man TT read: “It is with deep sense of sorrow that the Isle of Man TT Races can announce the loss of Roger and Bradley Stockton following an incident on the final lap of the second Sidecar Race of the 2022 Isle of Man TT Races.

“Roger and Bradley were father and son, and driver and passenger respectively. We extend our deepest sympathy to their families, loved ones and friends.

“The loss of two members of our paddock and two people from the same family is truly heart-breaking, but the bond between a father and son who achieved their dream to compete together at the TT provides us with a glimmer of light at such a dark time.”

Speaking earlier in the year, Roger Stockton said: "I've retired a few times before, but always come back for my love of the sport. Going around the course with my own flesh and blood will be incredible."

This year’s TT event, the first after two years of Covid-related cancellations, has been marred by five fatalities, the most since 2014.

Welsh motorbike rider Mark Purslow died when crashing in Supersport qualifying before Cesar Chanel lost his life in a sidecar crash, after which organisers incorrectly announced the passing of his teammate. Veteran racer Davy Morgan was killed on Monday.

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