SURTEES, ONLY TWO AND FOUR WHEEL CHAMPION, DIES AGED 83

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John Surtees, the only man to win world championships on two and four wheels, died on Friday aged 83.

" He was undoubtedly one of the greatest people in the history of motorsport, " said Murray Walker, the 93 year-old broadcasting legend. " His death is a hammer blow for me and British motorsport".

Surtees won six world championship races in a F1 career that spanned 12 years and more than 100 starts for teams such as Lotus and Ferrari, with whom he won the world title in 1964.

He was also the four-time 500cc motorcycle world champion, winning his first title in 1956 at the age of 22 - the youngest ever - then again in 1958, 1959 and 1960. He also competed in the Isle of Man TT, a race that he won six times, and a special tribute to him is featured in The Little Book of TT, which G2 is releasing in May.

The book also includes profile of Geoff Duke, winner of six World Championships and six Isle of Man TT races during the 1950s and the first ever rider to compete in a streamlined leather one-piece, who died in May 2015 aged 92.

The official publication - approved by the Isle of Man’s Department of Economic Development  - is written by TT experts Jon Stroud and Dave Moore and includes exclusive pictures from the race archives.

Isle of Man TT 2017 takes place from Saturday May 27 to Friday June 9. Split into a two-week festival the racing takes place during the second week with races on Saturday June 3, Monday June 5, Wednesday June 7 and Friday June 9.

 

 


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