TT rider Mark Purslow has passed away after an incident during the fourth qualifying session of the Isle of Man TT Races.
The event has been running since 1907, and has seen more than 250 fatalities during its history.
After a two-year absence brought on by Covid-19, this year marks the return of the TT.
Mark Purslow died in a car accident on June 1, 2022, at the age of 29, near Ballagarey on his third lap, shortly before the fourth mile marker.
The Welshman was on his third lap when the tragic accident took place.
The Isle of Man TT Races confirming the horrific news wrote in a statement: “We would like to extend our deepest condolences to Mark’s family, loved ones, and friends.
“The TT Races will continue – but always with Mark in mind.”
They then added: “2022 was Mark’s second appearance at the Isle of Man TT Races, having previously contested the Supersport and Lightweight races in 2017.
“He had graduated from the Manx Grand Prix where he had won the 2015 Lightweight Race on his debut, and he had also competed at the Classic TT securing a best finish of 14th in the 2019 Junior Classic TT.
“Mark grew up around racing and was inspired by his father’s love of the sport. He typified the spirit of the privateer TT racer, preparing his own machinery with the support of friends and family.
“Road racing was his passion – competing in Northern Ireland and Europe in the International Road Racing Championship – but becoming a TT racer was a life’s ambition that represented the ultimate personal challenge.”