Isle of Man TT race winner Tony Rutter has died
Seven-time Isle of Man TT race winner Tony Rutter has died at the age of 78 following a short illness.
Tony Rutter, father of fellow racer Michael, enjoyed a successful career throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
Alongside his seven TT victories, achieved between 1973 and 1985, he also won nine races at the North West 200. Rutter's 1977 350cc victory is a historic one after he and Ray McCullough crossed the line at the exact same time. This remains the only tie in the history of the event. As a result of his success, Rutter was inducted into the NW200 Hall of Fame.
Rutter also won four consecutive TT Formula Two World Championships for Ducati between 1981 and 1984, and secured two British championships during his career.
Michael Rutter released the following statement earlier today, announcing his father's passing.
"It is with sadness that after a period of poor health, dad passed away earlier today. I was with him when he died at about 2AM last night and he was very peaceful.
"It makes me smile how dad lived his life exactly how he wanted to and how he got away with so much!
"He will probably be best remembered for winning the world TT-F2 championship four times on a Ducati, as well as seven Isle of Man TT wins, nine North West 200 wins, and two British championship titles during his 22 year career.
"I’d like to say a big thank you to his carers for taking such good care of him and all his fans and supporters."