Britain's famous motor-cycle racer, ten-time, world champion Mike Hailwood failed by only three and a half seconds to end his career on a winning note in his final Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) race.
Britain's famous motor-cycle racer, ten-time, world champion Mike Hailwood failed by only three and a half seconds to end his career on a winning note in his final Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) race. That was the margin by which he was beaten by twenty-nine year old Scotsman, Alex George, in the two hundred and twenty six mile (three hundred and sixty-four kilometres) Isle of Man Classic on Friday (8 June).
SYNOPSIS: It was a staggered start.
Hailwood was set to win.
Soussan and Haslam start, and then it's Hailwood's turn.
A huge crowd saw Hailwood, number six, get a better start than Bill Simpson.
Number eight, Charlie Williams, came third in the race.
And here's the eventual winner, number nine, Alex George.
Hailwood, riding a five hundred c.c. Suzuki, knows the dangerous Isle of Man circuit well. Last Monday (4 June), he won his fourteenth senior Tourist Trophy race here.
Hailwood took a two second lead early in the race..
But Alex George's 1,000 cc Honda had too much power.
Hailwood snatched the lead going into the final lap.
George came back again, and, in winning, clocked a record average speed of one hundred and thirteen point eight miles (one hundred and eighty-two kilometres) per hour. His winning margin over Hailwood was only three point four seconds.
Third placegetter, Charlie William, number eight, was more than three minutes further behind.
Hailwood rode the two hundred and twenty-six miles (three hundred and sixty four kilometres) in two hours and ten seconds.
George's victory won him ten thousand pounds.
George said later he didn't think he could do it. As for Hailwood: "Fantastic race", he said, "A pleasure to come second to Alex George. And that's it....definitely my last race."