Isle of Man TT 2015: Ted Fenwick wins Billown race aged 87

By Mark EdwardsBBC Sport
Ted Fenwick
During his racing career, Ted Fenwick has been hospitalised on several occasions, breaking many bones.

A grandfather from York has won his fifth Pre-TT Classic title at the age of 87 after storming to victory in the 250cc singles race at Billown.

Ted Fenwick piloted his 250cc Ducati to an emphatic 18-second victory, beating a field more than half his age.

Held over six laps of the 4.25-mile circuit in the south of the Isle of Man, the retired engineer averaged close to 73mph.

Event spokesman Phil Edge said he was a "credit to his sport".

Edge continued: "He was magnificent and we are all pleased to see him win again.

Ted Fenwick
Ted Fenwick averaged almost 73mph over the six-lap race.

"We look forward to welcoming back with the number 88 next year."

Fenwick finished the race 18 seconds ahead of Rod Graham, who was himself 31 seconds clear of Henry Bell in third place.

He discovered his love of motorbikes as a teenager and raced all over the UK for 20 years before taking a break from the sport to raise his family.

Fenwick returned to racing in 1982 and has been coming back to the Isle of Man for the past 28 years.

During his racing career, he has been hospitalised on several occasions, breaking many bones along the way.

The Pre-TT Classic Road Races act as the traditional curtain raiser for the TT fortnight on the Isle of Man.

1st Ted Fenwick72.473mph
2nd Rod Graham71.467mph
3rd Henry Bell69.784mph