A FATHER and son from Cheshire have been killed while racing at the Isle of Man TT.

Roger Stockton, 56, and his 21-year-old son Bradley lost their lives while taking part in Sidecar racing on Friday, June 10.

The pair, from Crewe, had been on the final lap of the second Sidecar race of the TT when the incident happened at Ago’s Leap, taking the number of rider deaths at this year’s event to five.

Roger was taking part in his 20th race at what was his 11th TT appearance, while Bradley was making just his second start.

The news was confirmed on the Isle of Man TT Races official facebook page.

They posted: “It is with deep sense of sorrow that the Isle of Man TT Races can announce the loss of Roger and Bradley Stockton following an incident on the final lap of the second Sidecar Race of the 2022 Isle of Man TT Races.

“Roger and Bradley were father and son, and driver and passenger respectively.

“The loss of two members of our paddock and two people from the same family is truly heart-breaking, but the bond between a father and son who achieved their dream to compete together at the TT provides us with a glimmer of light at such a dark time.

“We extend our deepest sympathy to their families, loved ones and friends.

“Whilst it was Bradley’s first TT as a competitor, it was by no means his first experience of the TT, having grown up in the paddock and made his first visit as a one-year-old.

“Aged 16, he decided that he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and asked if he could race alongside him as his passenger.

“Once he had returned to the Isle of Man to begin studying the course, he said ‘he couldn’t wait to race in the TT‘.

“Roger’s first TT was in 2000. He competed regularly until 2008 and returned in 2010, 2017, and for this year’s event.

“Speaking earlier in the year, he said: ‘I’ve retired a few times before, but always come back for my love of the sport. Going around the course with my own flesh and blood will be incredible.’

The deaths follow that of Cesar Chanal, who died on Saturday in a crash during a sidecar race, where mistaken identity meant it was initially announced it was his passenger Olivier Lavorel who had been killed. Organisers released a statement apologising for their error.

Welsh rider Mark Purslow was killed in qualifying last week and Northern Ireland’s Davy Morgan died after an accident in Monday’s Supersport Race.