SA racing legend Gavin Ramsay dies at Killarney race track


SA motorsport suffered yet another grievous blow as veteran Gavin Ramsay is killed in a horrific crash.


Motorcycle rider Ramsay was killed in a crash at the annual ‘Passion for Speed International Historic’ race at Killarney. Ramsay was the owner of Gavin Ramsay Motorcycles in Boksburg, Johannesburg.

Oil on the track

A rival motorcyclist crashed and spilled oil on the track. Witnesses saw Ramsay sliding in the oil, causing him to lose control of his Suzuki GSX-R and crashing to the ground.

Killarney’s executive manager Des Easom says an investigation into the accident – to determine the exact cause – is open.

Easom says, “He was an experienced rider from Boksburg, and a multiple South African champion. Unfortunately, he passed away from injuries sustained from the accident.”

Ramsay finished fifth in the day’s first race in the international SA TT series for pre-1989 motorcycles. At the first event of the 2017, season held at Zwartkops, just a week earlier, he emerged the victor.

Ramsay is a stalwart of SA motorcycle racing; 30 years ago, as part of the Winston Yamaha team, he won the 1987 400cc Production Motorcycle championship. In 1989 he was a double champion, winning both the 400cc and 600cc Production Motorcycle classes.

Article originally published on Wheels24

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