Isle of Man News - POSTED Mon 11-06-2018

Ryan Kneen awarded Spirit of the TT Award

by TH

Ryan Kneen awarded Spirit of the TT Award

The brother of a TT rider who was killed during this year's event has been awarded the annual Spirit of the TT Award.

Ryan Kneen was presented with the accolade during a presentation on Senior Race Day.

His brother Dan died following an incident in a Superbike practice session in practice week.

Ryan, who was also competing at this year's event, went out at the back of the qualifying session the following evening to pay tribute to his brother.

The PokerStars Spirit of the TT Award is given annually to the person, or persons, who best represent the ethos and values of the TT Races.

Guy Templer is the Chief Operating Officer of The Stars Group – he says: "The Kneen family has shown incredible resilience and spirit and this was typified by Ryan's gesture in his tribute practice lap to his brother that received such an incredible reaction from the fans at the event and a remarkable surge of support on-line as well.”

MHK Rob Callister is the political member with responsibility Tourism and Motorsport – he says: "Everyone in the local community and the broader road racing scene, was affected by Dan's death.

"He was a hugely popular figure on the Isle of Man and made a great impact on everybody that met him. He will be sorely missed.

"It is entirely appropriate that this year’s PokerStars Spirit of the TT award goes to Ryan whose spirit and dignity is a shining example of the values and ethos of the event." 

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