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Sidecar legend Dave Molyneux retires following TT2024

Dave Molyneux at the corner on the TT Course named after him

60-year-old reached his first podium since 2017 this year

The Isle of Man TT Races has paid tribute to one the 'greatest competitors the TT has ever seen'.

Dave Molyneux, who's the most successful sidecar driver in the festival's history, has officially announced his retirement.

The 60-year-old is hanging up his leathers nearly 40 years after making his debut at the event and after securing a podium in the second race at this year's TT, where his godson Jake Roberts was his passenger.

Molyneux has taken a record 17 wins and 31 podiums since making his debut in 1985.

His own engineering skills have been described as a major part of his success, as he constantly strove for perfection around the Mountain Course with his own DMR creation and the chassis he constantly evolved.

Said to employ sidecar technology and theories ahead of their time, Molyneux’s engineering skills are described as "second to none".

Despite dominating racing at the TT, his last few campaigns haven't gone so smoothly.

His last podium finish before this year was in 2017, and he hasn't won a race since 2014.

Paul Phillips, Head of Motorsport says “Dave is undoubtedly one of the greatest competitors the TT has ever seen. His determination to win has always been matched by his ability to innovate and he has been at the forefront of sidecar racing for decades.

"I've known Dave all my life and he has been a massive help to me personally during my time working on the TT with advice and support for which I will be forever grateful.

"Seeing him score a podium finish at this year's TT was such a highlight and it is great to see a true living legend go out on such a high note. He leaves the event with a remarkable legacy for current and future champions to aspire to.”

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