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Saturday, 3 June, 2000, 17:53 GMT 18:53 UK
Dunlop wins TT race
Isle of Man
Challenging course has claimed three lives this year
Northern Ireland motorcycle racer Joey Dunlop has won his 24th Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) at the Formula One event.

The 48-year-old publican from Armoy, County Antrim, riding a Honda, won the 226-mile six-lap race around the Isle of Man roads in a time of one hour, 52 minutes, 15.3 seconds.

Michael Rutter finished second, 59.6 seconds behind, with John McGuinness third, a further 23.1 seconds back.

The race began with Dunlop holding a narrow lead over last year's winner Dave Jefferies.

Competitor since 1976

The positions remained unchanged until Jefferies retired with engine trouble on the fifth lap.

This left Dunlop in a clear lead and he rode on unchallenged to victory.

Joey has been racing on the island since 1976.

The Isle of Man TT races around the tight mountainous roads of the island situated off the north-west coast of England present some of the most challenging events known in motorcycling.

The races, which have been held annually since 1907, have claimed the lives of 196 competitors over the years.

Three people, including 49-year-old Raymond Hanna from Tandragee, County Armagh, have already died in practice and qualifying for this year's races.

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