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French racer died after crashing into wall

Wed, 10 Jun 2015

A French motorbike racer who died during a qualifying session at this year’s TT Races crashed into a stone wall.

The inquest into the death of 32-year-old Franck Petricola was officially opened at Douglas Courthouse today.

He crashed at Sulby Crossroads, during Superbike qualifying, on June 3rd suffering massive blunt force trauma.

A post mortem showed the TT newcomer, who was a car mechanic by trade, had suffered injuries to his head, thorax and abdomen.

His inquest has now been adjourned to a date to be fixed.

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