Wells started his TT career in 1988. Wells raced along the Mountain Course for more than two decades. He scored two TT wins, eight podium finishes and another 10 top six positions. Wells last raced at the Isle of Man alongside Roy Hanks in the number 9 Sidecar.
Manx Grand Prix and Southern 100 press officer Phil Edge, said:
“Dave Wells was a devoted TT competitor having ridden in the Sidecar races every year since 1988, with the exception of 2001 when the TT races were cancelled due to the foot-and-mouth epidemic in the UK… Dave Wells competed in 42 TT races between 1998 and 2011, taking victory twice, finishing second three times; third five times and finishing in the top six another 10 times during a 23-year TT career… There will be a massive void in the TT paddock in 2012, but one that that will be all the more richer with the fond memories of Dave Wells for his professionalism and enjoyment he provided for sport he loved and lived for – Sidecar Racing. A very special Guy!”
Mallory Park’s general manager John Ward said:
“He is going to be greatly missed by everybody, he was a fantastic character who loved his racing, loved his sport.”
Wells death is the third major racing death in the last month. Marco Simoncelli passed away after a crash during a MotoGP race last week, and earlier this month, Dan Wheldon died during an Indycar race.