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Ralph Rensen

Record type: Motorsport Biographies

Biography: Age 28, Ralph Rensen is both an engineer and a Liverpudlian. His successes in the early '50's included second place at Rhydymwyn in the 350 c.c. class, Easter 1953, third in the 350 c.c. and fourth in the 500 c.c. at Altcar in 1954, while he has also competed at Eppynt, Aintree and Brough, and in the Carrowdore "100" and the Mid-Antrim "150." In the 1954 North-West "200" he was eighth in the 350 c.c. (being placed second on handicap), second in the Open handicap and winner of the Newcomers Handicap.

His efforts in 1955 brought fifth in the 350 c.c. race at Oulton Park and eighth in the Aintree meeting, once again in the 330 c.c. class. He was third in the 350 c.c. race at Altcar, and 15th in the Ulster Grand Prix. In the Senior T.T. he was 23rd, winning a bronze replica.

Ralph was placed well up the list in the 1950 T.T., being 15th in the Junior and 11th in the Senior, but he did not have much luck in 1957—he was 53rd In the Junior, but retired in both Lightweight and Senior races.

Ralph was placed well up the list in the 1956 T.T., being 15th in the Junior and 11th in the Senior, but he did not have much luck in 1957 - he was 53rd in the Junior, but retired in both Lightweight and Senior races.

In 1958 he won the "350" class of the Tandragee "I00", and the 350 c.c. class of the Cookstown "100." He was 13th in the Junior T.T. and 12th in the Senior, collecting a couple of "Silvers," and he went on to win the 350 c.c. classes of the KiIlinchy "150", the Skerries "100", the Mid-Antrim "150" and the Temple "100".

In 1959 he did even better in the TT. - he was 11th in the Junior and 9th in the Senior, with two more "Silvers", and he then had many successes in Irish races, including firsts in the 500 c.c. class of the Leinster "200", the Killinchy "150", the Mid-Antrim "150" and the Skerries and Carrowdore 100's".

Last year Ralph was fifth in the Junior T.T. and tenth in the Senior, with a couple of Silver Replicas. In Ireland he was more seecessful than ever winning, amongst other races, the 500 c.c. class of the Leinster "200" and the Carrowdore, Cookstown, Skerries and Temple "100's". He wound up the season with a trip to Spain, where he won the 500 c.c. class of the El Retiro races at Madrid.

Early last April he won both 350 and 500 c.c. classes of the Circuit de Pau races, and a week later scored two first places and one second place at Le Mans. On 30th April he won both 350 and 500 c.c. classes at the Bourg-en-Bresse races in France. The following week-end he was second in the 350 c.c. class of the Saar Grand Prix and was third in the 500, whilst last month he was fourth inthe 350 c.c. class of the German Grand Prix. At Chimay, on Whit Sunday, he won the 125 and 500 c.c. races and was second in the 350. (TT Special, 16 June 1961, p. 8.)

Competed in

RacePositionTimeSpeedMachine
1961 Ultra Lightweight TT61:21:35.2083.26Bultaco
1961 Senior TTRNorton
1961 Junior TT32:25:03.0093.65Norton
1960 Senior TT102:23:08.0094.9Norton
1960 Lightweight TTRNSU
1960 Junior TT52:28:21.4091.57Norton
1959 Senior TT93:18:08.2079.99Norton
1959 Junior TT112:55:16.0090.41Norton
1958 Senior TT122:51:41.8092.29Norton
1958 Junior TT132:57:23.2089.34Norton
1957 Senior TTRNorton
1957 Lightweight TTRVelocette
1957 Junior TT533:31:46.4074.84Norton
1956 Senior TT112:56:28.8089.8Norton
1956 Junior TT153:12:18.6082.41Norton
1955 Senior TT333:06:39.4084.9Norton
1955 Junior TTRNorton
1954 Senior MGPR0AJS
1954 Junior MGP142:46:03.0081.81AJS
1953 Junior MGPR0Velocette

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