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Who was Stefan Manoli? Mallory Park BSSO racer passes away

Shania Wilson April 11, 2022
Who was Stefan Manoli? Mallory Park BSSO racer passes away

The chairman of the British Scooter Sport Organisation (BSSO) has confirmed the death of scooter racer Stefan Manoli.

Manoli was one of the most recent team members to join Hornet Racing but sadly passed away after succumbing to injuries following an incident during a race at Mallory Park.

Fans and friends have paid tribute to the late racer, sending condolences to Stefan’s wife, Shelley, and their daughter Natasha.

We look at the career of Stefan Manoli.

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Who was Stefan Manoli?

Stefan Manoli, 54, was a Manchester-based scooter racer and newcomer at BSSO’s Hornet Racing.

His wife Shelley, with whom he shared daughter Natasha, said Manoli loved anything that involved a Vespa and slowly worked his way into racing.

ScooterLab reports Manoli was a late starter in the scooter world and passed his Direct Access test 13 years ago before going on to purchase a Vespa Primavera.

In a statement released by Dave Bristow, the Hornet Racing boss and BSSO chairman told fans Stefan had an “infectious enthusiasm” for racing and made “old campaigners” remember good feelings that often get lost after years in the scooter world.

Outside of racing, Manoli worked as a locksmith, ScooterLab reports.

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BSSO’s Stefan Manoli passes away

Stefan died at Mallory Park following a racing incident during the second lap of the first Production/4E race, ScooterLab reports. Medics attended the scene but Manoli succumbed to his injuries and passed away on 10 April.

Shelley said Stefan died “doing what he loved”, while BSSO chairman Dave Bristow quoted a fellow racer as saying: “We all know the risks when we enter the holding bay, but no-one expects or deserves not to go home that evening.”

Bristow continued: “I would personally, and on behalf of the BSSO committee, like to thank you all for your messages of condolence and support, the circuit organisers, staff and medics for their quick and professional actions, and the attending police for their understanding, courtesy and speed.”

Scooter fans pay tribute to late racer

Following the sad news of Stefan Manoli’s passing, BSSO fans took to social media to pay tribute.

One commented: “RIP Stefan. Condolences to family, friends, racers and team Hornet members.”

Another wrote: “So sad. We were very fond of Stefan, he was a lovely man. Stefan, you will be greatly missed at Wilkinson Racing, condolences to Stefan’s family.”

Someone added: “Very sad news indeed. Heartfelt condolences to Stefan’s family and all his friends and BSSO teammates.”

We would like to offer our condolences to Stefan Manoli’s family and friends at this difficult time.

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Shania is a Magazine Journalism graduate from the University of Derby. Her main passion is rooted in print journalism, however, she also branches out towards social media and is also interested in public relations. Outside of writing, Shania enjoys using social media, reading, and drinking coffee.