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Competitor Profile: Werner Haas

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NSU’s Werner Haas rode in four TT races, in 1953 and 1954. Three on the Mountain Course and once on the newly introduced Clypse Course in the latter year. Analysis of his results will show one retirement; two runner-up places and one win. Little known outside Germany before 1952, Werner’s arrival in the Isle of Man as part of the ‘works’ NSU team with the experienced Bill Lomas as teammate. All went well during practice, until the final session, when Lomas fell at Sulby Bridge putting out of that years TT. However, Haas did not disappoint in his debut year, finishing 41 seconds behind MV teamster Les Graham and finishing two seconds ahead of Cecil Sandford, Graham’s teammate. In the Lightweight Race, the German went into the lead in the massed start race, the NSU twin easily outpacing the single cylinder Guzzi of Fergus Anderson. By Ramsey the wily Scot was in the lead and with, mist on the Mountain used his course knowledge to eventually lead the NSU rider home by some 17 seconds. In turn Werner was over four minutes ahead of Siegfried Wuensche on the DKW. If 1953 had been a fine baptism to the Mountain Course, 1954 was to prove the German’s ability as a master of the ‘Mountain’ taking victory in the Lightweight 250 TT by 44.2 seconds from Ruppert Hollaus, with Reg Armstrong third – both of whom were his team-mates! His luck was to change in the Ultra Lightweight race, being held on the 10.79 mile Clypse Course for the first time as he was forced to retire during the race with mechanical trouble. Werner Haas retired at the end of the 1954 season after NSU announced their withdrawal from Grand Prix racing. Having won the 125 and 250 world titles in 1953, he retained the 250 crown in 1954. Taking up flying as an interest, he sadly lost his life in an accident in November 1956.

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