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Competitor Profile: Rupert Hollaus

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Ruppert Hollaus only competed in the Isle of Man in one year, 1954. Riding for the German NSU ‘works’ team he made an impressive debut in the Lightweight 250cc TT. Reduced to a three laps of the Mountain Course, in what was a rare massed start race, he came home runner-up to teammate Werner Haas who had led from start to finish. In the first event on the 10.79 Clypse Course, the Ultra Lightweight [125cc] proved to be a great success, despite there being only nine finishers in the ten lap race. Austrian Hollaus and Italian Carlo Ubbiali [MV] fought a real ‘short circuit’ battle throughout, with the NSU mounted rider taking the chequered flag by just four seconds. Such was the pace that third placed Cecil Sandford was nearly four and a half minutes adrift, while Haas, crashed without injury in his attempt to catch the two leaders. Unfortunately, he was killed in practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, later that year. Ruppert Hollaus became the first posthumous World Champion in 1954, in the 125cc class and was runner up to Werner Haas in the 250cc category.

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