Tom Phillis

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Tom Phillis
Nationality Australian
Born (1934-04-09)9 April 1934
Sydney, Australia
Died 6 June 1962(1962-06-06) (aged 28)
Isle of Man
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1958 - 1962
First race 1958 350cc Isle of Man TT
Last race 1962 350cc Isle of Man TT
First win 1961 125cc Spanish Grand Prix
Last win 1961 250cc Argentine Grand Prix
Team(s) Honda
Championships 125cc - 1961
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
35 6 20 N/A 9 114

Thomas Edward Phillis (9 April 1934 in Sydney – 6 June 1962) was a Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. In 1961, he won Honda's first championship race when he took the 1961 125cc Spanish Grand Prix. He went on to win the FIM 1961 125cc World Championship.[1] This was also Honda's first world championship.

Phillis was married to Betty and they had two children. He died while competing in the 1962 Isle of Man TT, crashing on the second lap of the Junior TT at Laurel Bank.[2] He was cremated and his ashes were scattered at the TT race course startline.[3] The defending 500 cc world champion, Gary Hocking, was so affected by the death of his friend that he immediately retired from competitive motorcycling.

Motorcycle Grand Prix results [4][edit]

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6
Points 8 6 4 3 2 1

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Points Rank Wins
1958 350cc Norton IOM
32
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
SWE
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
0 - 0
500cc Norton IOM
18
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
SWE
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
0 - 0
1959 350cc Norton FRA
-
IOM
NC
GER
-
SWE
-
ULS
5
NAT
-
2 13th 0
500cc Norton FRA
-
IOM
16
GER
-
NED
-
BEL
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
0 - 0
1960 125cc Honda IOM
10
NED
-
BEL
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
0 - 0
250cc Honda IOM
NC
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
ULS
2
NAT
-
6 6th 0
350cc Norton FRA
-
IOM
NC
NED
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
0 - 0
500cc Norton FRA
-
IOM
4
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
ULS
6
NAT
-
4 11th 0
1961 125cc Honda ESP
1
GER
NC
FRA
1
IOM
3
NED
1
BEL
2
DDR
2
ULS
3
NAT
4
SWE
6
ARG
1
44 1st 4
250cc Honda ESP
2
GER
NC
FRA
1
IOM
2
NED
NC
BEL
2
DDR
4
ULS
4
NAT
3
SWE
6
ARG
1
38 2nd 2
350cc Norton GER
-
IOM
NC
NED
1
DDR
1
ULS
1
NAT
1
SWE
-
0 - 0
500cc Norton GER
-
FRA
-
IOM
3
NED
-
BEL
-
DDR
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
SWE
-
ARG
-
4 12th 0
1962 50cc Honda ESP
8
FRA
-
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
ULS
-
DDR
-
NAT
-
FIN
-
ARG
-
0 - 0
125cc Honda ESP
-
FRA
-
IOM
3
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
ULS
-
DDR
-
NAT
-
FIN
-
ARG
-
4 13th 0
250cc Honda ESP
3
FRA
3
IOM
3
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
ULS
-
DDR
-
NAT
-
FIN
-
ARG
-
12 4th 0
350cc Honda IOM
NC
NED
-
ULS
-
DDR
-
NAT
-
FIN
-
0 - 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tom Phillis career statistics at MotoGP.com
  2. ^ "Tom Phillis". Motor Cycle (London: Iliffe Publications Ltd) 108 (3079): 792. 14 June 1962. 
  3. ^ Tom Phillis career profile at Motorsport Memorial
  4. ^ Tom Phillis at iomtt.com


Preceded by
Carlo Ubbiali
125cc Motorcycle World Champion
1961
Succeeded by
Luigi Taveri