William Dunlop from Ballymoney, brother of Michael, the son of the late Robert, and the nephew of legendary TT racer Joey Dunlop has passed away following an incident at the Skerries 100.
William started racing 125 cc bikes at the age of 17.
A statement on behalf of the organisers read: “The Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club, organisers of the Skerries 100, deeply regrets to announce that competitor William Dunlop of Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, has passed away following injuries received in a tragic accident that occurred during practise which took place today 7th July 2018.
“The Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club extends their heartfelt sympathy to William Dunlop’s family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very sad time.”
Causeway Coast Community understands that William was taking part in an Open race practice session on his Temple Golf Club-backed R1 Yamaha when he crashed at the Sam’s Tunnel section of the 2.9-mile circuit on the third lap around 17:00 BST.
Red flags were immediately displayed to halt the session and medics and Gardai attended the scene.
Councillor Darryl Wilson said “Absolutely devastating news coming through about William Dunlop this evening, utterly heartbreaking news for William’s family, friends, the people of Ballymoney and the entire road racing fraternity. Can I take this opportunity to extend my deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to all affected by this awful tragedy.”
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