Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Biker killed in race event accident

A Co Antrim motorcyclist has died after a crash at a competition in the Republic

A father-of-three motorbike rider has died following a crash in a road race competition in the Republic.

Victor Gilmore, from Ballymoney, Co Antrim, slipped off his high-powered bike on the narrow circuit during the Killalane races in north Co Dublin.

He is the second rider to die during a road race in the area this year after Myles Byrne from Knocklyon, south Dublin, was killed during the Skerries 100 in July.

Both events are organised by Loughshinny Motorcycle Club.

In a statement, the club management said: "Sadly he lost his life doing what he loved most. He will be dearly missed by his family, team and road racing family.

"The committee and members of the Loughshinny Motor Cycle Club extend their deepest sympathies to Victor's family and large circle of friends for their sad loss."

Mr Gilmore, 42, has three children Craig, Jodie and Nicole.

He was an experienced rider having competing in the Isle of Man TT, across Ireland, the UK and Europe.

The crash happened in the 600cc race at 1.20pm on Sunday.

A roadside marshal was also injured in the crash which spectators said appeared to happen when the rider's bike slipped underneath him.

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