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Don't stop Ulster Grand Prix because of Andy Lawson, say family of tragic road racer killed at Dundrod

By Noel McAdam

Published 10/08/2015

Andy Lawson with some of the trophies he has won
Andy Lawson with some of the trophies he has won
Andy Lawson on his bike
People lay flowers at the scene of Andy Lawson's tragic accident

The family of the Scottish motorcyclist who was killed in the Ulster Grand Prix insisted that the event should continue despite his death, it has been revealed.

Relatives of Andy Lawson told the race organisers: "It was what Andy would have wanted."

The clerk of the course, Noel Johnston, said: "Andy's family and race team were determined that the remainder of the event go ahead."

Andy Lawson died following a crash at the Deer's Head section of the Dundrod circuit on Saturday.

An investigation into the circumstances of the crash is under way.

Mr Johnston said that Andy had been seen as a potential racing champion of the future.

"I am incredibly saddened by the news that Andy has succumbed to his injuries and my condolences are with his family, friends and race team.

"He was a lovely guy and an up and coming rider, definitely one to watch," he said.

"I had a quick chat with him just before that Supersport race began and he told me how much he was enjoying his first experience at Dundrod, and that he was taking it easy while he learned the course.

"I can't tell you how hard it is to continue the event in those circumstances, but Andy's family and race team were determined that the remainder of the event go ahead as planned.

"They believe it is what Andy would have wanted and we wanted to respect that."

The Dundrod District and Motorcycle Club said that Lawson would be "sadly missed by the entire road racing community".

Sports Minister Caral Ni Chuilin yesterday led tributes to the 24-year-old, who was from Arbroath.

"Andy's loss will be acutely felt," she said. "My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and indeed with the wider road racing fraternity."

The accident happened during the second Supersport race at the event at Dundrod, Co Antrim.

The PSNI has appealed for anyone who witnessed the crash to contact them.

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