Manx Grand Prix: Treble joy overshadowed by tragedy
The victory champagne remained uncorked for winning Northern Ireland trio Ryan Farquhar, Barry Davidson and Andrew Brady at an ill-fated Manx Grand Prix on the Isle of Man yesterday.
Tragedy struck on the final lap of the Junior Manx Grand Prix when 20-year old Wayne Hamilton from Annaghmore, near Portadown, the winner of Saturday’s Newcomers Race, was killed following an accident at the 13th Milestone.
Wayne, one of the most promising riders in Irish road racing, had been third in the race when the fatal accident occurred on the approach to Kirkmichael on the fourth and final lap.
He had been the 2009 Irish Junior Support road race champion, winning six races on his way to the title, including a road race winning debut at the Bush and becoming the first ever race winner at the Armoy Circuit. Recently he won the Supertwin race at the Dundrod 150 during Ulster Grand Prix Bike Week, inflicting a rare defeat on Farquhar and had a Supersport success at the Southern 100 on the Isle of Man to his name.
The dreadful news completely overshadowed a treble winning day for local riders with Brady victorious in the stricken Junior race while Farquhar and Davidson were the winners of the two classic events.
At Cadwell Park, Toome rider Michael Laverty secured his place among the top six contenders for the 2011 British Superbike Championship with second and third place finishes in a meeting rocked by the death of 18-year-old Ben Gautrey from Southport, who crashed on the opening lap of the National Superstock race and was hit by two following riders.
Laverty's Swan Yamaha team-mate won both Superbike races while Carrick's TAS team rider Alastair Seeley finished second in the Supersport to championship leader Ben Wilson.