Road Racing: Tragedy as Victor Gilmore dies at Killalane
The sport of road racing was dealt another bitter blow during yesterday’s final Irish Road Race of the season at Killalane, with the untimely death of 42-year-old veteran Victor Gilmore during the opening lap of the 600cc race at the County Dublin venue.
Gilmore’s death is the third in national road racing this season after the passing of Stephen Larkin at Kells and Myles Byrne at Skerries.
The Killalane meeting was eventually abandoned after Cookstown’s Wayne Kennedy was taken to hospital with leg injuries sustained in the 125cc race, but not before Ryan Farquhar put in yet another dominating performance.
Farquhar arrived at Killalane with the Irish Senior Road Race Championship already in the bag, but the Dungannon man wasn’t prepared to gift any victories to his biggest rivals — the Dunlop brothers Michael and William.
In the Open race the Dungannon man masterfully powered his ZX-10 Kawasaki around the County Dublin venue, taking a nine second victory over Dunlop.
In the re-started 600cc race, Farquhar got embroiled in a battle royale with the Dunlop brothers, and like the previous encounter at Skerries in July — the three of them could not be separated for five pulsating laps. The Kawasaki of Farquhar did get the nod when it mattered by 0.075s over Michael on the Street Sweep Yamaha; William was third.
The Grand Final again paired the youngest of the Dunlops against Farquhar for a nail biting encounter. Between them the lap record was continually broken as they tripped the timing beam, with Dunlop raising it to 114.271mph before they were done entertaining the large crowd. Sadly for Michael it wasn’t enough to halt Farquhar, with the KMR Racing Kawasaki man taking yet another road racing clean sweep.
William Dunlop did take his customary 250cc victory and Sam Dunlop was declared the winner of the 125cc race — the result declared after just one lap following the aforementioned incident involving Wayne Kennedy.