North West 200: Lancashire racer Malachi Mitchell-Thomas dies following crash in SuperTwin event
Young road racer Malachi Mitchell-Thomas has died following a crash at the North West 200.
The accident happened at Dhu Varren, Portrush.
A statement issued by the event organisers said: “Malachi Mitchell-Thomas has died as a result of a crash on the third lap of the Supertwins race.
He crashed his Burrows Engineering Kawasaki on the approach to Black Hill.
“The race was immediately red flagged and Malachi was treated by medical staff from the MCUI Medical team but succumbed to his injuries at the scene. No other riders were involved in the incident,'' said the statement.
Organisers confirmed that the final two races would not take place.
20-year-old Mitchell-Thomas came from Chorley in Lancashire and was riding for the Cookstown BE Racing team.
He had finished fourth in Saturday's Supersport race.
In 1964 the North West 200 was handed over to the Coleraine & District Motor Club which still runs the event.
In 2007, around two million people logged on from nearly every part of the world to watch what has become Ireland's largest sporting event and one of the world's fastest road races.