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Malachi Mitchell-Thomas' father said his son was 'his best friend'

The father of Malachi Mitchell-Thomas who died at the North West 200 said that his son "lived for racing".

The 20-year-old from Chorley in Lancashire was described as a "petrol head" by his father Kevin when he visited the scene where his son crashed during the third lap of the SuperTwins race on Saturday afternoon.

He now plans to spread his son's ashes at the Isle of Man TT races in June.

"This is what he wanted me to do - he lived for racing.

"I have lost my best friend, I have lost my son but he died doing what he wanted to do," Mr Mitchell-Thomas told BBC Northern Ireland.

"He did not have a bad bone in his body and nobody had a bad word to say about him.

"He had been doing great things. We did not come here as a big business with a big bank account.

"We came here through hard grit, determination and mostly a desire to win races. I have never seen desire like he had."

His son came in fourth in what was his final race.

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First Minister and Deputy First Minister express condolences over Malachi Mitchell-Thomas' death

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