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Poignant farewell lap of honour for Dario Cecconi killed in Tandragee race crash

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Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100   Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Italian rider Dario Cecconi.

Italian rider Dario Cecconi.

Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17
Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 
Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit by motorcyclists and road race supporters in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday.
 Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17 Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit by motorcyclists and road race supporters in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17
Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 
Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit by motorcyclists and road race supporters in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday.
 Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17 Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit by motorcyclists and road race supporters in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17
Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 
Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit by motorcyclists and road race supporters in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday.
 Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17 Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit by motorcyclists and road race supporters in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17
Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 
Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit by motorcyclists and road race supporters in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday.
 Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17 Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit by motorcyclists and road race supporters in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17
Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 
Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit by motorcyclists and road race supporters in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday.
 Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17 Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit by motorcyclists and road race supporters in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17
Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 
Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit by motorcyclists and road race supporters in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday.
 Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17 Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit by motorcyclists and road race supporters in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17
Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 
Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit by motorcyclists and road race supporters in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday.
 Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17 Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit by motorcyclists and road race supporters in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17
Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 
Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday.
 Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17 Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17
Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 
Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit by motorcyclists and road race supporters in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday.
 Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17 Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit by motorcyclists and road race supporters in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17
Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 
Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday.
 Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17 Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17
Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 
Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday.
 Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17 Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17
Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 
Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's girlfriend Francesca and his brother Luca at the scene of the accident which claimed the life of the young Italian racer at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday.
 Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17 Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's girlfriend Francesca and his brother Luca at the scene of the accident which claimed the life of the young Italian racer at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17
Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 
Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's girlfriend Francesca and his brother Luca at the scene of the accident which claimed the life of the young Italian racer at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday.
 Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17 Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's girlfriend Francesca and his brother Luca at the scene of the accident which claimed the life of the young Italian racer at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17
Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 
Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit by motorcyclists and road race supporters in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday.
 Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17 Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit by motorcyclists and road race supporters in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17
Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 
Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday.
 Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17 Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17
Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 
Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday.
 Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17 Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17
Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 
Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday.
 Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17 Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17
Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 
Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit by motorcyclists and road race supporters in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday.
 Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17 Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's remains are escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit by motorcyclists and road race supporters in tribute to the young Italian racer, who sadly passed away following an accident at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th April 2017

Hundreds gathered at the Tandragee 100 course, to say 'Farewell to Dario Cecconi'.

Pictured: Florence and Naomi Burns wave chequered flags at the Finish line.

Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th April 2017 Hundreds gathered at the Tandragee 100 course, to say 'Farewell to Dario Cecconi'. Pictured: Florence and Naomi Burns wave chequered flags at the Finish line. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th April 2017

Hundreds gathered at the Tandragee 100 course, to say 'Farewell to Dario Cecconi'.

Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th April 2017 Hundreds gathered at the Tandragee 100 course, to say 'Farewell to Dario Cecconi'. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th April 2017

Hundreds gathered at the Tandragee 100 course, to say 'Farewell to Dario Cecconi'.

Pictured: Florence and Naomi Burns wave chequered flags at the Finish line.

Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th April 2017 Hundreds gathered at the Tandragee 100 course, to say 'Farewell to Dario Cecconi'. Pictured: Florence and Naomi Burns wave chequered flags at the Finish line. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th April 2017

Hundreds gathered at the Tandragee 100 course, to say 'Farewell to Dario Cecconi'.

Pictured: North Armagh Motorcycle and Car Club Tarmac Section formed a guard of honour.

Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th April 2017 Hundreds gathered at the Tandragee 100 course, to say 'Farewell to Dario Cecconi'. Pictured: North Armagh Motorcycle and Car Club Tarmac Section formed a guard of honour. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th April 2017

Hundreds gathered at the Tandragee 100 course, to say 'Farewell to Dario Cecconi'.

Pictured: North Armagh Motorcycle and Car Club Tarmac Section formed a guard of honour.

Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th April 2017 Hundreds gathered at the Tandragee 100 course, to say 'Farewell to Dario Cecconi'. Pictured: North Armagh Motorcycle and Car Club Tarmac Section formed a guard of honour. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th April 2017

Hundreds gathered at the Tandragee 100 course, to say 'Farewell to Dario Cecconi'.

Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th April 2017 Hundreds gathered at the Tandragee 100 course, to say 'Farewell to Dario Cecconi'. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th April 2017

Hundreds gathered at the Tandragee 100 course, to say 'Farewell to Dario Cecconi'.

Pictured: Florence and Naomi Burns wave chequered flags at the Finish line.

Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th April 2017 Hundreds gathered at the Tandragee 100 course, to say 'Farewell to Dario Cecconi'. Pictured: Florence and Naomi Burns wave chequered flags at the Finish line. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Philip Magowan / PressEye

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 27/4/2017: Chequered flags are waved as the hearse carrying the coffin of Italian rider Dario Cecconi crosses the finish line during the lap of honour of the Tandragee 100 circuit in Co Armagh in his memory following his death in a crash at last Saturday's races.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 27/4/2017: Chequered flags are waved as the hearse carrying the coffin of Italian rider Dario Cecconi crosses the finish line during the lap of honour of the Tandragee 100 circuit in Co Armagh in his memory following his death in a crash at last Saturday's races. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th April 2017

Hundreds gathered at the Tandragee 100 course, to say 'Farewell to Dario Cecconi'.

Pictured: Florence and Naomi Burns wave chequered flags at the Finish line.

Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th April 2017 Hundreds gathered at the Tandragee 100 course, to say 'Farewell to Dario Cecconi'. Pictured: Florence and Naomi Burns wave chequered flags at the Finish line. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Philip Magowan / PressEye

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 27/4/2017: Chequered flags are waved as the hearse carrying the coffin of Italian rider Dario Cecconi crosses the finish line during the lap of honour of the Tandragee 100 circuit in Co Armagh in his memory following his death in a crash at last Saturday's races.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 27/4/2017: Chequered flags are waved as the hearse carrying the coffin of Italian rider Dario Cecconi crosses the finish line during the lap of honour of the Tandragee 100 circuit in Co Armagh in his memory following his death in a crash at last Saturday's races. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 27/4/2017: An Ulster flag is draped on the coffin of Dario Cecconi during a service at the start line on theTandragee 100 circuit in Co Armagh in his memory following his death in a crash at last Saturday's races.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 27/4/2017: An Ulster flag is draped on the coffin of Dario Cecconi during a service at the start line on theTandragee 100 circuit in Co Armagh in his memory following his death in a crash at last Saturday's races. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 27/4/2017: The gloves and helmet sit on the coffin of Italian rider Dario Cecconi during a service at the start line on the Tandragee 100 circuit in Co Armagh in his memory following his death in a crash at last Saturday's races.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 27/4/2017: The gloves and helmet sit on the coffin of Italian rider Dario Cecconi during a service at the start line on the Tandragee 100 circuit in Co Armagh in his memory following his death in a crash at last Saturday's races. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 27/4/2017: An Ulster flag is draped on the coffin of Dario Cecconi during a service at the start line on theTandragee 100 circuit in Co Armagh in his memory following his death in a crash at last Saturday's races.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 27/4/2017: An Ulster flag is draped on the coffin of Dario Cecconi during a service at the start line on theTandragee 100 circuit in Co Armagh in his memory following his death in a crash at last Saturday's races. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 27/4/2017: The gloves and helmet sit on the coffin of Italian rider Dario Cecconi during a service at the start line on theTandragee 100 circuit in Co Armagh in his memory following his death in a crash at last Saturday's races.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 27/4/2017: The gloves and helmet sit on the coffin of Italian rider Dario Cecconi during a service at the start line on theTandragee 100 circuit in Co Armagh in his memory following his death in a crash at last Saturday's races. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17
Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 
Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's girlfriend Francesca and his brother Luca at the scene of the accident which claimed the life of the young Italian racer at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday.
 Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-17 Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 Italian road racer Dario Cecconi's girlfriend Francesca and his brother Luca at the scene of the accident which claimed the life of the young Italian racer at the Tandragee 100 last Saturday. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Italian road racer Dario Cecconi’s body is escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit on a lap of honour by motorcyclists and supporters

Italian road racer Dario Cecconi’s body is escorted around the Tandragee 100 circuit on a lap of honour by motorcyclists and supporters

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Italian road racer Dario's brother Luca is comforted by Rev Sharon Connor

Italian road racer Dario's brother Luca is comforted by Rev Sharon Connor

Dario Cecconi Lap of Honour - Tandragee 100 Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Chequered flags fluttered at Tandragee last night as tragic motorcycle racer Dario Cecconi completed his last circuit of the course he called home.

Friends and mourners turned out in their hundreds to take part in a moving farewell lap of honour for the Italian racer (inset), who died from injuries sustained during a crash on his final lap of the Tandragee 100 course.

His brother Luca and partner Francesca Benvenuti travelled to be at the injured racer's hospital bedside before he passed away.

Last night Anne Forsythe, clerk of the course and honorary secretary of the North Armagh Motorcycle & Car Club, said Dario's family had been "blown away" by the love and respect they had been shown.

"It was very difficult for them, but they very much appreciated how the crowd had been respectful of their feelings as they came to the spot where the incident happened," she said.

"Everyone stayed well back, allowing Luca and Francesca the space to feel able to get out of their car and mark the moment, before going on.

"We had the chequered flags waving, because that was Dario finishing his final lap - the lap he was on when he crashed. He finished his race."

Anne, who was with Francesca and Luca when they stopped at the spot of the crash, said the heartbroken brother kept repeating "amazing, amazing" in response to the show of respect to the rider. She added: "They could feel the love. They could definitely feel the love. It was a fitting tribute to a lovely, lovely bloke."

She thanked everyone who had turned out to honour the racer's memory.

"They did Dario proud, they did the club proud, and they did their sport proud," said Anne.

A crowd-funding page set up to help the family had raised more than £4,500 of its £5,000 target last night. Organiser David McWaters posted: "Dario's family are overwhelmed by the support and they have asked that the money raised be donated to the Injured Riders Welfare Fund."

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Italian road racer Dario's brother Luca is comforted by Rev Sharon Connor

Italian road racer Dario's brother Luca is comforted by Rev Sharon Connor

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