Popular road racer dies in multiple rider crash on Isle of Man
An English rider who raced for a Northern Ireland team was killed in a crash at the Southern 100 road races on the Isle of Man last night and another, well known to Ulster fans, is critically injured in hospital.
Yorkshire rider James Cowton (26) who rode for Cookstown-based McAdoo Racing Team was involved in a four rider accident at Stadium Bends on the Manx circuit and died from his injuries.
Lincolnshire's Ivan Lintin, also a regular at Northern Ireland race events, sustained critical injuries in the crash.
It is the fourth fatality to hit road racing in a tragic month.
Manxman Dan Kneen, another frequent North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix competitor, and Scot Adam Lyon died at the Isle of Man TT last month, followed by the loss of William Dunlop at the Skerries 100 in Co Dublin last weekend.
In a statement last night, the Southern 100 race organisers said they "regret to announce that following an incident involving four competitors at Stadium Bends during the 600cc Challenge race, Driffield rider James Cowton succumbed to his injuries.
"The other riders involved, Ivan Lintin is in a critical condition, whilst Jamie Coward has shoulder injuries and Mickey Evans leg and arm injuries.
"The organisers are carrying out a full investigation in conjunction with Isle of Man Constabulary into the circumstances of the incident on behalf of the Coroner of Inquests."
Cowton won his first International Road Race at this year's North West 200, winning for McAdoo Racing in Saturday's Supertwin race.
He had also won three races at the Southern 100 in previous years, with victory at this year's Supersport race at the Cookstown 100 another highlight.
Lintin, a Supertwin specialist, is also a regular on the international road racing scene, and has two Lightweight victories at the Isle of Man TT, as well as two North West 200 and three Ulster Grand Prix wins in the class.
In a reference to the loss of local Ballymoney hero, William Dunlop, whose funeral took place on Wednesday, the North West 200 official Twitter account commented: "We just can't believe that we are writing this twice in a week but our deepest sympathies this evening go to the partner, family, friends and team of James Cowton who died tonight after an accident at the Southern 100 on the Isle of Man."
Armoy Road Race organisers commented: "James was a popular rider around our circuit. He will be greatly missed by us all."