William Dunlop: Skerries prize fund donated to family as racing goes on
Despite the tragedy that unfolded during Skerries practice on Saturday when William Dunlop sadly lost his life in an accident, racing went ahead yesterday with prize money donated to William's family.
Although it is an irrelevance, Skerries local Michael Sweeney was a three-time winner on the day taking the Axa Open, Country Crest and Des D'Arcy Grand Final and Supersport races also taking second place in the Supertwin race won by another local rider Andy Farrell.
Other winners for the record were Michael Browne (Senior Support), John Ella (Junior 250/400/M3), Eoin O'Sochru (Junior Support), Barry Davidson (Classic 250/350), Robert McCrum (Classic 500/1000) and Niall Power (Supertwin/201-400 non-qualifiers).
After racing the Loughshinny Supporters Club issued a statement saying: "With the blessing of our racing family and support from our officials and marshals', the riders took to the grid to complete the demanding 10-race programme in fine, good sunny weather.
"Spectators were treated to some superb racing from our incredibly talented riders with only one rider in mind, William Dunlop, a fitting tribute to their fellow fallen rider."
√On Saturday at Laurel Bank, near Saintfield the only winner was dust. Despite the best efforts of the Temple Club only two races were completed before blinding, choking dust caused the abandonment of the meeting due to a lack of available water to wet the track. Neil Campbell and passenger Craig Parmenter won the first Sidecarcross race and Stephen Mulholland won the Clubman Quad race.