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William's life and career is recalled

 

Special talent: William Dunlop
Special talent: William Dunlop

As the road race season ends, Stephen Watson recalls the life of the late William Dunlop in Stories In Sound on BBC Radio Ulster tomorrow at 12.30pm.

Growing up as part of the legendary Dunlop dynasty, with father Robert and uncle Joey, it was perhaps inevitable that William would take up racing.

Quiet and shy as a young boy, he was passionate about sport and a talented footballer, but with racing in the blood, the lure of motorcycles was irresistible - and William would prove himself to be one of our greatest racers before his tragic death last year.

Ryan Farquhar recalls a young William being lapped on a 125cc at Aghadowey, but before long he was winning big races at the Ulster Grand Prix and North West 200, with prestigious podium finishes at the Isle of Man TT.

This programme features interviews with many of those who knew him best. Fellow riders Farquhar, Phillip McCallen, Glenn Irwin and Lee Johnston recall some famous victories, including William's incredible last minute overtake of Bruce Anstey at the Ulster GP and legendary head-to-head with his own brother Michael at the NW200.

Off the track, William was a devoted father, and moving interviews with partner Janine are at the heart of the programme.

She recalls William's devotion to their daughter Ella, and the second daughter Willa who he tragically never had the chance to meet. William died in practice at Skerries shortly before her birth, aged just 32.

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