Five years ago, young English rider Malachi Mitchell-Thomas burst onto the Irish road racing scene with a sensational hat-trick at the Mid Antrim 150.
The 20-year-old had been signed by Dungannon team owner John Burrows alongside Dublin's Derek Sheils to ride the Cookstown/B.E. Racing machines.
A relative unknown, Mitchell-Thomas took the sport by storm as he grabbed the headlines with a Superbike victory and two wins in the Supersport class at the Clough course in Co Antrim in his first ever road race, which was the opening event of 2016 at the beginning of April.
He also finished a close runner-up behind Ryan Farquhar in the Supertwin race and went on to secure podiums at Cookstown and Tandragee before the ill-fated North West 200, where Malachi was tragically killed in a crash during the second Supertwin race.
The fatal accident happened after he had again underlined his exciting potential with a brilliant ride to fourth place in the Supersport race against a star-studded international field.
Team boss Burrows, himself a former racer, has no doubt Mitchell-Thomas would have gone on to scale greater heights and believes the talented Lancastrian could have been a road racer in the mould of Peter Hickman.
"It's all predictions and we'll never know for certain now, but I have no doubt in my head that Mal would be doing now what Peter Hickman is doing on the roads," Burrows said.
"There's not many riders have that kind of natural talent - Michael Dunlop is the obvious one - and he just had something special and was destined for big things.
"His death was a massive loss and he left a big impact on anyone who met him - he was like a rock star but he didn't really know that he was that person.
"His father Kevin's heart is broken and of course it's those who are nearest and dearest who are affected the most, but Mal left a big impression on me and my family and he is sadly missed to this day."
Reflecting on his first meeting with Mitchell-Thomas in 2016, Burrows explained how the chance arose to sign the little-known young English rider.
"I remember going to meet his dad, Kevin, and Malachi at Belfast International Airport after they had come from visiting Tim Martin of Mar-Train Racing," he said.
"He was either going to ride for me or Tim, and Tim opted to sign Dan Kneen, so that left the door open for Mal to come to me.
"He came over here to Northern Ireland and stayed with us that season as we prepared for that first race at the Mid Antrim. Nobody had ever heard of Malachi, but he really stood out from the crowd with his hairstyle and his personality."
Burrows was particularly impressed with Mitchell-Thomas' victory in the opening Superbike race against the established Sheils.
"We went to the Mid Antrim and Mal won both 600 races, but to win the first Superbike race was the biggest thing in the wet against Derek Sheils, because we all know the ability Derek has," he added.
"He also almost beat Ryan Farquhar in the Supertwin race, who was the specialist in the class, so I knew on that day that a new national road racing star had been born.
"This was his first season on the Irish roads but Mal went on and had podiums at Cookstown and Tandragee, and we hadn't seen a rider make an impression like this probably since Cameron Donald came on the scene.
"But above all, he was a great kid; he was enjoyable to be around and he appreciated everything he had - he didn't have a silver spoon upbringing and it was such a tragedy that he died so young."