A third local competitor has died at this week’s Southern 100 races on the Billown Course - the second on a sombre day for the event.
Sidecar passenger Paul Thomas, 58, from Ballasalla, died following an incident at Osborne’s, on the back section of the Billown course on the last lap of the sidecar championship race this afternoon. The meeting was subsequently abandoned.
He leaves wife Nancy and daughter Claire.
A statement from the Southern 100 organisers said: ‘Paul was an experienced sidecar passenger and had competed previously and won on the Southern 100 course.
‘Away from being the “ballast” in the sidecar outfit, ridden by Nick Houghton, he was a hard-working member of the Southern 100 Racing organisation and a great friend to all connected with the sport of motorcycle road racing.
‘Southern 100 Racing extends its sincere condolences to families, relatives and friends at this very sad time.’
The organisers are carrying out a full investigation into the circumstances of the incident. The coroner of inquests has been informed.