FEWER than 48 hours after winning the Newcomers Manx Grand Prix, Wayne Hamilton lost his life when he crashed the same 600 Yamaha at the 13th Milestone, approaching Kirk Michael on lap three of this afternoon’s Junior.
One of the bright young stars of Irish road racing, the 20-year-old single man from Portadown was holding on to third place in what were mixed conditions all round the 37.7-mile Mountain Course.
Bill Bennett, chairman of the Manx Motor Cycle Club, paid this tribute: 'Wayne was a very promising competitor who had already achieved notable success in his road racing career.
‘He set the 2011 Manx Grand Prix alight with his excellent performance in the Newcomers’ race and I have no doubt that he would have won many races in the Isle of Man.
‘He is a great loss to the sport and I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to his family and friends.’
Andrew Brady from Roslea, Northern Ireland, won the race. Earlier today, the 350Classic race was won by Ryan Farquhar.