William Dunlop, a well-known name in the Irish Road Racing Motorsport, was killed during a practice run for the Skerries 100 Road Race. It was being speculated that he was looking for a retirement after this year’s race.
Earlier this year, William decided to skip the main Isle of Man TT race so that he could be with his partner as they both were concerned about the health of their unborn baby. William returned to take part in the County Dublin racing event. But, unfortunately, he crashed on the Sam’s Tunnel section of the course on Saturday during the Open Practice session. He was racing his Temple Golf Club Yamaha YZF-R1. He couldn’t survive.
An official statement from the organizers was released which said, “We deeply regret to announce that competitor William Dunlop, of Ballymoney, Co. Antrim has passed away following injuries received in a tragic accident that occurred during practice which took place today, 7th July 2018. The Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club extends its heartfelt sympathy to William Dunlop’s family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very sad time.”
William belonged to a family which has had racing legends in the past. Robert Dunlop, the father of William, was a road racer himself. He died in a crash during a practice session of the 2008 North West 200. Also, William’s uncle, Joey Dunlop was killed while racing in Estonia in the year 2000. He had been a superstar in road racing, and still holds the record for the highest number of Isle of Man TT wins (26).
The 32-year-old racer, William has had an amazing career which he began in 2000. He has a total 108 wins which include 4 titles at the North West 200 and 7 at the Ulster Grand Prix.