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Second rider confirmed dead at Southern 100 Today

Thu, 11 Jul 2013  20:52


There has been a second fatality in racing at today's Southern 100 near Castletown.

Local Sidecar passenger, Paul Thomas from Ballasalla, died on the final lap of this afternoon's race.

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 coroner of inquests has been informed.

The tragedy happend only a couple of hours after another local rider lost his life in an earlier race. 23 year old, Mark Madsen-Mygdal died following the incident at Stadium Corner.

This year's event has been marred by the deaths of three local competitors. On Monday David Jukes lost his life in a practice session.

The Southern 100 MCRC, organisers of the Southern 100 International Road Races, regret to announce the death of Paul Thomas, from Ballasalla, Isle of Man following an incident at Osborne's on the back section of the Billown course on the last lap the Sidecar Championship race on Thursday afternoon.

Paul 58, leaves a wife Nancy and a daughter Claire. He 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 - See more at: http://www.bikesportnews.com/news-detail.cfm?newstitle=2013-Southern-100:-Paul-Thomas-has-died&newsid=9826#sthash.5j5vXZ9f.dpuf
The Southern 100 MCRC, organisers of the Southern 100 International Road Races, regret to announce the death of Paul Thomas, from Ballasalla, Isle of Man following an incident at Osborne's on the back section of the Billown course on the last lap the Sidecar Championship race on Thursday afternoon.

Paul 58, leaves a wife Nancy and a daughter Claire. He 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 - See more at: http://www.bikesportnews.com/news-detail.cfm?newstitle=2013-Southern-100:-Paul-Thomas-has-died&newsid=9826#sthash.5j5vXZ9f.dpuf
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