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Motorcycle champion is killed in race crash

Grainne Cunningham and Fiach Kelly

Published 05/05/2008 | 00:00

MOTOR racing champion Martin Finnegan who died in a road racing accident at the weekend is expected to be buried on Wednesday.

His remains are to be brought home to his native Lusk in Co Dublin today.

The father of one, who was recognised as one of the best road racers in Britain and Ireland, was killed following a crash at the Tandragee 100 motorbike race in Co Armagh on Saturday.

Mr Finnegan's wife, Brenda, daughter Rachel and father, James, were among the spectators when tragedy struck. They had to break the terrible news to his mother, Margaret.

Mr Finnegan (29) was on the second lap of the Supersport 600cc race when he crashed off the circuit at the Marlocoo corner shortly after 2pm.

Racing competitor Ryan Farquhar described how the biker was flung about 20ft into the air, after apparently having mechanical trouble with his machine.

Three spectators were injured in the crash. A woman suffered head injuries and was taken to hospital. Two men suffered minor injuries. The race was immediately stopped.

Meanwhile a 20-year-old man, Lucas O'Reilly, was killed yesterday when the car he was driving veered off the road, hit a tree and plunged into a river, at 3am at Cloncovet, Kilcogy, Co Cavan.

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