Tuesday 27 September 2016

North West 200: Dad of tragic motorcyclist killed in Irish road race says his son was 'his best friend'

Malachi Mitchell-Thomas' father said his son was 'his best friend'

Published 16/05/2016 | 07:09

Malachi Mitchell-Thomas was killedin a crash during the supertwins race at the North West 200. He is pictured on the grid just before racing began.
Malachi Mitchell-Thomas was killedin a crash during the supertwins race at the North West 200. He is pictured on the grid just before racing began.
Kevin Thomas, father of Malachi Mitchell-Thomas

The father of Malachi Mitchell-Thomas who died at the North West 200 said that his son "lived for racing".

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The 20-year-old from Chorley in Lancashire was described as a "petrol head" by his father Kevin when he visited the scene where his son crashed during the third lap of the SuperTwins race on Saturday afternoon.

He now plans to spread his son's ashes at the Isle of Man TT races in June.

"This is what he wanted me to do - he lived for racing.

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"I have lost my best friend, I have lost my son but he died doing what he wanted to do," Mr Mitchell-Thomas told BBC Northern Ireland.

"He did not have a bad bone in his body and nobody had a bad word to say about him.

"He had been doing great things. We did not come here as a big business with a big bank account.

"We came here through hard grit, determination and mostly a desire to win races. I have never seen desire like he had."

His son came in fourth in what was his final race.

Belfast Telegraph

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