Ballymoney road racer and son of the late Robert Dunlop, William has been killed at the Skerries 100 Road Races today.
William Dunlop recently pulled out of the Isle of Man TT road races, citing personal reasons. Dunlop later released the following statement.
“I just thought I would put a few words down about my recent withdrawal from 2018 TT races as I have a lot of good people around me and I felt this is something that needed addressed. First and foremost, I would like to thank all my sponsors, not one of them made me feel like I had to do anything I didn’t want to nor did they ask my issues – it’s good to have people helping me like this and it’s much appreciated. Also a big thanks to everyone for their kind messages, I really can’t believe the support people have given me. It has been a difficult few weeks but things have made a turn for the better for myself and Janine, we are expecting a second baby but unfortunately, we received terrible news at our 20 week scan and were referred to a specialist. William Dunlop signed to ride for the Temple Golf Club Yamaha team this season. William Dunlop signed to ride for the Temple Golf Club Yamaha team this season. While I was on the island Janine had to deal with everything herself and was attending the hospital appointments and scans herself while I was away. My head wasn’t in the races and my thoughts were always at what was happening at home. My family will always come first so I made the decision to come home. We received positive news this weekend and everything is now appearing to be normal so after months of uncertainty we now finally feel that we can enjoy this time and get excited for a new addition. There are still additional scans and meetings with consultants to attend but things are looking so much better for us as a family. I have a few weeks to rest my body and recover from NW200 crash and also think about my future, I will sit with my sponsors in time and see where we all stand. Thanks again, William”
The Skerries 100 was the first road race for William since pulling out of the TT and was joining his brother Michael Dunlop on the grid.
The following was issued by the race organisers.
Commenting, local DUP MLA Mervyn Storey said;
“This is a tragedy beyond belief. The Dunlop family has again been plunged into grief. William Dunlop was a legend in his own right on and off the road. He was a household name.
Everyone in Northern Ireland will be saddened by this news. However the sadness will be particularly felt in his home town of Ballymoney. The Dunlop family are well known and greatly respected in our town and further afield, we feel the great loss and sadness at this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family circle at their time.
The entire family circle will be remembered by everyone during this difficult time. We assure them of our support as they face the coming days.”
TUV councillor William Blair also made comment on William’s death.
“Devastated to hear of the sudden death of William Dunlop. My thoughts and prayers go to the entire family circle at this sad time.”
FUSE FM Ballymoney would like to express their sympathies to the Dunlop family at this time.
There are no further details at this time.