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Hamilton Tragedy Overshadows Manx Grand Prix Junior Race

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Andrew Brady took victory in the Junior Manx Grand Prix on Monday but the race was overshadowed by the tragic death of Wayne Hamilton after a crash on the approach to Kirk Michael.

The 20 year old was running in third place before an accident at the 13th milestone and the Manx Motorcycle Club later confirmed in a statement that he had succumbed to the injuries. Wayne was single and his next of kin have been informed.

Bill Bennett, Chairman of the Manx Motor Cycle Club, paid tribute to the Portadown racer on another sad day for road racing.

“Wayne was a very promising competitor who had already achieved notable success in his road racing career.  He had already set the meeting alight with his excellent performance in Saturday's Newcomers Race and have no doubt that he would have won many races on the Isle of Man. He is a great loss to the sport and I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to his friends and family.”

Grant Wagstaffe led the race early on but was forced to retire with a mechanical problem at Quarterbridge. Paul Smyth inherited the lead but Brady made it past during the pit stop phase, eventually beating the Yamaha rider by seven seconds. Stephen McKnight was half a minute further back in third but the tragic news regarding Hamilton overshadowed their success.

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