After an inquest into the death of Irish road racer John Donnan (who died at the Tandragee races in 2007), the whole road racing scene has been hit by a barrage of criticism from the coroner investigating the racer’s death.
John Leckey, the most senior coroner in Northern Ireland want as far as to question the very future of the sport after he concluded that Donnan’s death was avoidable. This comes in the light of the death of a spectator at the Armoy road race last year and Mark Young’s passing at the 2009 North West 200.
NI’s sports department has promised an additional £2m, showing their support for the sport, but drastic changes as to the way events are run and spectated are waiting in the wings.
We’re watching this story with interest.