Popular 34 years old Bellewstown, Co Meath native, Derek Brien died today as a result of serious injuries sustained following a high speed accident in the Isle of Man. Four years ago Derek won the Junior event on the Island and sadly is the third rider to be killed at this year’s event, following upon those of
67 years old Sidecar competitor Bill Currie and passenger Kevin Morgan (59) on Tuesday last.
The race had commenced at 10.45am today with the tragedy occurring on lap two .Following the red flag during the first run of the Supersport 1 race, the following statement by the controlling body the Auto Cycling Union:-
“ACU Events Ltd regrets to announce the death of Derek Brien, 34, from Co. Meath in Ireland who was killed during the first Supersport race at the 2011 Isle of Man TT Races following a high speed accident at Gorse Lea. The race was immediately red flagged following the incident.”
“Derek was an experienced road racer who first competed on the Isle of Man in the Manx Grand Prix in 2007 and competed in the TT Races in 2009 and 2010. He had a highest TT place of 13th in the 2010 Supersport 1 race.”
“Derek was single with a partner, Sarah. The ACU wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Derek’s family and friends.”
Jim Parker, Managing Director, ACU Events, commented:
“Derek was a very talented road racer and achieved a number of notable career highlights including his Manx Grand Prix victory.”
“He will be sorely missed.”
The Coroner of Inquests has been informed and investigation into the circumstances of the accident is under way.
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