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William Dunlop dies in crash during practice
On Saturday evening, race organisers of the Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club announced the death of road racer William Dunlop who was a regular at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT. Dunlop was competing at the Skerries 100 road race practice when he suffered a fatal crash. The 32 year old was for practising for the County Dublin event on his Temple Gold Club-backed Yamaha R1 and the crash occurred on his third lap near Sam’s Tunnel at around 17:00 BST. This led to the session immediately being red-flagged to let medics and Gardai attend the scene, but unfortunately, Dunlop was pronounced dead not much later. Having started racing in 2000, Dunlop has had 108 victories in the Irish National Road Racing, which include 15 victories around the Skerries circuit. He has had wins at both the Ulster Grand Prix and North West 200, along with nine podium finishes since his 2006 debut, at the Isle of Man TT, the best of which was attaining second position at the TT Zero in 2016. During his career, Dunlop has for a number of famous teams such as Milwaukee Yamaha, Wilson Craig Racing and Tyco Tas Racing team. Brother to 18-time TT winner Michael Dunlop, William withdrew from this year’s event to be with her pregnant girlfriend Janine. The couple was looking forward for the birth of their second baby.
Hamilton might race on with Mercedes for five more years
Team boss Toto Wolff was reported saying that Lewis Hamilton may be staying at Mercedes for five more years. The four times Formula One winner is to sign a new deal with the team and is expected to take Briton up till the end of 2020, but Wolff opined that he feels that there is no reason to limit the relationship only till 2020. Over lunch at the British Grand Prix, the Austrian said that Hamilton is 33 years old and according to statistics, has an easily enterprising five more years ahead of him. According to media estimates, Hamilton’s new contract, which would commence from this year itself, might be worth as much as $5.31 million annually.
Jones wins first career cup at Daytona
Erik Jones won his first career cup at the NASCAR Cup Series race on the Daytona International Speedway. He passed by defending champion Matin Truex Jr. on his final lap in the crash-filled race. Though Jones himself was involved in one of the many wrecks that occurred during the race, his No. 20 Toyota was still in good enough condition to earn him his first victory of his Cup Series career. The race ended with Martin Truex in second position and AJ Allmendinger in third.