Arbroath superbike star Andy Lawson fatally injured at Ulster Grand Prix

Andy Lawson.

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Local motorcycle racer Andy Lawson has died following a fatal crash during the Ulster Grand Prix on Saturday.

The 24-year-old from Arbroath crashed out of the second supersport race of the day.

Andy made his debut at the Isle of Man TT earlier this year after winning the junior event at the 2014 Manx Grand Prix.

He was hailed as a rising star in the sport.

Race organisers Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club issued the following statement:

“It is with much sadness and regret that the Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club confirms that the person who was fatally injured during the Ulster Grand Prix was Scottish racer Andy Lawson.

24-year-old Andy from Arbroath, who was a newcomer to the Ulster Grand Prix, was taking part in the second Supersport race when the tragic incident occurred.

An investigation by the PSNI, MCUI and Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club into what happened is now underway.”

Noel Johnston, Clerk of the Course at the Ulster Grand Prix said: “I am incredibly saddened by the news that Andy has succumbed to his injuries and my condolences are with his family, friends and race team. He was a lovely guy and an up and coming rider, definitely one to watch.

“I had a quick chat with him just before that Supersport race began and he told me how much he was enjoying his first experience at Dundrod, and that he was taking it easy while he learned the course.

“I can’t tell you how hard it is to continue the event in those circumstances but Andy’s family and race team were determined that the remainder of the event go ahead as planned. They believe it is what Andy would have wanted and we wanted to respect that.”

Everyone at Angus South would like to add their sincerest condolences to Andy’s family and loved ones at this time.