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Driffield racer James Cowton dies in Southern 100 crash

James Cowton won his maiden Interantional Road Race for Northern Irish outfit McAdoo Racing at this year's North West 200 second Supertwin race

Motorbike racer James Cowton, who is from Driffield, has died in a crash at the Southern 100 road races at the Isle of Man.

The 26-year-old was involved in a four-rider-bike accident at Stadium Bends during the 600cc challenge race.

In a statement the organisers said they are carrying out a full investigation into the incident.

The Southern 100 MCRC, organisers of the Southern 100 International Road Races, regret to announce that following an incident involving four-competitors at Stadium Bends during the 600cc Challenge race, Driffield rider, James Cowton succumbed to his injuries.

The other riders involved, Ivan Lintin is in a critical condition, whilst Jamie Coward has shoulder injuries andMickey Evans leg and arm injuries.

Southern 100 Racing extends it sincere condolences to family, relatives and friends of James Cowton at this very sad time.

The organisers are carrying out a full investigation in conjunction with Isle of Man Constabulary into the circumstances of the incident on behalf of the Coroner of Inquests.

– Southern 100 Motor Cycle Racing Club