CAR CRASH VICTIM WAS TOP ROAD RACER JONNY BUCKLEY

Road racer Jonny Buckley who was killed on Monday night in Ballyclare

Road racer Jonny Buckley who was killed on Monday night in Ballyclare

THE driver killed in the road smash in Co Antrim on Monday night has been named.

He was Jonny Buckley, a well known and popular road race.

He was the driver of a BMW car which was involved in a single-vehicle crash at around 9.30 pm on the Braepark Road in Ballyclare.

A passenger in the car suffered a number of injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Local motorsport fans have paid tribute to Mr Buckley, who was a front runner in the Irish Superbike/Supersport championships.

His death has been described as “a terrible loss to the motorsport paddock”.

One online tribute described him as “an excellent rider and an all round nice guy”.

Another said: “Absolutely gutted to be posting this but sadly Biker.ie member and Irish Superbike/Supersport front runner, Jonny Buckley was tragically killed in a car accident last night.

“One of the hardest riders on track and one of the funniest off it, he will be sorely missed.”

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