Richard Britton ‘one of the best road racers ever’

Richard Britton fully committed over the jumps at Glaslough on the PJ O'Kane Suzuki at the Monaghan road races in 2002
Richard Britton fully committed over the jumps at Glaslough on the PJ O'Kane Suzuki at the Monaghan road races in 2002

Ryan Farquhar has hailed Richard Britton as one of the best road racers ever to emerge from this country on the tenth anniversary of the popular Enniskillen rider’s death.

Britton was tragically killed following a crash at the inaugural Ballybunion road races in Co Kerry on September 18, 2005 after his machine seized in the 250cc race.

The event was cancelled as a result and the meeting was never held again in the wake of the tragedy, which shook the Irish motorcycling family to its foundation.

Britton, 34 – who was married with a five-year-old son at the time of the fatal crash – was hugely respected in the road racing paddock.

A bubbly character with a radiant smile, the Co Fermanagh man was a multiple winner at the Irish National road races and also proved himself at international level, winning the Production race at the North West 200 in 2000.

He was twice crowed Irish and Ulster road racing champion and won the prestigious Regal 600 series four times.

“It’s fair to say that Richard was one of the best road racers to come out of Ireland,” Farquhar (39) told the News Letter.

“He won at the North West 200 and if his life hadn’t been cut short he definitely would have had a lot more success in the record books than what he had.

“You could have raced with Richard Britton all day, every day because he was a safe rider and it wasn’t too often he made a mistake.”

Full story in the Saturday, September 19 edition of the News Letter.