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Heartbroken partner of road racer William Dunlop would 'give anything for one more day' with him

William Dunlop was killed in a crash during a practice session at the Skerries 100 in Dublin on July 7. Picture by Stephen Davison/ Pacemaker

THE heartbroken partner of road racer William Dunlop has described how she would "give anything for one more day" with him.

In a moving tribute, Janine Brolly said her "precious last memory" of William was him leaving to go racing with the "biggest smile on his face".

The 32-year-old was killed in a crash during a practice session at the Skerries 100 in Dublin on July 7. His death comes after his father Robert died at the North West 200 in 2008 and his uncle Joey was killed in a crash in 2000.

In a statement, Ms Brolly, who is expecting the couple's second child, described her love for the road racing star.

"We were so happy; this isn’t how it was supposed to go," she said.

Remembering the last time she saw him alive, Ms Brolly said she waved him off and he was "genuinely looking forward to heading away for a couple of days racing".

"No pressure, no worries, just go and enjoy himself - that is the precious last memory I have of Will leaving our home," she said.

"We felt as if we had weathered the worst of the storm for this year.

"Our luck was changing and plans were being made for the coming exciting months as we prepared for life as a family of four."

She described the heartache since his tragic death and thanked everyone for their support.

"Our family was our complete universe - our own little bubble and I am struggling to let go of that," she said.

"I think that is why for the days since I found out I have just wanted to hide. Speaking about it would make everything a reality and I'm just not ready to allow that to fully happen yet.

"I just wanted you to know that I have read the messages of support and condolence and I am so, so grateful for them.

"Everyone who has sent cards, posted their memories and images and shared how they felt that they knew William have been such a comfort, please know how much I truly treasure them."

She added: "I miss him more than words can possibly say".

Janine Brolly has described the heartache at the loss of her partner William Dunlop. Picture by Stephen Davison/ Pacemaker

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