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Father of Co Derry road racer Jack Oliver 'totally broken' following son's death at Kells Road Races

Jack Oliver died following a crash on Sunday at the Kells Road Races in Co Meath

THE devastated father of Co Derry road racer Jack Oliver has told of how he is "totally broken" following his son's death at the Kells Road Races in Co Meath.

The 22-year-old from Limavady came off his Kawasaki motorbike in the Supersport race at the Crossakiel circuit on Sunday. Mr Oliver had secured his place in the race after coming second in a qualifying event on Saturday.

He was described last night as "an up and coming star" as tributes continue to pour in for the young road racer.

In a post on social media. his father Tommy wrote: "I'm totally broken. I can't cope with this.

"Always in my heart forever son, love you forever."

His brother Robbie Oliver had also described his sibling as his family's "wee rocket", adding that he had gained "his angel wings at Kells Road Races doing what he loved best".

MFL Plant Machinery in Maghera, a company that sponsored Jack, also said they were "heartbroken" by Mr Oliver's death.

"Honoured to have sponsored such special talent, this cub was going places," it said in a statement.

"So much talent, so much life left to live, and miles to cover always flat out. Rest easy Jack Oliver, keep rubbing the elbow up there kid.

"Thoughts and prayers with Jack's family, friends and girlfriend."

Funeral details had last night not been released.

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