N. Ireland Politics

Loose bolt blamed over Martin Finnegan death

Martin Finnegan
Image caption Martin Finnegan had won 43 Irish road races

The inquest into the death of one of Ireland's top road racers has found that in all probability a loose bolt caused his brakes to fail.

Martin Finnegan was killed at the Tandragee 100 in May 2008.

His wife, Brenda, said she was satisfied with the outcome which she said had cleared her husband's name.

She said it was unfortunate that the family had to put together the case to establish there was nothing Martin could have done to prevent the crash.

Reflecting on the evidence given at the inquest on Monday, experts came to an agreed conclusion that "if Martin did not suffer a severe 'tank slap' in all probability the cause of the failure was a loose banjo bolt".

No further witnesses were called on Tuesday given that the experts reached an agreed conclusion.

The coroner, John Leckey concluded that "in all probability a loose banjo bolt was the cause of the failure of the front brake".

Mr Leckey thanked Mr Finnegan's wife and all witnesses for attending the inquest.

In a statement, the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland said they accepted the outcome of the inquest and wished to extend "their sincere sympathy to the Finnegan family on the loss of Martin, a much respected and talented competitor".

"The family must also be congratulated on the most dignified way they conducted themselves at the inquest," they added.

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