Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Southern 100 racers died from 'multiple injuries' inquests hear

Mark Madsen-Mygdal
Image caption Mark Madsen-Mygdal is from a family of racers which includes father Dave and grandfather Dick

Two Southern 100 competitors died from "multiple injuries" in separate high speed crashes at the Isle of Man event, inquests heard.

Mark Madsen-Mygdal, 23, the son of a hugely experienced racer, died following a crash on the final lap of the 600cc race on 11 July.

Sidecar passenger Robert Thomas, 57, died during the Sidecar Championship race on the same day.

Coroner John Needham opened and adjourned both inquests on Thursday.

Father-of-one Mr Madsen-Mygdal, was the son of experienced rider Dave Madsen-Mygdal, who finished his 100th and 101st Isle of Man TT race in June.

His grandfather Dick also raced.

The bank worker from Douglas died on the course following a high-speed crash between Stadium Corner and Castletown Corner.

Mr Needham also opened the inquest of sidecar passenger Robert Leonard Paul Thomas, who lived in the Isle of Man but was born in Colchester.

The court was told how Mr Thomas fell from his sidecar at high-speed and died from his injuries in Noble's hospital later that day.

Image caption Robert Thomas was described as a "hard-working member of the Southern 100 racing organisation"

He had been competing with driver Nick Houghton and was a previous winner on the Southern 100 course.

Mr Thomas, who worked as a gardener, was described by organisers as a "hard-working member of the Southern 100 Racing organisation".

Mr Needham passed on his condolences to both families, who chose not to attend the short hearing at Douglas Courthouse.

Both inquest were adjourned with a date yet to be fixed.

Southern 100 officials including clerk of the course Phil Taubman were in court as were friends of Mr Madsen-Mygdal.

A third racer David Jukes also died at this year's event, held on the Billown Circuit, in the south of the Isle of Man.

Race organisers confirmed that investigations into the circumstances of all three accidents were ongoing.

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