Special William Dunlop tribute programme to be broadcast on BBC NI during North West 200 race week

A tribute programme to Northern Ireland road racing great William Dunlop will be aired on BBC One NI during North West 200 race week.

Thursday, 2nd May 2019, 1:27 pm
Updated Friday, 3rd May 2019, 11:58 am
William Dunlop was one of the greatest road racers ever to come out of Northern Ireland. Picture: Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press.

The TV special, ‘Remembering William’, has been produced with the blessing of the Ballymoney racer’s partner, Janie Brolly, and his family.

William was tragically killed following a crash in practice at the Skerries 100 in July 2018.

One of the sport’s most popular competitors, he rated amongst Irish road racing’s greatest ever riders, winning races at the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix and amassing 108 national victories during an illustrious career.

William Dunlop's partner, Janine Brolly, and mum Louise at the Cornmarket Motorbike Awards in January, where William was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Friends, family and fellow riders remember some of his greatest moments on the track, sharing intimate stories about the unassuming racer.

The programme reveals William's true personality, hearing from his partner Janine and mother Louise, who reveal how William struggled to handle fame.

The half-hour documentary includes never before seen archive and many of William’s most memorable victories, including successes at the NW200 and UGP.

Hosted by BBC Sport NI’s Stephen Watson, this special tribute to the 32-year-old is due to be broadcast on Tuesday, May 14, at 10.40pm.

William with his brother, Michael, at the Classic TT Races in 2017.