ACU Events Ltd has confirmed Derek Brien has died following an accident during the first Isle of Man TT Supersport race.

The full statement from ACU Events Ltd reads as follows:

"ACU Events Ltd regrets to announce the death of Derek Brien, 34, from Co. Meath in Ireland who was killed during the first Supersport race at the 2011 Isle of Man TT Races following a high speed accident at Gorse Lea. The race was immediately red flagged following the incident.

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"Derek was an experienced road racer who first competed on the Isle of Man in the Manx Grand Prix in 2007 and competed in the TT Races in 2009 and 2010. He had a highest TT place of 13th in the 2010 Supersport 1 race.

"Derek was single with a partner, Sarah. The ACU wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Derek's family and friends."

Jim Parker, Managing Director, ACU Events, commented:
"Derek was a very talented road racer and achieved a number of notable career highlights including his Manx Grand Prix victory," said Jim Parker, Managing Director of ACU Events. "He will be sorely missed.

The Coroner of Inquests has been informed and investigation into the circumstances of the accident is under way.

Crash.net extends its condolences to the family and friends of Derek Brien.