Red Arrows to pay race tribute to ‘flying doctor’ John Hinds

Dr John Hinds who  lost his life at the Skerries 100 in July
Dr John Hinds who lost his life at the Skerries 100 in July
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A colourful tribute to the road race trauma specialist killed at a meeting last month will brighter the skies over the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix on Saturday.

The fly past by the Red Arrows is the UGP’s own recognition of the crucial role played Dr John Hinds in saving the lives of seriously injured riders.

We’re all thinking of him this week and with his dedication to road racing

Noel Johnston - clerk of the course

Known as the ‘flying doctor,’ the highly skilled consultant was a familiar figure on the circuits – using his own bike to reach crash victims in the fastest possible time.

Race organisers say the famous red jets will bring a whole new meaning to the Drundrod ‘flying kilometre’.

With the unsettled weather, the time for the flypast has not yet been confirmed but it is expected to be early in the afternoon during a brief break in the racing.

The planes will be on a detour from taking part in the Newcastle Festival of Flight in Co Down.

UGP clerk of the course Noel Johnston said: “To have the Red Arrows fly over Dundrod will be fantastic. It’s not often that you get such an exciting opportunity and I’m sure it will be a real treat for the fans. It will be a great addition to race day and our tribute to Doc John Hinds.”

He added: “We’re all thinking of him this week and with his dedication to road racing and work campaigning for an air ambulance in Northern Ireland, we felt that dedicating the flypast to ‘Delta 7’ would be a fitting gesture.

“The Red Arrows are one of the few things faster and louder than a factory superbike so make sure you don’t miss it. We’ll also have a full programme of racing for fans to enjoy, so there’s no reason not to be at Dundrod”.

Entry wristbands to the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix cost £25 per person, while entry is free for all under 18s accompanied by a paying adult.

Information on the races, car parking and getting to the circuit is available at www.ulstergrandprix.net