Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Ulster bike ace killed in smash

One of Ulster's best-known road-racers was killed yesterday in a tragic accident in the Republic.

One of Ulster's best-known road-racers was killed yesterday in a tragic accident in the Republic.

Darren Lindsay died during practice for today's Killilane race in Co Dublin.

Reports last night suggested that a rider in front of the Dundrod man attempted to slow down and put his hand up. At this point Lindsay (35) ran into the back of him.

He died shortly afterwards in spite of the attention of medical personnel.

His close friend and rival, Raymond Porter, from Lifford in Co Donegal, was badly injured in the same incident.

Darren's friend and sponsor Noel Johnston said: "I've been involved with Darren for 10 years and he was one of the leading riders and personalities in road-racing.

"Needless to say, his death is a great shock to us all."

Lindsay won this year's 250cc class at the Ulster Grand Prix. He previously won the 125cc race at the North West 200.

Darren was a former Irish champion in the 125cc, 250cc and 600cc classes.

He was one of the most talented of Ulster riders and was a constant on the big race scene.

Race officials were last night trying to contact Darren's wife - an air hostess - who was out of the country.

The couple have three young sons.

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