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Hamilton loses his race to make Dundrod's starting grid

By Staff Reporter

Wilson Craig Racing's Jamie Hamilton is out of this year's Ulster Grand Prix. The 23-year-old had hoped to be fit, but maturely took advice from the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland doctor to sit it out after discovering a nasty muscle tear.

"I went to see a specialist last week and he told me the muscle had ripped away from my pelvis, which was a bit of a shock," said the Ballyclare lad.

"I'm walking okay and I don't look like there's too much wrong with me but he advised I do nothing for six weeks."

Typical of his racing mentality, Hamilton still believed his glass was half full and asked for a second opinion from Doctor John Hinds.

"Doctor John said the muscle tear was something like you would do after a heavy gym session. But he did warn me that if I rode all week I'd probably struggle to walk come Saturday and it would be a safety concern," Hamilton lamented.

The youngster maturely made the decision to sit out the event and is now looking to the Manx Grand Prix, where he will start No 1 in the Okells' Brewery 350cc Classic race on Monday August 25.

"I'm riding a Drixton Honda for Ken Rutter and by all accounts it's a competitive all-singing all-dancing piece of kit. It's a bit of an honour to be starting at No 1 and I'll be looking to better the lap time I achieved last year (101.5mph)."

Hamilton will also ride an RG500 in the controversial Joey Dunlop Tribute parade lap at the Manx GP on August 23, representing the late Neil 'Smutty' Robinson who was tragically killed at Oliver's Mount back in 1986, aged just 24.

"I'm gutted not to be racing at the Ulster," said Hamilton.

"But hopefully my sponsors will be happy to see me at the Manx."

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