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Tragic end to a day when Hickman created history at Ulster GP

 

By Roy Harris

The opening day of racing at the MCE Ulster Grand Prix at Dundrod ended in tragedy as English rider Jamie Hodson was killed in the Dundrod 150 race.

The 35-year-old rider from Wigan was involved in a two-vehicle crash at the Joey's Windmill section of the circuit, and later passed away from his injuries, the first death in a Northern Irish road race this year.

The crash, at the time, had led to the race being red-flagged and both riders being taken to hospital after initially being treated at the scene.

The other rider injured in the incident was Hodson's brother, Rob, who was also treated for injuries, but not serious ones.

Hodson was an experienced rider and was the reigning Manx GP Supertwins champion, while he also finished 10th in the Lightweight TT on the Isle of Man.

The organisers of the Ulster Grand Prix, the Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club, issued a statement expressing their condolences to the rider's family and friends.

"It is with much regret that the Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club confirm that a rider was killed following a crash during the Dundrod 150 National race on Thursday, August 10," the statement read.

"The Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club would like to express its sincere condolences to Jamie's family and friends and requests that their privacy is respected at this difficult time."

In the day's earlier racing, Peter Hickman was on top form when he smashed the outright lap record for the 7.4 mile circuit with a speed of 134.210mph on his third lap on his way to a start to finish victory in the Topaz Airport Road Service Station Superbike contest.

When asked what it felt like to be the fastest road racer in the world, the 30-year old said: "It's fantastic. It is too early to have sunk in yet, but it's the first international road race outright lap record I have held, so I'm over the moon.

"The Smiths BMW worked like a dream. I was comfortable at the front and my plan was to try and make a break for it and it worked."

Bruce Anstey was the second place man for the opening four laps of six before Dan Kneen on his race debut for the Tyco BMW team took up the chase on lap five from Anstey, Dean Harrison and Michael Dunlop.

But at the chequered flag Harrison overtook Anstey and Kneen to claim second position 1.943secs behind Hickman and three 10ths clear of Anstey who had Kneen right on his back wheel at the chequered flag with Michael Dunlop a second back in fifth.

Anstey romped to a Lightweight victory on the Padgetts 250cc Honda, 39secs clear of Neil Kernohan, also Honda mounted, while a scintillating scrap for third saw Davy Morgan on the last step of the podium 0.374sec clear of Callum Laidlaw, who was a 10th ahead of Paul Owen and Seamus Elliott, a mere 0.273sec behind in sixth.

The lap record was shattered in the Moto3 class as Paul Robinson and Christian Elkin circulated in close company throughout. Elkin was first to break the record but on the final lap Robinson overtook for a half second win and the new class lap record of 110.311mph.

Topaz Dundrod 150: 1st P. Hickman avg speed 132.494mph, 2nd D. Harrison 132.281, 3rd B. Anstey 132.242, 4th D. Kneen 132.237, 5th M. Dunlop 132.126, 6th L. Johnston 130.010

Outright Lap Record: Hickman - 3m18.524secs - 134.210mph

Belfast International Airport National: 1st J. Thompson avg speed 120.354mph, 2nd D. Todd 119.265, 3rd J. Perry 118.122, 4th J. Daley 117.933

Fastest Lap: Thompson - 3m 46,522secs - 121.705mph

GymCo Lightweight: 1st B. Anstey avg speed 114.972mph, 2nd N. Kernohan 111.216, 3rd D. Morgan 109.659, 4th C.Laidlaw 109.625, 5th P. Owen 109.612, 6th S. Elliott 109.587

Fastest Lap: Anstey - 3m 47.687secs - 117.020mph

GymCo Ultra Lightweight: 1st P. Robinson avg speed 108.223mph, 2nd C. Elkin 108.179, 3rd A. McLean 106.552, 4th S. Wilson 105.855, 5th G. Dunlop 105.836, 6th D. McGee 105.831

New Moto3 Lap Record: Robinson - 4m 01.536secs - 110.311mph.

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