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Red Arrows flypast tribute to late Dr John Hinds at Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix

By Claire Williamson

In a fitting tribute to the late Irish Road racing Dr John Hinds - the Red Arrows will perform a flypast over the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix.

The hugely popular doctor was fatally injured while providing medical cover at a Skerries 100 practice session on July 3.

He was travelling behind the riders as they made their way around the course during the opening lap of the practice session when his bike crashed into a wall.

Dr John Hinds was an anaesthetist at Craigavon Area Hospital in Co Armagh and he regularly worked at the North West 200 motorbike races in Co Antrim.

But he was best known as one of the 'flying doctors' of Irish road racing.

With an official time still to be confirmed, the flypast will take place tomorrow afternoon during a short break between races, and with sunshine forecast, fans are set to enjoy spectacular views of the world-famous display team. 

Clerk of the Course at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix, 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. 

“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 this Saturday.”

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. 

Further reading:

Hopes for air ambulance boosted as campaigners are offered helicopters 

Dr John Hinds' colleague pays emotional tribute to his 'brilliant, caring and truly inspiring friend'

Over 60,000 sign petition for Dr John Hinds air ambulance campaign

Our dearest wish is that John's unique call-sign, Delta 7, will be heard again from an air ambulance

Family of motorcycle racing crash doctor John Hinds in air ambulance vow

Dr John Hinds saved my husband's life, now Northern Ireland needs an air ambulance in his honour

Keep alive the legend of hero doctor John Hinds

How racing doctor John Hinds inspired medics around the world 

Dr John Hinds in his own words: Hear the Flying Doctor give a fascinating insight into his work

Bikers' 'guardian angel' John Hinds makes final journey

John Hinds: Call to honour road racing doctor with Northern Ireland air ambulance in his name 

Partner of Dr John Hinds leads tributes to 'quiet man' who will 'own her heart forever' as funeral takes place 

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