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Red Arrows Flypast At Castle Combe Grand National
Posted by: newsla on Jun 19, 2014 - 06:11 AM
Red Arrows Flypast At Castle Combe Grand National

With just days to go to the Castle Combe Circuit Grand National, which takes place this weekend (June 21/22nd 2014), anticipation is starting to build ahead of the meeting that will see some top stars riding famous bikes as well as a weekend of action-packed club racing around the famous Wiltshire circuit.


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The latest attraction to be added to an unforgettable weekend is for the first time ever at Castle Combe, the world famous Red Arrows will perform a flypast on Saturday at 13.50 as a mark of respect for RAF Reserves rider Simon Andrews, who tragically died following his North West 200 accident last month.

Headlining the festival on track will be 21-times TT winner John McGuinness who will ride the ex Mike Hailwood Honda Six for the first time on the mainland. He'll be joined on track by ex GP race and television commentator Steve Parrish on the 500cc Honda Four, as ridden by John McGuinness in the Mike Hailwood tribute alongside Giacomo Agostini at last year's Classic TT, where the pair famously recreated the battle in the 1967 Senior TT.

In addition, eight times TT winner Chas Mortimer will also be out on his 350cc TZ Yamaha and perhaps still the most famous name in motorcycle racing history, that of Hailwood, will be on track with Mike's son David riding a Ducati Hailwood replica. And just to add good measure, TT winner James Hillier will ride in Saturday's parade before flying off to France to test for Kawasaki.

Returning to the popular two-day format, Castle Combe Circuit's only motorcycle meeting of the year promises something really special. Run by the NG Road Racing Club, the packed race schedule features just about every solo class including the return of the British Historic Championship after a two year break. The classic theme is continued with the Classic and Specials Parade run in association with the TT Riders Association so expect some special bikes and riders in addition.

A circuit spokesman commented: "This is a fantastic coup for David and Chas both to be riding plus a rare chance to see James on a classic bike. We are very grateful to Neil Tuxworth of Honda Racing, for agreeing to provide the bike for John to ride, and also to Ron Mullen who owns the 500cc Four, often ridden by David Hailwood himself and just last year by John McGuinness on that famous TT lap."

Event Director for the NG Road Racing Club Steve Bostock commented: "The on-track activities will consist of action packed racing throughout both days of the event. The Castle Combe round is shaping up to be the highlight of the NG Road Racing calendar. We are thrilled to be in partnership with Castle Combe and to be part of this major event in the motorcycle racing calendar."

Practice, qualifying and racing will take place over both days with 20 races each day with qualifying getting underway at 08.45, qualifying races at 10.30 and the feature races starting at 13.00. Sunday's star parade takes place at 12.45.

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