A Lincoln motorbike rider Ivan Lintin, nicknamed by some as the Bardney Bullet, is in a critical condition after a fatal crash at a competition race in the Isle of Man.
Organisers of the Southern 100 International Road Races, The Southern 100 MCRC, issued a statement about the incident involving four competitors at Stadium Bends on Thursday, July 12.
The Southern 100 MCRC will carry out a full investigation into the incident that occurred during the 600cc Challenge race.
Driffield rider James Cowton died as a result of his injuries.
Lincoln rider Ivan Lintin is in a critical condition, whilst Jamie Coward (shoulder) and Mickey Evans (leg and arm) suffered injuries.
All casualties were taken to Nobles (IOM) Hospital for treatment.
A statement from the organisers said: “Southern 100 Racing extends its sincere condolences to family, relatives and friends of James Cowton at this very sad time.
“The organisers are carrying out a full investigation in conjunction with Isle of Man Constabulary into the circumstances of the incident on behalf of the Coroner of Inquests.”
Isle of Man police statement
A statement from the Isle of Man Constabulary said: “An incident occurred in racing at the Southern 100 race meeting today (Thursday July 12, 2018) on the Billown circuit between Stadium bends and Alexander Road traffic lights.
“The incident occurred in the 600cc challenge race, as a result of which one competitor died and three others were injured, (one of whom has been described as having critical injuries). All casualties were taken to Nobles (IOM) Hospital for treatment.
“The police are conducting an investigation on behalf of the Coroner for Inquests. A large number of witnesses have already been spoken to and details taken.
“The police are very interested in speaking to anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has video footage of the racing that has captured what occurred in this case, and who has no yet been spoken to by officers. If you can help you are asked to contact Police Headquarters on 631212, or call in at any police station on the Isle of Man.
“The investigation is being led by a senior detective and includes officers from the Southern Neighbourhood policing team, SOCO officers, collision investigators from the Roads Policing Unit, and vehicle examiners from the Department of Infrastructure.”