Bike racers injured at AA Kyalami

Johannesburg, Saturday - Jamie Hilton, teenage son of comedian Barry Hilton, was taken to hospital today with potentially serious injuries after crashing heavily during the second round of the Dark Dog Superbike Championship at AA Kyalami ...

Johannesburg, Saturday - Jamie Hilton, teenage son of comedian Barry Hilton, was taken to hospital today with potentially serious injuries after crashing heavily during the second round of the Dark Dog Superbike Championship at AA Kyalami today.

Hilton, riding a Honda, fell heavily at the Dark Dog Bowl on the penultimate lap of the second heat of the Dark Dog event. With Hilton lying on the side of the circuit, race officials immediately stopped the race.

Hilton was treated at the side of the circuit by paramedics and marshals before being taken to the circuit hospital. He was later transferred by ambulance to the Lynmed Centre in Pretoria with potential cervical spine, right shoulder and hip and ankle injuries.

Hilton's father was at the circuit at the time of the accident. He was present while his son was being treated by paramedics, and accompanied him to hospital.

The race was won by multiple South African champion Russel Wood, on a Vodacom Nashua Yamaha, with the Hilton incident the second major accident of the weekend at AA Kyalami. On Friday the reigning South African champion, Stewart Macleod, was operated on at Sunninghill Hospital after crashing during qualifying on Friday.

Macleod, scheduled to compete overseas later this month, underwent surgery to insert pins in breaks in his left leg and ankle. He is expected to be out of action for up to six months.

-AAK

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