Biker Ian Allkins dies in race at Donington Park

Ian Allkins Image copyright Donington Park
Image caption Ian Allkins had been a marshal at Donington Park

A former soldier who became a motorsport racer and marshal after losing his right eye has been killed in a race at Donington Park.

Ian Allkins, who was also an engineer at Rolls-Royce in Derby, died on Saturday during a Thundersport GB race meeting.

The Auto-Cycle Union is investigating the accident in a CB500 race.

In a statement, Donington Park described Mr Allkins as "a dear friend to many".

"Everyone here at Donington Park would like to pass on our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ian Allkins, who sadly died on Saturday following a tragic accident in the CB500 race during the Thundersport GB meeting," the statement said.

Wife's tribute lap

"Ian was a dear friend to many here at Donington Park and he will be sadly missed.

"Ian's wife led a parade lap around the circuit yesterday in a tribute to her husband."

Mr Allkins, from Derby, lost his eye while serving with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, when he was stabbed while his unit provided security for a bonfire event in Southampton in 2008.

Donington Park said he started marshalling for them in 2009, after his army welfare officer contacted their circuit manager and asked whether work would be available.

Mr Allkins said of his work: "We are a really good family-like group."

He applied for his Auto-Cycle Union licence in 2009 but was told he must wait for three years so he could adjust to functioning with only one eye.

He was granted the licence for the 2012 racing season.

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