21/04/2012, 10:43

Grand Prix star Chris Holder joined forces with fellow Pirate Darcy Ward to wish stricken 1992 world champion Gary Havelock a speedy recovery during a night at the darts on Thursday.

The Aussie duo enjoyed their evening at the McCoy’s Premier League Darts in Bournemouth and swapped their kevlars for a different kind of Pirate attire.

Fans are encouraged to write messages on their 180 boards for viewers watching at home.

Holder and Ward were happy to join the fun and wrote ‘Get well soon, Havvy’ in honour of their former Pirates colleague, who suffered serious damage to his upper left arm in a crash at Redcar on March 22.

"He’s pretty badly injured, which is a shame and that sign was the least we could have done for him. I’m glad he saw it."

- Chris Holder

“We had the signs and we were thinking of stuff to write on there,” Holder said. “I think Middlo (team manager Neil Middleditch) actually came up with the idea for Havvy. We made sure we got it on TV and it worked out perfectly.

“He rode for us last year and I got to know him a little bit. I know all about his past and how good he was. He was world champion, so he knows what he’s doing.

“He’s pretty badly injured, which is a shame and that sign was the least we could have done for him. I’m glad he saw it.”

A clearly touched Havelock tweeted: “Big respect for @Chris_Holder23 and @D_Dublu_racing for their awesome heads up for me at the darts on Sky. Brought a tear to my eye lads.”

Holder has no intention of swapping life on the shale for a career at the oche, but he enjoyed his first taste of darts at the Bournemouth International Centre.

The 24-year-old, who races in the FIM Fogo European SGP in Leszno next Saturday, said: “I’ve seen it on TV a couple of times and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. It was great. It was a really good night and we had a heap of fun. I’d definitely go again.

“It was a late call to dress up. Darcy turned up at the house with fancy dress on and he had another costume, so I threw it on.

“The atmosphere was unreal. I’ve been to a couple of the AFC Bournemouth football games and it’s the same deal. The darts crowd chant like it’s a football match. They were singing – it was great.”

Picture courtesy of Gary Havelock, Twitter and Sky Sports.

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