Brush with death fails to put brakes on King’s Lynn rider Mark Fincham
06:30 18 October 2014
Disabled racer Mark Fincham makes his national Superstock debut at Brands Hatch this weekend – just four months after cheating death in a 120mph crash.
The fearless King’s Lynn rider was unable to walk after the accident at Donington in June when his front brake failed approaching a hairpin bend.
But Fincham’s never-say-die attitude, which saw him battle back from losing a leg in a road accident in 2007, has seen him train hard to return to full fitness ahead of his first crack at national level.
His wildcard invitation for the fiercely-competitive Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship’s final round will see him compete against professional racers and young riders looking to break into the big-time.
The class provides a proving ground for riders of the future looking to progress to Superbike level, and supports the final round of the British Superbike Championships at the weekend.
Fincham, sponsored by motorcycle insurance broker Bikesure, returned to full fitness only two weeks ago in the MRO Clubman series at Brands Hatch.
“I was battered and bruised, and when I tried to come back too soon I struggled to put together more than around two fast laps – the race director actually told me he was surprised I survived the crash,” he said.
“It took me a while to get over the brake fears in my head approaching bends, but I had a good round at Brands Hatch and really started to feel like my old self and the confidence was there.
“I’m really looking forward to my first time at national level this weekend.”
Two qualification sessions determine which 40 riders out of up to 80 entries make the race grid.
“Nothing is guaranteed, but I’m looking to do well as providing this weekend goes to plan my aim is to race at this level next year,” said the former Marine. “The aim for this weekend is to absorb as much information and learn as much on track as I can in a short space of time – and qualify for the main race.”