Norfolk motorbike enthusiast captures the dramatic moment rider Mason Law escapes unharmed after ‘rare’ Brands Hatch crash
- Credit: Barry Clay
He is used to witnessing accidents during motorbike meetings but a racing enthusiast had a lucky escape after being in the path of a bike which crashed into a tree.
Photographer Barry Clay, 67, from Taverham, was covering the MCE British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch in Kent for the EDP and Norwich Evening News when he captured a major fall by professional racer Mason Law.
Mr Law escaped unscathed after the accident on the circuit's fastest corner - known as the Hawthorn Bend - while his Kawasaki was travelling at more than 100mph.
No-one else was injured.
The bike crashed onto an area of gravel by the circuit barrier before being forced into the air, above Mr Clay's head.
It ended up lodged in some trees about eight feet from the ground.
Mr Clay said: 'I was waiting to get a photo and the riders came into the Hawthorn Bend. Mason Law lost the front end of his bike and it came straight at me.
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'I decided I wasn't going to hang around and the bike went straight over my head into the trees. I was right in the firing line.
'The main thing is that Mason was OK.'
Mr Clay added the whole incident lasted for a few seconds and did not stop the Superstock 1000 race, which was in the early stages.
'Mason was calling for the marshals to help him get the bike down but everyone knew that bike was not going anywhere,' Mr Clay added.
The ex-motorbike rider said Mr Law attempted to climb the trees to recover his vehicle but they had to cut some of them down that evening to release the Kawasaki.
Amazingly, after major repair work, the bike was race ready the following day for Mr Law to compete on.
The accident happened on lap four of the 17-lap meeting on Saturday, July 21, when weather conditions were dry.
Competitors included Danny Buchan, who was riding for a team sponsored by Norwich-based Morello Services.
Saturday's meeting carried on after the bike ended up in the tree but was forced to stop after another accident.
Mr Clay said motorcycle racing was a dangerous sport and falls were part of the event.
But he added Mr Law's incident, which he managed to capture, was 'rare'.