Snetterton awaits for Simon Andrews and his Norfolk’s RAF Racing team
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There will be a Norfolk team aiming to impress at its home track this weekend – with a rider hoping to finally get one over Snetterton's twists and turns.
RAF Reserves, based at RAF Marham, will see pro-rider and Honda TT legend Simon Andrews take on the latest round of the National Superstock 1000 Championship – one of the many support series competing alongside the British Superbike stars.
Evesham 28-year-old Andrews rode British and World Superbikes until a turn-one accident at Snetterton two years. Now Andrews is back with his Norfolk team to race for the first time since.
'Yeah, we had a big one here,' said Andrews. 'I hurt my leg bad and it put me in hospital for a long time. There were a few complications that were touch and go with me surviving it. Nonetheless we managed to get through it.
'I think during your injury or your rehab, you are going to find out whether that's the end of you or not, and it's hard to explain but racing is such an addiction. It's such a drug. Once you've had that buzz of either helping people or competing, anything to do with the sport, once you've got the bug that's it and you just can't turn your back on it.'
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Andrews and Norfolk team principal Lee Hardy hope to push the championship front runners at Snetterton – but Andrews has no hang-ups over returning to the track that nearly ended it all.
'When I came back from injury, I got signed to the World Endurance Championship and with the Superbikes, my first day back was here at Snetterton,' recalled Andrews. 'They brought me straight back to the track where I injured myself and we were just off lap record pace. So that was the big thing. If I'd turned up and been rubbish, perhaps would've thought twice.
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'I was a carpenter and brick layer before I started bike racing and there's nothing that'd take me back. I'd rather do it all again if it meant staying in the sport.'
Other local riders this weekend include Norwich's Jake Newstead in the British Supersport Championship, Stoke Holy Cross' Richie Leech in the Superstock 600 plus Norwich's Byron Beckett and Jack Keen in the Ducati 848 Challenge.