King’s Lynn racer Mark Fincham walked away from a horrific 120mph crash at Donnington Park at the weekend and vowed: “I can’t wait for the next meeting.”
Riding his fully rebuilt main bike for the first time this year, Mark – sponsored by East Winch-based Bikesure – was looking forward to a successful weekend in the MRO Clubman series after qualifying in second place.
The fearless racer, who lost a leg in a motorcycling accident in 2007, was fighting for second place in the opening race when front brake problems ended his challenge.
“I took the inside line to pass the guy in front and the brake grabbed on the disc and tucked the front and my race was over,” he said.
“I was absolutely furious as I knew I wasn’t pushing for pace and could’ve ridden much faster.”
After stripping, cleaning and rebuilding the front brake overnight, Mark started near the back of the grid after failing to complete the first race, but was soon on the charge.
Smashing his best ever time at the track by two seconds, Mark finished second in class, earning the Rider of the Day award and setting himself up for the final race.
Starting just off the front row, Mark made a great start and was closing in on the leader when disaster struck.
“I was working out where I wanted to pass when, on the approach to the very last corner of the lap, my front brake failed totally,” he said.
At 120mph and with a hairpin bend approaching fast, Mark had to think quickly.
“There was no way I could get round. I saw the tyre wall coming up fast and instantly knew I had to avoid it as an impact at that speed would’ve killed me,” added Mark.
“I ran the bike into the gravel and had a full on 120mph crash. After being thrown from the bike and tumbling over and over I came to a stop. The race was cancelled so the medics could clear me up and take me to the medical centre. Fortunately I had nothing broken, just lots of bruising and pain.
“But I can’t wait for the next meeting at Cadwell Park, my favourite track.”
The bike, needless to say, is in line for another rebuild…