GARY COTTHAM UPDATE
By Isle of Wight Speedway | Monday 16th July 2012
Following x-rays at his local hospital in Pembury, Kent, it has been confirmed that Wightlink Islander's very much in-form reserve Gary Cottham sustained a
broken right collarbone as a result of a crash in the away National League match at Mildenhall. Gary, who had won his opening ride in heat 2, was involved in
a first bend clash with home rider Josh Bates in heat 4 and whilst referee Barbara Horley ordered a re-start of the race with all four riders, it was patently
obvious that Gary was very much in pain and out of the meeting.
He and his dad opted to return to Kent and went straight to their local hospital where those x-rays revealed a clean snap approximately two inches above the
lower join and early indications are that he could be out of action for up to six weeks. That is a body blow for both Gary and the club and came immediately
upon the shock news received by the club on Saturday that Gary's reserve partner Danny Stoneman had decided to retire from the sport with immediate
effect. Joint team managers Chris Hunt and Kevin Shepherd now face the difficult task of trying to find and sign two new riders although, somewhat
fortunately, the team's next fixture is a week tomorrow (July 24th) at home against the Dudley Heathens.
Meanwhile the injured Gary wishes to place on record his thanks to all the Mildenhall track medics, the staff at Pembury Hospital, his sponsors and the
Wightlink Islanders team, management and fans who have shown such faith in him this season - and he will try his best yo prove the doctors wrong by being
back in action in less than six weeks if at all possible!
NEXT ACTION AT SMALLBROOK:
Tomorrow night (July 17th) it's amateur racing with the Southern Track Riders Association