MOTORSPORT: Cossar will challenge big brother at Brandon

Tom Cossar in action last year  (Picture by Chris Simpson)

Tom Cossar in action last year (Picture by Chris Simpson)

Race against time after injury and bike damage in Kent

Rugby’s Tom Cossar faces a race against time to get himself and his bike back together for the Empire Classic Sidecar Speedway event at Brandon on Friday, June 3.

The 24-year-old sent his sidecar skywards in an alarming crash at Swingfield in Kent, suffering bad bruising to his right leg when hit from behind by another rider, as well as causing severe damage to his 1,000cc engine.

“It’s not exactly the preparation I had in mind for Brandon, but it could have been much worse”, said Tom. “I’m still going to have a go at the Empire Classic. I can’t miss it, especially as it might be the only sidecar event there this season.”

The younger of the Cossar racing brothers will be taking his hopefully repaired grasstrack bike onto the Coventry shale, determined to get off to a good start.

“It’ll be ok at the beginning of the meeting if the conditions are grippy,” he added. “But it’s a definite disadvantage if and when it goes slick.”

The youngest ever winner of the British Masters Grasstrack at just 17, when he was passenger to brother Mark in 2009, Tom has made rapid strides this year as a rider in his own right. He’s further hindered at Brandon by having to bring in a replacement passenger, but one way or another, hopes to force his way into the reckoning and give big brother Mark a run for his money.

First race at Brandon is at 7pm. £10 for adults and free for under 16s.