Only one month after his near fatal crash, Mark Cossar made a triumphant return to racing with a shock victory at round one of the Buildbase Championships in Worcester.
The 26-year-old reigning champion, who still has a broken cartilage in his left knee, stunned his rivals with an unbeaten display.
Cossar had great difficulty just getting on to his bike, and was only able to complete after switching the gear-change to his handlebars as it would have been far too painful to have used his damaged left leg.
“I didn’t feel too bad when I got warmed up and was able to stretch out,” said Cossar, whose life was saved by a neck brace in March when he crashed and was knocked unconscious at a warm-up meeting near Newmarket.
He added: “I will probably need keyhole surgery but that will have to wait until the end of the season in October”.
n On Sunday Cossar’s injured knee will be put to a very stern test when he rides at Frittenden, near Maidstone in Kent – venue for the 2012 British Masters.
All of the top crews will be in action, keen to get a taste of the track before the sport’s biggest event in August.
1st Mark Cossar & Carl Blyth
2nd Rod Winterburn & Liam Brown
3rd Colin Blackbourn & Carl Pugh