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Racer in accident

PUBLISHED: 18:28 14 May 2008 | UPDATED: 09:10 12 August 2010

A MOTORSPORT racer is in a critical condition after a bike accident at the weekend. Farnborough-born Workington Comets rider Barry Burchatt, 20, had a life saving operation at Ashford Hospital following the accident during a grass-track meeting on Sund

A MOTORSPORT racer is in a critical condition after a bike accident at the weekend.

Farnborough-born Workington Comets rider Barry Burchatt, 20, had a 'life saving' operation at Ashford Hospital following the accident during a grass-track meeting on Sunday.

He deliberately launched himself off his bike to try to stop himself colliding with another rider who had crashed in front of him.

But other bikers then smashed in to him and he suffered serious injuries to his lungs.

His family posted a message on the British Speedway Forum on Tuesday which read: "Barry had a life saving operation on Sunday afternoon to repair extensive damage to his lungs. He has been sedated so that his body is given a chance to heal, this means he is on a ventilator and obviously is unconscious. Again, many thanks for your kind messages they have helped us to keep positive at this difficult time."

The family also invited well-wishers to send any messages to Mr Burchatt for him to read when he regains conciousness.

Email messages to barry.burchatt@virgin.net or send cards to Willowend, 68 Old London Road, Badgers Mount, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 7AE.

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