Sevenoaks motorcycle champion retires at 18 after crash

Craig Drury
Image caption Craig Drury is home in Sevenoaks for Christmas but will not be racing again

An 18-year-old motorcycle champion has decided to retire from the sport after recovering from a crash during the event at which he won his title.

Craig Drury was named British 250cc grass track champion after the crash in which he received multiple injuries.

He was airlifted to the major trauma centre at the Royal London Hospital where he spent 35 days, 12 of them in intensive care.

"I can't remember any racing or waking up out of intensive care," he said.

"Then they slowly listed all the injuries I had."

His bike hit him in the chest, breaking his collarbone, three vertebrae, several ribs and a leg and puncturing a lung.

His parents were told he might not survive the night after the accident in September at Collier Street, Kent.

"At first I thought it was just another crash," his father Martin, a Sevenoaks firefighter, said.

"But when I got to him it was the worst moment of my life.

Image caption The 18-year-old rider was given the British title despite the accident in the final race

"In my job I have seen a lot of dead people and he was one of them on the track."

His family and friends held a golf day, sponsored swim and mini-triathlon to raise £5,000 for Kent Air Ambulance, whose emergency crew helped save his life.

Craig recovered in hospital faster than doctors at first hoped and is back home to celebrate Christmas, but still wearing a body brace to protect his back.

"If I go back to racing and have another accident I might not be so lucky," he said.

"I achieved the top of my game, won the British championship and that's it.

"My career got cut short but I am still alive. That's all that matters."

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