Motorcyclists badly injured in race crash

Two motorcyclists suffered serious injuries when they crashed during a race at Brands Hatch on Sunday.

James Puttrell, 25, from Hitchin, Hertfordshire, and Jordy de Jonge, 17, from the Netherlands, fell during the first lap of a National Superstock 600 race at the Kent circuit.

Mr Puttrell suffered serious head, chest and limb injuries, and Mr De Jonge sustained a serious head injury.

Both were thought to have been trying to avoid other fallen riders.

The race was brought to an immediate halt when the crash occurred and both riders were treated by medics beside the track before being transferred to the circuit medical centre.

Mr Puttrell was taken to St George's Hospital in Tooting by Kent Air Ambulance. The Dutchman was taken to King's College Hospital, London.