The road to recovery - an update from Andy Searle

“I’ve been off the scene for a while as I’ve had to recover from an injury which has stopped me training with the guys, so I thought I’d give you all an update.

Back in March I was taking part in a KartForce race and was thrown from my kart, fracturing my pelvis. Unfortunately when I was in hospital the doctors also found that I had contracted an infection so there was a bit of a recovery period ahead.

Since the accident I haven't really been able to do much. For the first week or two I was near enough stuck in bed as I was in quite a bit of pain.  As the weeks have gone by the pain has got less and I’ve been able to do a little bit more.

This all meant that I missed the first race of the season at Silverstone. I watched as much footage as I could find of the Silverstone race as I was extremely jealous that I wasn't on the track with the team.  Being at home and watching it instead of racing with my team mates was just torture, I was gutted. It also means that I’ll need to find some other races to compete in to make sure I get enough signatures on my licence to allow me to race with the team at Spa Francorchamps in July. We like a challenge!

I finally got back on the track at Snetterton this week for a training session and I was so happy to be back out there. I still have a bit of pain from the injury but Graham and his team made a foam insert for the seat to ease the pain in my coccyx. A new, bespoke seat will now be specially designed for me that will be moulded to my body to ease the pressure points and hold me securely in the car.  This will make driving far more comfortable when I’m spending long periods of time in the car.  The pain this week meant I had to stop and have a few breaks but it was totally worth it to be out there again.

Our next race at Oulton park is coming up in a few weeks and I couldn't be happier. We have a few track days before the actual race so I will be trying to get as much track time as I can to learn the track, get comfortable with the car and perform to the best of my ability.

Thanks to everyone for their support and good wishes – Bring on Oulton Park.”

Andy Searle

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