Fans see Smith thrown over safety fence
A FANTASTIC Fen Tigers display was overshadowed by a horrific collision that saw Jamie Smith catapulted over the safety fence. Instead of celebrating a convincing victory over Newport, Mildenhall fans were left worrying about the condition of Smith, afte
A FANTASTIC Fen Tigers' display was overshadowed by a horrific collision that saw Jamie Smith catapulted over the safety fence.
Instead of celebrating a convincing victory over Newport, Mildenhall fans were left worrying about the condition of Smith, after he was taken to hospital.
The crash stunned the entire stadium into silence as the rider lay motionless, and after paramedics moved him into an ambulance, the referee awarded heat 14 to Mildenhall and abandoned the meeting.
Mildenhall Speedway promoter Simon Barton said: "It was the most terrible racing accident I have ever seen at Mildenhall, with Jamie being sent flying over a 10 foot fence onto the greyhound track.
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"We have been informed that he has a broken ankle, damaged ligaments and a cracked tibia. Given the level of the accident he was very lucky and we all wish him a speedy recovery."
Things had been going well for Mildenhall, with an opening 5-1 setting the tone for a big home win. The second heat saw Nick Simmons take the win from Jason King and Mark Thompson for his only chequered flag of the afternoon. Newport looked to bring the score closer as Phil Morris and Simmons finished behind Tom P Madsen for a 3-3, a Kyle Legault engine failure handed Newport a 1-5 in heat five and Phil Morris beat Shaun Tacey and Mario Jirout to earn a 3-3 in heat six.
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Newport's comeback didn't last long as maximum man Madsen and skipper King flew past the Newport pairing to bring back a Fen Tigers 5-1 in heat seven.
The dreaded tactical ride came out with Morris in heat nine, but he couldn't find a way past Legault and the double points ride only gave Newport a 4-4.
After the interval Mildenhall added a 4-2, 5-1 and 3-3 to the score line before Madsen finished his paid maximum by beating Mikal Rajkowski and Phil Morris. Jirout tried everything to pass the Newport duo but couldn't find a way through leaving heat 13 as a 3-3.
At the start of heat 14 King shot from the tapes with Tony Atkin just behind. Smith and Nick Simmons raced for third spot until the third lap when Smith tried to go around the outside of Simmons before the pair clipped wheels, sending Simmons rolling into the bottom of the fence and Smith hurtling over the boards.