Seven weeks since sustaining right arm, hand and left shoulder injuries from an incident during Manx GP/Classic TT practice week, Mountain Course stalwart Ian Gardner returned in style in recent days to competitive action at East Fortune.
Going into the final round of the NEMCRC (North East Motorcycle Racing Club) Championships series, holding Championship leads within both the Super Twin, Mini Thunderbikes categories, Durham’s Gardner piloting his completely rebuilt ER6 Kawasaki mount went onto wrap up the Mini Thunderbikes title.
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Gardner who’s NEMCRC season finale also yielded a runner-up finish in the final Super Twin Championship standings, achievements were made all the more notable, prodigious, momentous given his aforementioned situation from seven weeks ago.
Recently speaking to Road Racing News, the amiable Gardner who has acquired to date no less than five top 25 Manx GP finishes, plus two top thirty TT finishes, issued his thanks to those who have hugely helped him make such a productive return to racing.
“Must thank Paula my wife and brother Simon without them I wouldn’t be back on the grid. Massive thanks to Ufleet Ltd, Utilergy Ltd, Curtis Site Services for there support and SB Tuning for their top quality work.”
Words by Stevie Rial