RACE ace Ian Mackman is raring to go after a six-month lay-off due to a life-threatening smash.
Mackman crashed at Anglesey in September, was airlifted to hospital, twice had to be resuscitated and was placed in an induced coma to protect him from brain damage.
Now he is back on track and gearing-up for a return to the same Anglesey circuit for his first competitive outing since that horrifying day.
Mackman, who works at Bill Smith Motors in Chester, said: “I’ve done a couple of test days and they’ve gone quite successfully.
“I wasn’t quite sure how it might have affected me. I’ve raced for a number of years and I’ve never had a crash quite as big as that one and you never know if it is going to affect you.”
The saving grace for Mackman is that his memory of events is minimal.
“I can’t remember anything about the crash which, in fairness, is a good thing as I’m not waiting for something to happen,” he said.
“If previously I had lost the front and crashed and been conscious throughout then I would always be waiting for that front end to wash out again next time, and may be a bit more sceptical about it.”
But the 30-year-old’s love of his sport has seen him bounce back. After surviving the terrifying 120mph smash, he is now looking to push on with his promising career, starting on Sunday, at Anglesey for a Wirral 100 Club meeting.
“Since the accident, I’m even more of a believer that when your time’s up, your time’s up,” said Mackman, who lives in Runcorn. “Obviously, I had a big crash and I was lucky to get through it, but by the same token, I did.
“I’m fortunate at being reasonably good at something I love so much so I’ve got to carry on. I’m just starting to get somewhere as well, I ride with Team PRF, who I rode for last year. So I’m just starting to get noticed and you think, if I quit now, are you then going to wonder what might have been.”
Mackman has been seeing a sports physiotherapist since December, and says his physical condition has come on ‘leaps and bounds’ after suffering a number of aches and pains.
Following track days at Oulton Park and Mallory Park, he returned to the scene of the accident earlier this month for his third test day.
He said: “It felt odd, going round the same corner that I nearly did myself in on six months ago.
“Although I can’t remember the crash, now I can see the mistake that I did make and how the accident panned out. But it didn’t seem to affect me.”