Sidecar pair on road to recovery after 130mph horror crash

Date: Monday 3rd September 2018

FATHER and daughter sidecar racing team Tony Baker and Fiona Baker-Holden, who crashed out of the Isle of Man TT in June at a speed of 130mph, are out of hospital and on the road to recovery.

However, it is unclear whether 46-year-old Fiona will race again after medics initially feared she would be paralysed by a broken neck. She also cracked three vertebrae, broke her shoulder, suffered nerve damage to her right arm and sprained her ankle.

Tony, aged 74, broke his femur when the handlebar snapped on their Baker Suzuki 600cc machine.

The pair were airlifted to Noble’s Hospital, Douglas, following the smash which flung Fiona 20ft into the air before she landed on her head. She spent a month in a specialist hospital — and Tony two weeks — before being discharged under the care of specialist physiotherapy clinics.

While Tony is expected to make a full recovery in the coming months after having pins and plates put into his leg, Fiona’s recovery could take “considerably longer”.

The Silicone Engineer-ing and Carl Cox Motor-sport-backed Cumbria Express team has thanked supporters for the many cards, phone calls and social media messages wishing them a speedy recovery.

Tony, of Little Salkeld, said there had been thousands of messages from all over the world, urging them to get well soon, which he said boosted their morale and reinforced their desire to recover as quickly as possible. However, to date, they remain “completely out of action”.

The pair were on course for personal best lap times after setting three laps in excess of 110mph prior to race one in this year’s competition.

They had been averaging 135mph through the grandstand speed trap and 144mph through Sulby, and had not fallen below eighth place. They qualified 12th at the end of practice week and Fiona’s husband, twice TT winner John Holden, was leading the race when it was red-flagged due to the crash.

Unaware of the seriousness of his wife’s injuries, he rejoined the line-up and finished second.

Fiona, who lives in Lancashire and works for Lancashire police, has been given support from the Simon Andrews Fund, which helps injured riders, to get the treatment she needs and is already planning to do some fundraising to help others in her position once she is fit.