Lauder sidecar racer confined to wheelchair following crash

Steve Kershaw sprays the bubbly onto sidecar partner Rob Wilson after the team took their F1 podium place at Assen last year
Steve Kershaw sprays the bubbly onto sidecar partner Rob Wilson after the team took their F1 podium place at Assen last year

Lauder sidecar supremo Rob Wilson will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair following his accident at Knockhill two weeks ago.

Passenger Wilson, 48, and driver Steve Kershaw, 28, were involved in a horrific crash believed to have been caused by an electrical fault while competing at the Scottish F1 Sidecar Championships on September 27.

Wilson was moved to Glasgow’s spinal unit last week and is currently waiting for surgery to re-aligned his spine. Unfortunately he has lost the use of his body from the chest down, but will have use of his arms once his collar bones have healed so that he can develop as much independence as possible.

Kershaw has made good progress with his recovery and has returned home to Lauder. An MRI scan showed that the he has three damaged vertebrate but doctors are confident that this won’t hinder his recovery any further. He will wear his back brace for 6-12 weeks, increasing mobility gradually and will find out in about two months whether he will require surgery. His hand is broken in three places but it is hoped that surgery will not be required.

Steve’s wife Rheah Kershaw told the team’s Facebook followers: “Both Rob and Steve are in good spirits, especially due to everyone’s kind thoughts and words.”

In excess of £15,000 has been raised in the days following the accident by members of the tight knit motorcycling community and beyond. During the penultimate round of the British F1 Championship last week riders sported special stickers on their bikes in tribute to the Borders’ two, while riders donated their prize fund, £3,450, also.

The families of both men have been overwhelmed by the support.

“Everyone at Kershaw Racing gives their continued thanks for all of the well wishes and acts of support,” they said in a statement this week.

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity shown through an online fund and will be using the money to support the team with the significant changes which they now face.”

The team still lie in third place in the Championship following last week’s two races but are likely to be knocked off their position next weekend when the event moves to Brands Hatch.

Anyone wishing to contribute to Rob and Steve’s fund should go to Kershaw Racing’s Accident Fund at gofundme.com