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Friday, 21 November 2014

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Injured Cumbrian mechanic awarded payout

A mechanic who was left brain-damaged by a devastating motor racing accident has been awarded a cash payout.

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Rowrah track

Peter Corbett, 55, will be dependent on others’ care for life after the horrific April 2006 accident at the Rowrah Stadium circuit, near Whitehaven.

Mr Corbett sued through his wife, Anita, and has accepted a confidential settlement which will ensure he gets all the help he needs in future.

The High Court in London heard that a chunk of the payout is to be used to purchase a bungalow for the couple, which will be more suitable for Mr Corbett’s disabilities.

The court heard that Mr Corbett, a mechanic and experienced rider, was on a bike powered by a 100cc Yamaha RSX engine with his friend, Philip Hales, in a side car.

At a bend, they left the track, crossed some infield grass, smashed through a V-shaped barrier made of tyres and into a parked ambulance, causing devastating injury.

Last year, High Court judge Mr Justice King ruled that circuit owner, Cumbria Kart Racing Club, and race organiser, Tracksport Challenge Limited, were 90 per cent liable for the smash.

However, the judgment was delivered nine months after the trial of the case, leading to a decision to allow the defendants permission to appeal the decision.

Yesterday, facing the “dismal prospect” of further extended legal proceedings, Mrs Corbett was back in court in London to accept the confidential settlement on her husband’s behalf.

The family’s barrister, Robert Glancy QC, said that, whatever happened at the planned appeal, it would not result in Mr Corbett of Pogmoor, Barnsley, receiving the cash for some time.

“Mr and Mrs Corbett are anxious to see an end to this very long-running saga,” said Mr Glancy.

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