Female Racer Dies After Track Accident in Wales

Lauren A

It seems that even the pros aren’t safe from the perils of motorcycling; motorcycle racer, 27 year old, Kara Rann, from the Isle of Wight, suffered serious head injuries when she came off her motorbike during a competition at the end of September.

The accident happened when she lost control on a hairpin bend at the NG Road Racing event, at Pembrey Racing Circuit in Carmarthenshire. NG Road Racing has more than 600 participants who take part in events all over the country. Her partner – a fellow competitive motorcyclist – and their five year old son were at the event when the accident happened.

She was airlifted to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, where doctors tried to save her, but she died from the serious head injuries she’d incurred.

A spokesman from the race circuit said:

“In race number two there was an incident involving a 27-year-old female competitor, who fell from her Yamaha R6 motorcycle at Hatchets Hairpin.

The rider suffered serious head injuries and was treated at the circuit by the circuit’s medical team.

The competitor was then airlifted by Wales Air Ambulance to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff at 10.55am.”

Her partner, Marc McCullough, kept a vigil at her bedside as she was put into a medically induced coma but later said:

“Kara was so badly injured that she lost her fight.”

She had been riding motorcycles since the age of 14 but had only taken up racing a year ago. She had also been campaigning for a TT-style race – similar to that at the Isle of Mann – around the Isle of Wight, which her friends are now going to organise and name in her memory.

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