Former Marine turned bike racer Mark Fincham braved freezing weather to take a class win at Snetterton before snow made the track too dangerous to race.

Fincham, who lost a leg in a 2007 accident, qualified second on the grid in the combined
BMCRC MRO Clubman and Powerbikes championship race.

“I was a little apprehensive of going out,” said the King’s Lynn rider, who is sponsored
by insurance broker Bikesure.

“At the last corner in qualifying a guy high-sided right in front of me, causing me to run
on to the mud to avoid running over him. I had to come in after four laps as I couldn’t feel
my fingers.”

The grid was packed for the first race of the season, with Fincham, in the Clubman category, mixing it at the front with Powerbike riders on more powerful machines.

Several riders crashed out on the slippery circuit but Fincham made stealthy progress,  passing one of the Powerbike riders.

“He passed me back on the straight where his faster bike had the advantage, but I realised I was leading my race by a long way and was third overall among the premier riders,” said the 32-year-old design engineer, riding a BMW S1000RR.

The next race is at Brands Hatch on April 13 and 14.