Markus Niemela Racing The promising debut sprint car season of Finn, Markus Niemela will be on hold for a while. Niemela, 26, broke his wrist on a BMX bike early tuesday morning European time while practicing on Hollywood Sport Complex BMX track.
Markus Niemela Racing
The promising debut sprint car season of Finn, Markus Niemela will be on hold for a while. Niemela, 26, broke his wrist on a BMX bike early tuesday morning European time while practicing on Hollywood Sport Complex BMX track. Niemela suffered a complex fracture of his left wrist and went through successful surgery where his wrist was re-constructed around titanium plate. Niemela should be able to get back in a race car in 8-12 weeks.
BMX racing is secondary dicipline of Niemela's alongside his primary car racing career. He has nevertheless participated in 12 BMX races this year from which he has collected 7 wins.
Niemela's first sprint car season was looking increasingly impressive as he adapted to the oval racing. The last two races saw Niemela finding the form on ovals he often showed in his single seater racing career in Europe, Asia and the USA, winning both, heat race and semi finals in his last two races. It is only a matter of time (and no mechanical failures or crashes!) before the promise of the heat and semi-final results are converted to main final wins!
"Of course I'm disappointed having to take a break from racing. We have made so much progress in the last 2 races and have been able to challenge for the top spots. I can't change the injury after it's done so now I just have to focus all my efforts to heal quickly and I'm sure I can continue from where I was once I'm back in the car. Besides I have a titanium wrist now which is kind of high tech so it must count for some extra speed!"
"I also want to thank all my friends, family and fans for all the well wishes when they heard about the accident. It is great to have such amazing support. A special thanks to my American family for making sure I got put back together so quickly!"
Markus Niemela is racing in VRA Sprint Car 360 -series on the west coast of The United States. He is the first ever sprint car driver from Finland. There are 13 more races to go of the season.
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