Rider back on track after crash
AFTER being brought back from the brink of death following a horrific crash at the famous Isle of Man TT, racer Shaun Harris has again strapped on his leathers.
The affable Kiwi racer has since relocated to Australia and hit the raceway at Morgan Park at the weekend, in what was just his fourth race since that fateful day in 2007.
The two-time TT champion came close to seeing the end of not only his career but also his life that day when he crashed and was thrown from his Kawasaki.
Both his legs were shattered - into nine pieces altogether.
His pelvis was in nine pieces, all of the ribs on his right side were broken, his elbow and humerus were smashed and four teeth were knocked out.
Harris also suffered a brain injury that took months to recover from.
Although that would be enough to deter even the most committed riders from climbing back onto a bike, Harris' decision to race again was an easy one and he made his return in grand style.
He won his very first race back.
He said there was no fear as he prepared for his return and said it all came back to him as he waited at the start line for the green light.
"Racing is something that I have done for so long that it feels unnatural not to do it."
Harris admits he was no angel in his younger days, but said the months following the accident allowed him to see the light.
"It's like I need to say thank you to the big man upstairs," Harris said.
"I'm very, very lucky and I think I am here to do something still."
And Harris thinks he knows what that thing is.
The driver plans to use his skills and life experience to help encourage teens to make the most of their opportunities in life.
His dream is to travel around schools and motivate young people to be the best.
No average 47-year-old, Harris' impressive racing career and friendly demeanour are sure to make him a hit with the kids he hopes to help.
"If you want something bad enough in life, then get off your butt and go get it," he said.
The New Zealand racer said he is enjoying his new home in Brisbane after migrating across the Tasman.
This weekend was the first time Harris has raced at Morgan Park.
-The Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) is a prestigious annual racing event that has been held since around 1905.
-Harris was almost killed in the race in 2007 when he crashed and was thrown from his Kawasaki bike.
-He was left with broken legs, ribs, humerus, elbow, knocked out teeth and a brain injury.