A Formula One legend who miraculously survived an infamous 160mph racetrack crash, faces losing his leg after a 20mph accident on his moped.
Martin Donnelly, 55, a former Lotus and Arrows F1 driver, was forced to retire from racing after a practice session in Jerez, Spain left him with life-threatening injuries.
Martin broke both legs, fractured his skull, broke his nose, cheek bone, collar bone and had a punctured lung in the 1990 crash.
At the time, it was feared he would have to have his right leg amputated.
Shocking images of his twisted body lying on the racetrack were published around the world, but he went on to make a remarkable recovery.
He now faces another challenge after he broke his left leg while taking part in a charity bike ride last week across Belfast, in Northern Ireland.
While travelling at 20mph on his moped, Martin, from Norwich, Norfolk, came off his bike.
His left leg was then struck by one of the 16 riders following him.
He has since been in hospital recovering after undergoing an operation where doctors placed pins in his legs to help encourage movement.
However, he has now developed a serious infection, which doctors are battling to treat.
His friend and manager of the Snetterton Speed Shop Racing Team, Jonathan Lewis, has started a crowd-funding page to help raise money for Martin’s family as he focuses on recovery.
The 58-year-old said: ‘They have pinned it, but he has an infection.
‘Under his cast his leg is like Parma Ham, there is no meat left on the bone. Every day it’s looking worse, not better.’
The family now fear the infection will result in Martin losing his leg ‘which he has worked so hard to keep after his crash’.
Jonathan added: ‘He will be out of work for two to three months, which means no finances coming in, and he has a wife, family and home to support.’
Writing on the GoFundMe page, Jonathan wrote that Martin had set off to ride on a moped to help raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
He added: ‘During this event, he fell off his moped and was hit by another rider, this has broken his already damaged left leg just above his knee.
‘Not good as you can imagine. I want to be totally honest, there is a real possibility Martin will lose his leg, something Martin has fought for over 30 years to keep.’
Despite his short stint in Formula One, Jonathan said his close pal Martin was racing for a smaller team and did not earn much money.
Jonathan added: ‘We were able to get him back to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and one of the former F1 drivers’ medical staff was able to arrange for a specialist doctor to meet him.
‘There is no happy ending, but hopefully he will be able to keep his leg.’
The crowdfunding page has raised more than £22,000.
Jonathan added: ‘Martin as you all know, is larger than life and even with his damaged leg from his Jerez accident he has continued to be involved in this mad sport we love.
‘This is something I have to set up to help Martin and his family.
‘He works his nuts off every week instructing and doing anything he can to try and pay his way.’
A link to Martin’s GoFundMe page can be found here.