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Disabled man injured in record bid

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A disabled man trying to reach speeds in excess of 200mph has crashed his racing car, breaking both his arms and a leg.

David Edwards, a former racing driver, was said to be "seriously hurt" in the crash involving his Lola T222 on a test track in Wethersfield, Essex.

Mr Edwards, who is in his late 40s and comes from London, was attempting to set a number of UK speed records to publicise the work of Aspire - a charity which works with spinal-injury victims.

He was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, where he is said to be in a stable condition and "recovering well".

Mr Edwards suffered a spinal injury in a road crash 15 years ago and lost the use of his legs, a spokeswoman for the charity said. The racing car used in his record attempt had been adapted so he could operate all the controls with his hands.

Police said they had launched an investigation into the incident at a former air base on land owned by the Ministry of Defence.

© The Press Association 2008