A Milton Keynes company is supporting the UK’s first injured servicemen’s motorcycle race team.
Aero Tec Laboratories (ATL) in Patriot Drive, Rooksley, supplies safety fuel tanks to the military and motorsport world, and has given its backing to The True Heroes Racing team, which competed in its first official race meeting at Castle Combe.
The team has been set up by team manager Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Phil Spencer having met injured UK service personnel at charitable events he had organised in conjunction with UK military charity Afghan Heroes.
The team’s plan is to take part in the 2013 Triumph Triple Challenge, which is the leading single manufacturer motorcycle race championship and a leading support race at the British Superbike Championships.
Lance Corporal Murray Hambro of the Second Royal Tank Regiment competed on a specially adapted Triumph Daytona 675R motorcycle in the North Gloucester Road Racing Championship – despite losing both legs in an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2010.
CPO Spencer said: “This is an extraordinary achievement as Murray is a double amputee who only completed his medical rehabilitation programme at Headley Court a few months ago.”
“Having met so many amazing and inspirational people through my association with Afghan Heroes I wanted to be able to offer these guys who have suffered some appalling injuries a new focus and sense of direction once they’d reached the end of their medical rehabilitation journey.
“Motorsport is a fast, frenetic and pressurised environment, not too dissimilar to the battlefield. It is also a world many service personnel would not have considered open to them even when they were fully able bodied.”
“To compete at the highest level possible is a real challenge, but gives service personnel something they can get their teeth into. To do it on two wheels provides specific challenges, but shows the world that these guys can achieve anything that their able bodied counterparts can do.
“True Heroes Racing is not all about the rider, but the team ethos as well.”
The team is run by injured and able bodied UK service personnel and Murray’s Castle Combe debut was supported by Corporal Graeme Billington, also of 2RTR, who was injured when the Warthog Armed Personnel Carrier he was commanding struck a mine in Afghanistan January 2011. He is currently wheelchair bound and has little or no use of his right arm and hand.
The team is looking forward to taking part in other race meetings including Brands Hatch, Kent from September 28-30; Thruxton, Hampshire on October 6; Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire October 13-14; Mallory Park, Leicestershire from October 19-21; Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire October 27-28.
For more information on True Heroes Racing email Phil Spencer on firstname.lastname@example.org or follow True Heroes Racing on Facebook.