Being a part of a team competing in Motorsport at the highest level is an immense challenge for anyone, but provides the Wounded, Injured and Sick UK Service personnel & Veterans, who form True Heroes Racing, with truly unique opportunities to aid their rehabilitation and recovery. Their direct involvement as part of a high end Motorsport team, all working towards the same output, also provides them with the opportunity to regain a focus and define specific goals to strive towards. Motorcycle racing is a fast, frenetic and high-pressure environment, not too dissimilar in many ways 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, let alone post illness or injury.
Competing at the British Superbike Championships, which are widely respected as the best domestic motorcycle race championships in the world, not only enables us to provide the unique opportunities we are able to offer the beneficiaries, but also enables us to portray our message of overcoming adversity and inspiration through achievement to the widest possible public audience, at race circuits the length and breadth of the UK and wider still with additional worldwide exposure through the televised coverage of the racing.
True Heroes Racing has been competing at the British Superbike Championships since April 2013 when we entered the national racing scene. This interview was filmed with British Forces News the day after we completed that first British Superbike Championship race event at Brands Hatch.
Since forming we've offered opportunities for beneficiaries with a variety of physical and mental disabilities in roles across the whole spectrum of a successful Motorsport team, proving to them and the wider audience that the life changing injuries or illness they have suffered certainly don't have to limit the life style choices they are able to make. Our beneficiaries have regularly proved the doubters wrong, but more importantly often proved themselves wrong with the things they have achieved.
The British Superbike Championships race on circuits the length and breadth of the UK, with top quality riders competing from all over the world. This variety of race event location ensures access to over 300,000 UK based spectators, who can attend race events and see the great action LIVE and close-up from the side of the track.
For those fans unable to attend the race events in person; LIVE coverage and highlight programs are available on Eurosport and ITV, providing access to 12 million UK households and millions more in 54 countries across the globe. The Championship also has it's own internet and social media coverage, reaching hundreds of thousands a week.
Since 2013 True Heroes Racing have competed in a variety of different classes, on both 2 and 3 wheels, at the British Superbike Championships. Starting with a single motorcycle in 2013 we have grown year-on-year to one of the largest single teams within the championships. For the last couple of seasons our activities have been focused around fielding multiple motorcycles in 2 support classes; the single make Ducati TriOptions Cup and the National Superstock 1000 Championship.
Ducati TriOptions Cup
The lead single manufacturer support class championship, consisting of 16 point scoring races, held over a variety of different rounds of the British Superbike Championships, competing on identical Ducati 955cc Panigale bikes. The championship represents great value to teams, riders and sponsors alike, with Ducati UK involvement and two opportunities to race each weekend.
National Superstock 1000 Championship
One of the premier support classes at the British Superbike Championships, the series consists of multiple races held over the entire season and involves 200bhp, 1000cc Superstock specification bikes from all major manufacturers competing against each other. The races themselves are a major spectacle taking the form of sprint races, 50 miles of frantic action with full grids of up to 40 bikes.