The start of the on track journey begins with our Grassroots rider programme.
Building on the close links we have with the UK military rehabilitation system, in 2019 we launched our Grassroots rider programme. We created a unique initiative to take Wounded, Injured and Sick UK Service personnel currently undergoing, or coming to the end of their rehabilitation process and offer them the chance to become a motorcycle racer for the first time. Proving their injuries or disability don't have to limit what activities they can undertake and provide a unique focus and new need for fitness for them as they near the end of their physical rehabilitation journey.
Using the skills and experience we have built up competing at the top level within the UK since 2012, we nurture, mentor and guide a complete novice through the entire process. From applying for their ACU race licence, building up track experience, undertaking their on track race licence test, to taking to the grid in their first ever club race.
This programme also signifies a return to where it all started in 2012, when the formation of True Heroes Racing took a double leg amputee injured soldier to the race track for the first time and secured him his ACU race licence. The rest is history...
The Grassroots rider programme is run with the support of the North Gloucester Road Racing Club. A club with whom we have built up a strong affiliation over the last few years and with who True Heroes Racing competed in our first ever race back in September 2012 at Castle Coombe.
Alongside competing at the British Superbike Championships, Army Veteran Dave Mackay is acting as the prime mentor for this initiative. Dave also started his racing career with the North Gloucester Road Racing Club, before progressing to the National level with True Heroes Racing in 2015 in the Ducati TriOptions Cup.
Even while he has been competing at a National level, Dave has still competed every year with the club and actually won the 2018 and 2019 Sound of Thunder championships for the team.
Programmes like this already exist for able bodied, younger riders as the UK attempts to grow it’s world level racing stars of the future, but nothing like this exists in the UK for racers with disabilities.
So it's another first for True Heroes Racing...