True racing heroes founder nominated for Sun Millie
The Sun Military Award Category - "Support to the Armed Forces" sees a team of True Racing Heroes nominated.
The brainchild of Warrant Officer Phil Spence from Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton, True Racing Heroes was formed in 2012.
For 2014 this is the only category where the award nominees have come from a Public nomination process. True Racing Heroes is one of three nominations.
Warrant Officer Phil Spencer said; "It's a real honour for True Heroes Racing to have been nominated for a Sun newspaper "Millie" award, it's made particularly special that the team's nomination has come from the general public, who have been extremely supportive of everything True Heroes Racing has done since it formed in 2012.
He continued, “I hope this nomination will help to increase awareness of what True Heroes Racing is achieving, hopefully lead to increased sponsorship support to enable expansion of the team and ultimately offer more opportunities for injured Service personnel to get involved with motorcycle racing, but also to inspire others to go out and achieve the things they never thought possible."
Warrant Officer Spencer having returned safely from several tours of Duty in Afghanistan decided to try and use competitive motorsport as a way of restoring a sense of direction and focus for our injured UK Service personnel.
One of the Team members is Murray Hambro He was a LCpl in the Second Royal Tank Regiment who was injured in a IED explosion on 9th December 2010 and that date is how he chose his race number of “912’.
Due to the injuries Murray sustained both of his legs were amputated below knee.
Murray Hambro was the first rider Phil Spencer brought into the team in 2012 when he set it up and Murray has raced for the team ever since with the last 2 seasons having been in the Triumph Triple Challenge on a specially adapted Triumph Daytona 675R motorcycle at the British Superbike Championships.
Murray’s race bike has special hand controls that replace the usual foot controls used by an able bodied rider to enable him to change gear and operate the rear brake.