Video of True Heroes Racing dedicated to King’s Lynn racer Mark Fincham
PUBLISHED: 10:10 09 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:15 09 September 2017
A video highlighting the importance of getting injured serviceman and veterans back on track has been dedicated to the late Mark Fincham.
The disabled superbike rider features in the beginning of the video, seen in his natural element on the racetrack.
The video follows members of True Heroes Racing - of which Mark Fincham was one - which is a not-for-profit organisation set up in aid of injured service personnel to help them on their road to recovery.
True Heroes Racing was set up in 2012 by serving member of the Royal Navy Phil Spencer, who wanted to use competitive motorsport as a way of restoring a sense of direction and focus for injured service personnel.
In the video, produced by King’s Lynn-based design company Studio20a for Adrian Flux’s digital magazine Influx, Mr Spencer said: “The reason we came into superbike racing was because it was the biggest challenge out there. “Motorsport in a car is quite commonplace, there’s quite a lot disabled drivers out there, but motorcycling is king of unheard of, we’ve broke new ground.”
Mr Fincham, a former Royal Marine from King’s Lynn, had part of his left leg amputated after a road accident in 2007 - but that did not stop him from racing for the True Heroes team in superbike championships.
News of the 37-year-old’s death last month rocked the sporting world and he was given a touching send off by hundreds of motorcyclists at his funeral in King’s Lynn.
He died in a collision with another motorbike on August 6 at a race meeting in Thruxton Motorsport Centre near Basingstoke.
Mr Fincham does not speak in the video. Instead he gives the limelight to his team members to give personal accounts of their journey from the military to the racetrack.
Mechanic Adam Francis, a double amputee who lost his legs in Afghanistan, talks about the injuries he sustained while serving in the army.
Motorcyclists and veterans Jim Walker and Dave Mackay describe the thrill of motorcycle racing and pushing limits.