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Sunshine Coast mission

HAVING used racing cars and powerboats to help wounded soldiers on the road to recovery, Mission Motorsport has added another string to its petrol-powered bow.

With an increasing number of troops showing a desire to get on the grid the charity staged its first motorcycle event at the prestigious Silverstone circuit.

The day offered expert tuition to a handful of personnel who were riding the two-wheeled machines for the first time since being injured, while also providing track time for those seeking a taste of life in the fast lane.

Cpl Richard Pittam (AGC (RMP)) suffers with spinal stenosis – a shrinking of the spine that restricts his movement – and the session helped him fulfil a long-term ambition of getting back on the bike.

“I got an email from Mission Motorsport asking me if I wanted to come to Silverstone and I said ‘yes’,” he
explained.

“To begin with it was about restoring my confidence, then I moved up to the start line and I’ve been taking corners as well.

“It is all coming back to me, although I’ve had to learn how to position myself as my legs are strapped to
the bike.

“I’m almost housebound at the moment and have been trying to find ways to motivate myself.

“Even when things like this come along I try to talk myself out of it but there is nothing better than riding a bike.” 

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