A soldier will participate in the Thruxton race event

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A British Army soldier from Amesbury is among hundreds of riders taking part in the British Superbike event at Thruxton from August 12-14.

Stephen Thomas, who has lived with his family in Amesbury for six years, is supported by the army as an elite sportsman in motorcycle racing.

The 30-year-old runs his own independent racing team involving his family members.

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Stephen said he was delighted to compete locally in front of his family, friends and sponsors.

“It looks like we’re going to have fantastic weather this weekend at Thruxton,” said Stephen.

“Maybe a little too hot for me. But I’m sure spectators will be throwing on the sunscreen and enjoying an ice cream or two while watching the bikes.

Stephen’s wife is a detective with Wiltshire Police. The couple have an eight-month-old baby.

His racing team includes members of his family, including his brother who is a mechanic.

Stephen added that the Thruxton Race will be a fun, friendly and family atmosphere for all to enjoy.

“When I go to the races it’s competitive and it’s a very serious place. We have goals that we’re trying to achieve. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun at the event.

“It’s really good to enjoy the world of racing and to have my family there too and have them experience that because it’s not every day.

“It’s also a great opportunity for local sponsors to physically come and see what British Superbikes is all about and see what they support. And that’s one of the best things to share – experiences with sponsors. They not only get the brand awareness they get everywhere, but they actually enjoy the experience of coming to Thruxton and seeing for themselves what we do and learning about the bikes and the environment.

Stephen will compete in the British Supersport 600 class.

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Known as Tommo #21 in the racing world, he has been racing motorcycles on the road since 2017.

Although he missed 2019 due to military deployment, Stephen has so far won two 600cc club level championships and claimed x3 class lap records.

Stephen thanked Mission Motorsport, Blackbird Corporate, Helmet City, MPH Clothing, JMF Heating & Plumbing and the Army Motorcycle Road Race team for supporting his team during the races.

His team can be contacted via the Tommo21racing.co.uk website or @tommo21racing social media.

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