A SERVING SOLDIER from Solihull is on the lookout for new sponsors ahead of his motorcycle racing season which will see him tour the UK.
Ashley Sayers joined the army in 2012 and completed his armoured vehicle drivers course in Bulford in February of last year.
However the 22-year-old will swap a military taxi for his racing bike next month when lining up for the first race of the 2016 Metzeler Newcomer 600 season at Angelsey Circuit on Saturday (June 11).
With the series running until October, Ashley has his aspirations set high and he’s in need of sponsors to help fund his endeavours on track where he will ride a Yamaha R6.
The Shirley resident, who lives in Bulford during the week before coming back home for the weekend, said: “I’ve always been into bikes and took up racing as a way of pursuing what I love doing.
“I’ve now gained my race licence meaning I’ll be racing all over the country – it’s going to be tough but I can’t wait to embrace the new challenge.
“I was ten when I first started riding a bike so it’s always been a part of my life as I grew up as a teenager and then in my early adult years.”
The former Light Hall pupil will hit speeds of up to 140mph during his races and will combine his life in the army with his progress in the race series.
Ashley is particularly keen to attract local sponsors and is urging Solihull businesses to get in touch before the season starts so he can maximise his chances of taking the chequered flag.
He added: “Racing a motorcycle isn’t cheap, things can go wrong and when they do it can hit you hard financially.
“Sponsors are a vital part of any motorsport and it’d be great to have some local Solihull businesses on board as I race around some of the UK’s top tracks.
“I want to keep it in the community where possible and the opportunity to have businesses stickers and logos on my bike are available.”
The 1st Mercian Soldier explained more about his army career and insisted it’s a job he loves where he relishes the facilities available within his training area.
Ashley said: “I’ve spent a couple of years in Germany and only just returned from Canada where we spent two months training our armoured capabilities.
“I’ve completed my armoured vehicle drivers course since joining the 1st Battalion Mercian Regiment – we’re currently on high readiness and will be the first battalion deployed should the government require us.”
Businesses or individuals interested in contacting Ashley about potential sponsorship can email firstname.lastname@example.org.