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Rising sports stars continue to shine

Three up-and-coming sports stars sponsored by Transmec UK have all enjoyed a successful year competing on an international stage.

Junior Thai boxer George Rowand was selected for Team GB and took part in the world championships in Bangkok.

Meanwhile motorcyclist Trystan Finocchiaro rode at Europe’s top circuits during the World Supersport 300 season and cyclist Harry Hardcastle achieved podium finishes in a series of tough under-23 races across France.

“It’s been a fantastic 12 months and going to Thailand in August as part of Team GB was an amazing experience. I’m really grateful to Transmec for their support,” said George, who is a member of Redditch’s Thaitans Martial Arts Academy.

Having won both his bouts at the Northern Open held at the end of November, the 13 year-old went on to win at February’s Baltic Open in Lithuania where he competed for Team GB.

Riding for Italy-based Scuderia Maranga Racing, Trystan was the only British racer competing in the championship.

And despite his relative inexperience, the 20-year-old proved himself to be one of the top Honda riders, matching the fastest ever lap on a Honda around France’s Circuit Nevers Magny-Cours.

However, the Hondas ultimately struggled to match the power of the other manufacturers and Trystan has accepted an offer to compete in the British Junior Supersport championship in 2019, riding for the KTM team.

“It’s been a tough season but I’ve learnt so much and I’m so happy with the rider I have become,” he said.

“My main focus for 2019 is on taking the British title and I can’t wait to get started.”

Moving from West Yorkshire to ride for the Amicale Cycliste Bisontine team, Harry’s year took him across France and beyond.

“I think that I had a good season considering that it was my first year as an under 23 which means longer races, harder races and better riders,” said Harry.

The highlight was winning an elite national – the top class of race in France – after being part of a group which broke away from the peloton after just 50km of the 180km race.

“I got away with three others in the final 5km and then managed to win the sprint,” the 19-year-old added.

“I also had another win which was in a smaller race and multiple top three and top ten positions.”