The 2014 Dakar rally challenge is underway, and making a welcome return is the inspirational team from 2013 who proved that grit and determination will always triumph against adversity.
Race2Recovery are a team of severely injured soldiers. They made history at the 2013 Dakar through being the first ever disabled rally team to enter and complete this demanding South American rally.
With the support of Land Rover, Race2Recovery have entered two vehicles into the 2014 Dakar, often dubbed the “toughest race in the world”.The 2014 Dakar
The 2014 Dakar is a 14 day trial that will see the team race across some of the world's most punishing terrain. It's a journey of over 9,000km across three countries – Argentina, Bolivia and Chile. Challenges faced along the way include the Atacama desert and the Andes mountains, with temperatures expected to reach between 40 and 50 degrees Celcius.
Says Race2Recovery founder Tony Harris, “We’re delighted to be back in South America for our second Dakar challenge.
“The memory of finishing last year’s race is something we’ll always treasure but we always wanted the Race2Recovery team to become a sustainable rally team so it’s fantastic to be entering our second Dakar.”
Race2Recovery have a motto: “Beyond injury, achieving the extraordinary.” Having been severely injured in some of the planet's least hospitable environments, they're now wilfully subjecting themselves to even more punishment through undertaking the merciless Dakar, all in the interests of raising money for charity. It's hard to imagine a more inspirational tale.
Just like in 2013, Race2Recovery will race the Dakar in a pair of Land Rover Defender-based Wildcat rally-raid vehicles. Support will be provided by a T4 race truck and a T4 support truck, whilst throughout the 14 day trial, Land Rover will also offer financial support and all manner of helpful parts, logistics and vehicles.
The 2014 Race2Recovery team is comprised of 16 injured soldiers and civilian volunteers. Amongst their numbers you'll find drivers, co-drivers, support vehicle drivers and a crew of technical and mechanical experts. So far, the team have raised over £250,000 for Tedworth House Personnel Recovery Centre and Help for Heroes. This year, they've added military charity Blesma to their list of beneficiaries.
Says Mark Cameron of Jaguar Land Rover: “We’re very proud of our association with Race2Recovery, having been the team’s lead sponsor since its inception.
“The team has broken down barriers relating to disability and motorsport and truly lives up to its motto.
“The Dakar is the ultimate race and one that has a long association with Land Rover vehicles. We’re pleased that the team can benefit from our support and we wish them the very best of luck. We’ll be following their progress all the way.”
So will we, Mark. So will we.