Race2Recovery have made history in South America by being the first ever disabled team to cross the finishing line of the gruelling Dakar Rally.
The Race2Recovery team’s four Wildcat vehicles took to the start line in Lima, Peru on the morning of Saturday 5th January, signalling the start of 15 days of racing 9000km over extreme mountain and desert terrain. The first car eliminated from the race was that of Captain Tony Harris and his co-driver Cathy Derousseaux, who were disqualified after having experienced mechanical issues.
A few days later, the race car of driver Justin Birchall and co-driver Corporal Tom Neathway was forced to retire after mechanical issues caused by a particularly punishing Stage 4 that saw a host of other vehicles also retire. On Stage 6, the third car of driver Ben Gott and co-driver US Marine SSgt Mark Zambon hit a ditch at speed and rolled. Whilst they avoided any serious injury the damage to the car meant they were unable to continue the race.
However, Team Joy, remained firmly in the race and team members Major Matt O’Hare and Corporal Philip Gillespie successfully crossed the finish line on Saturday 19 January, 15 days after the start.
The team operates to the motto ‘Beyond Injury – Achieving The Extraordinary’, and set up its Dakar Rally challenge in order to inspire people who may be injured, ill or facing adversity.
They are raising money for Tedworth House, the Help for Heroes Recovery Centre.
To read more, please visit: www.race2recovery.com