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2013-12-05 10:13

READY FOR DAKAR: The Race2Recovery team is on its way to the 14-day 2014 Dakar race in South America. The race will start on January 5. Above is a Defender-based Wildcat rally-raid cars and a T5 support truck. Image: Newspress

LONDON, England - Race2Recovery, the world's only disabled rally-raid team, has sent its support vehicles en route to South America for the 2014 Dakar.

According to Race2Recovery, it is a team of volunteers racing to inspire those injured, disabled or facing adversity; the first team of predominantly injured servicemen to race in and complete the formidable Dakar Rally in South America in January 2013.


Members of the R2R team have been wounded in combat and have a variety of injuries, some more apparent than others. A Race2Recovery spokesperson said: “Each has a  life completely changed by injuries, be it missing limbs, spinal and respiratory injuries,  psychological or fragmentation.

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 “We participate in the Dakar to raise money for a charitable cause, one chosen by the team. It is a Help for Heroes project, the Tedworth House recovery centre in Wiltshire, south-west England, where injured serviceman can receive every kind of support, for ever.”

The team drove its two Defender-based Wildcat rally-raid cars, one T4 competition truck, one T5 support truck and two Land Rover Discovery support vehicles to the Le Havre port in France. There the hardware was loaded on to the Amaury Sport Organisation ship bound for Brazil for the start of the 2014 Dakar after it
(and other entries) was scrutineered by the ASO.

The support vehicles joined more than 650 other competing vehicles on the ship.

The scrutineering event gives fans an early indication of the sheer size and logistical challenge of running the Dakar. Hundreds of competitors from all over the world gathered to have their bikes, trucks and cars pre-race scrutinised in the various race classes.

The 2014 race will start on January 5 2014 from Rosario in Argentina and will enter Bolivia after crossing the Andes to conclude14 days later in Valparaiso, Chile.


The R2R support vehicles carry front-mounted winches and roof racks and will run on standard all-terrain tyres. Land Rover’s Terrain Response will be used in difficult situations to aid the team to deal with the various demanding landscapes synonymous with the Dakar.

Team manager Pav Taylor said: "I'm relieved that the cars have successfully passed scrutineering. We used the drive from Caen to Le Havre as a short shakedown and made some minor adjustments on the way.

"We learned so much from our inaugural year (2013 Dakar) and we are putting that knowledge into practice for 2014 so I am confident we're ready. Our aim is to finish again but we want to be further up the standings."
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