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Dakar Rally 2013: Race2Recovery - first disability team completed Dakar.





Race2Recovery, the group of predominantly injured soldiers who formed a rally team to raise funds for Forces charities, were celebrating the sensational achievement of becoming the first ever disability team to complete the world’s toughest race - the Dakar Rally.
 
The team’s Land Rover Defender-based Wildcat race vehicle of driver Major Matt O’Hare and co-driver Corporal Phillip Gillespie, crossed the finish line in Santiago, Chile, yesterday to signal the end of an extraordinary two weeks of racing.

The team, sponsored by Land Rover which provided off-road training, parts, Discovery support vehicles and financial support, was elated as they crossed the line. Major O’Hare (32) and Corporal Gillespie who piloted the finishing car, were quick to praise their teammates, including the mechanics and support team, as they spoke shortly after completing the final stage.

"It’s not quite sinking in that we’ve actually done it. I’m ecstatic and am so proud and pleased for the whole Race2Recovery team. Our mechanics and support team have kept us in the race and their work and dedication was second to none."

"Our other drivers and co-drivers who were forced to retire earlier in the race became an integral part of the support team as we continued the challenge and so this really is a team success. To complete the Dakar is an incredible achievement in itself, but to become the first ever disability team to cross that finish line lifts the achievement to a whole other level" said Major O’Hare.
 
Corporal Phillip Gillespie, 24, from Ballymena, Northern Ireland, who is a leg amputee as a result of injuries sustained in Afghanistan, said: "We have found out first-hand why they call the Dakar the hardest race in the world. It has pushed every single one us to our limits and beyond."

"To be able to stand here at the finish line and say we achieved what we set out to achieve, to become the first ever disability team to complete the Dakar, feels magical. Our team motto is ‘beyond injury - achieving the extraordinary’ and we’ve done just that."

"I hope that we’ve been able to inspire people who may be facing difficulties through injury or illness. The support we’ve received from everyone - our sponsors, supporters, families, friends, the military and  complete strangers - has been amazing and is testament to the ability and dedication of this team."
 
Race2Recovery Team Manager, Warrant Officer Andrew Taylor, who suffered a serious back injury after being caught in a suicide bomb attack during active service in the Royal Army Medical Corps, said: "The support that this team has received, from back home and also from the people of Peru, Argentina and Chile, has been first class."

"People from all over the world have been sending messages of support to the team and the closer we got to the finish the more these messages flooded in. The Race2Recovery challenge really seems to have captured the imagination of the public and we can’t thank everyone enough. One of our biggest aims has been to raise money for Tedworth House Personnel Recovery Centre."

"Many of our team members, their families and people we know have benefitted from the recovery process that supports our country’s injured servicemen and women. I would urge anyone that has followed our team, and is celebrating its success, to visit our website and make a donation to this fantastic cause."
 
Captain Tony Harris, 31, one of Race2Recovery’s rally drivers who is a below the knee amputee as a result of injuries suffered while serving in Afghanistan, said: "To be standing here in Santiago knowing we’ve finished, two weeks after starting out on this epic journey, feels absolutely brilliant. The team have shown huge dedication, going without sleep and putting in some serious hours of hard work, whether as the drivers, co-drivers or support team."

"We’re also very mindful that three of our members weren’t able to follow the whole journey with us after being injured in a road traffic accident earlier on the event. We’re very grateful that they have all made a good recovery but our thoughts have always been with those others involved in the accident who were less fortunate and our sympathy remains with their families."
 
The team received Royal backing when, in November, it became the first ever recipient of a grant from the Endeavour Fund, set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who have been following Race2Recovery’s progress since day one, sent a personal message of congratulations to the team: "Catherine and I have heard the wonderful news about your success today - many, many congratulations. We know it was not easy, but you have today become true record holders as the first ever disability team to complete what is one of the world's toughest challenges."

"What you have achieved was a triumph of perseverance and teamwork, and you have shown the world what true valour looks like. We hope you get some rest now, and, please, no driving like that on our roads when you're back!"

The Race2Recovery team’s four Defender-based Wildcat race vehicles took to the start line in Lima, Peru on the morning of Saturday 5th January, signalling the start of 15 days of racing 8570km over extreme mountain and desert terrains.

However, the team’s Wildcat vehicle ‘Joy’, donated to the team by the Peter Harrison Foundation and named after Peter’s wife, Joy, who sadly passed away in September last year, remained firmly in the race. Suffering from some over-heating problems during the first half of the rally, the team were regularly forced to do more of their driving at night.

However, the team’s mechanics were able to do major work to the vehicle on the event rest day, fixing a number of issues and enabling Major O’Hare and Corporal Gillespie to make great progress through the second week.
 
The scale of their achievement is highlighted by the statistics of this year’s rally, which saw over a third of race vehicles retire from the Dakar Rally, with the Race2Recovery team outlasting a huge number of vastly more experienced competitors.
  
The Race2Recovery team has rapidly risen to become a fully functioning rally raid team in only 18 months. Originally beginning their campaign with one Land Rover Freelander and a handful of members, the team now totals 28 people with four Wildcat race vehicles and fleet of support vehicles including a 4x4 truck that will race the course in order to support the race cars, plus 8x8 support trucks and a number of Land Rover Discovery vehicles to help move the support team and mechanical equipment.    
  
The team operates to the motto "Beyond Injury - Achieving The Extraordinary", and set up its Dakar challenge in order to inspire people who may be injured, ill or facing adversity. Through its racing activity, Race2Recovery has been raising money for Tedworth House Personnel Recovery Centre, one of six Personnel Recovery Centres that have been established as part of the Defence Recovery Capability.

The Defence Recovery Capability is an MOD-led initiative in partnership with Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion to ensure wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women have access to the key resources they need as they recover. 
 
The Race2Recovery team aims to continue its charitable fundraising way past the end of this year’s Dakar Rally. The official book, "Race2Recovery: Beyond Injury, Achieving the Extraordinary", will be published by Haynes and FireStep Publishing in March 2013.

2013/01/22 | 18:09 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/QUICKPIC











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