A mechanic’s skill is helping a team of injured soldiers take on one of the world’s toughest motorsport challenges for the second time.
Race2Recovery made history as the first disabled rally team to enter, and complete, the Dakar rally in 2013, and they are back for a second attempt in 2014.
Tim Hare, aged 41, from Bugbrooke, is one of the civilian members of the team, and brings significant motor racing experience to his role in the support crew.
Mr Hare has worked in the industry for 22 years and was part of a winning Dakar team in 1999. He also spent ten years working in Formula 1 and his current role is for Bosch motorsport.
The team, supported by Land Rover, has entered two race vehicles into the 2014 Dakar which started on Sunday, and is set to end on January 18.
Mr Hare said: “Last year was an unbelievable experience. It pushed all of us to our limits and so the fact we managed to achieve our end goal meant so much to not just the team but all our supporters and sponsors.
“What’s amazing is that it didn’t end there. We’re back for another year and that’s a phenomenal achievement in itself. We gained a lot of experience from being part of last year’s Dakar and it’s up to us to use that experience to our advantage this year.”
Race2Recovery operates to the motto ‘beyond injury, achieving the extraordinary’. So far, the team has raised more than £250,000 for Tedworth House Personnel Recovery Centre and Help for Heroes and, this year, is also raising awareness of military charity Blesma.
This year’s team is made up of 16 injured soldiers and civilian volunteers , including drivers, co-drivers, support vehicle drivers and a crew of technical and mechanical experts.
The injured servicemen will be driving Land Rover Defender-based Wildcat vehicles, both of which were entered in last year’s race