For the past 2 years R2R has been reinventing itself by evolving from a Dakar focussed race team, into a sustainable charity run solely by unpaid volunteers. We provide cathartic and life enhancing experiences to our UK military veteran community; especially those with life changing conditions.
So far this year…
We have begun to train up a new driver pairing ready for the British Cross Country Championships (Freelander Challenge). The new race team consists of a wheelchair-bound driver / navigator and our first driver with complex PTSD. Both have been put through their paces, ready for live racing in the second half of this year.
More excitedly, we trained up two of our team to go to the Finke Rally in Australia. They spent 7 weeks in country working with our Antipodean equivalent RAEMUS Rover of the Returned Services League (click here for more details). Although the trip was funded largely with help from the Limbless Veterans Charity, the guys could not have gone without the pre-training and preparation provided by R2R.
Quarter 2, saw R2R enter the forest rally stages at the Goodwood festival of speed. The FoS provided the new British Cross Country team the chance to test their metal in a very competitive and demanding environment and provide some good exposure for our sponsors. Meanwhile our two guys in Australia completed one of the hardest off road races on the Aussie circuit.
Did I forget to mention that whilst all the training activity and veteran support was going on, our hard-working volunteers have been renovating our new workshop to make it wheel chair disability friendly (more to follow).
The final part of the year will see us taking part in the last 2 rounds of the BCCC. The final rally takes place in the formidable estate of Walters Arena in wales, otherwise known as car killing territory. Here we hope to equal the success of 2015 where we became the first all disabled crew to win a national UK rally event.
In parallel, we shall embark on the next stage of our evolution. R2R with the support from the
Soldier’s Charity (Army Benevolent Fund) will become a certified 4×4 training facility,
purposefully designed to provided vocational qualifications to disabled service leavers.
Lots to do and more to come and as always none of what we achieve can be done without
All the best,
R2R Team Manager