Race2Recovery is a successful off-road racing team that provides opportunities for people who have experienced life-changing injuries to participate in off-road activities and motorsport.
We are the first and only motorsport team with combat injured members to twice enter and complete the Dakar Rally. Team members achieve the extraordinary through endeavour and endurance; they are courageous and undaunted by injury, disability and challenges.
Race2Recovery is a strong and supportive team; members become a part of the R2R family and the team are supported by a loyal community of followers.
To enable the participation of people with disabilities in off-road motoring activity to aid their recovery and enhance their lives.
Aim of Race2Recovery
- To provide unique opportunities for people who live with a disability to participate in off-road motoring from gentle off-road experience through to international stage rallying.
- To inspire, motivate and educate the global community about overcoming adversity and demonstrate what can be achieved with endeavour and team work.
- To be fully inclusive and cater for a wide range of disabilities and ambitions.
- To recognise and educate about the sacrifices made by the military and their families in the UK and Allied Forces.
- To encourage donations to military charties such as BLESMA and ABF The Soldiers Charity
Set up in 2011 by a group of wounded soldiers that was inspired to take up cross-country racing,Race2Recovery’s ultimate goal is to participate in and complete the Dakar Rally.
The original Race2RecoveryDakar team included the following:
– Driver Captain Tony Harris (one leg amputated below knee)
– Co-driver Corporal Tom Neathway (triple amputee)
– Team Manager Warrant Officer Andrew ‘Pav’ Taylor (spinal fusion)
– Co-driver Corporal Phillip Gillespie (leg amputated below knee)
– Mechanic Corporal Wayne Williams (paralysed vocal cord)
The team benefitted from the involvement of several experienced rally raid participants including Pierre de Frenne, Team Principal, and Quinn Evans, a co-driver who has finished as high as fourth place in the Dakar.
As well as supporting the rehabilitation of the group of injured ex-servicemen directly involved in the project,Race2Recovery aimed to raise money for Tedworth House, a military personnel recovery and assessment centre part funded by theHelp for Heroes charity.
“Race2Recovery is immensely proud that Land Rover has chosen to support our ethos and determination to succeed in the Dakar,” said Captain Tony Harris, driver of one of the Dakar Wildcats. “Our team recognises the power and strength of Land Rover-based products and technology and it’s reflected in our choice of vehicle for this project.
“For all of us on the team, this is an opportunity to push the boundaries of the possible and to challenge the human spirit of adventure and ensure that our injuries do not dictate our lives. We are incredibly grateful for Land Rover’s backing for our comrades, colleagues and families who still require on-going care and support.”