The team’s final testing and training package in Morocco has proved a huge success and vital to ensuring the race crews are as prepared as possible for the harsh realities of the Dakar Rally in South America next month. With a fleet of three Defenders and support from the Land Rover Experience team out in Morocco R2R T4 truck driver and off-road “Jedi” Mark Cullum delivered a well rounded package that saw the drivers and co-drivers work together in the Atlas Mountains, long, rocky tracks and some of the largest sand seas in Morocco over a five day period.
With the drivers safely back from Morocco on their Easyjet flight G-EZUS (that one’s never going to crash then) we can all reflect on the vital driving skills, terrain analysis and recovery techniques imparted by R2R T4 crew member and off road driving instructor Mark Cullum alongside Moy Torralladona from […]
Having spent the night in a large rock field with our film crew, some may say it was comfortable… it wasn’t, we prepared our vehicles and Barney set our course towards the dune fields near the Algerian border.
With a beautiful sunrise in the Atlas Mountains the Race2Recovery drivers began day two of their driving instruction. Our day was set to consist of a long road move towards the dunes in the south-east which began with a long winding descent in the mountains and then a scenic drive through the flat valleys and culminating in our next overnight stop deep in the moonscape of Morocco where we would practice our complex driving techniques, ascents and descents and procedures for reading the ground as well correct vehicle preparation for the terrain.
Following our last update we have now completed day one of our training package with Mark Cullum and the Land Rover Experience team and what a great introduction it has been. The team were broken down between the three Defenders with Tony and Chris in the grey Matt, Mark and Barney in the green Defender and Ben, Charlie and Moy in the “Little Foot” (affectionally titled due to it’s large Cooper Discoverer STT LT305/70/R16’s).
The Race2Recovery drivers have arrived in Morocco for what promises to be an intensive desert driving training package with R2R T4 crew member and former Camel Trophy expert Mark Cullum, Dakar veteran Moy Torrallardona and the Land Rover Experience (LRE) team. Barney is also out here to add co-driver inputs and generally harangue the drivers when they make mistakes.
Members of the R2R team were given an excellent training day at Quaife Engineering on 11th September working with the designers and engineers of the excellent, up armoured 6 speed sequential gearbox used in the Qt Wildcats as well as the fantastic limited slip differentials that provide enhanced mobility and endurance to the renowned Wildcat.
For a team like ours safety and elite training are key to the success of our endeavour so when Dave Marsh, Team Driver and Watch Manager for the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, spoke to his command they immediately swung into action.
The Tuareg Rally 2012 in Morocco was the team’s first international event and saw the two Qt Wildcats finish 10th and 25th out of 52 professional entries. Join their incredible journey through the beautiful and varied terrain of Morocco with contributions from the whole team from the moment they leave […]
In order to prepare for the hardest race in the world in just over 18 months from start to finish requires a lot of training in a lot of different areas. See just some of the incredible things that the team have been up to here.
Race2Recovery’s recent trip to Sweden to drive on a frozen lake. A bit rough round the edges, as shot and edited on an iPhone
Race2Recovery's final instalment from the Tuareg Rally 2012
Race2Recovery's Barney Gillespie talks about his co-driving experience with Gintas Petrus on the Tuareg Rally 2012
Short film follows the Race2Recovery team in their Land Rover Defenders and Qt Wildcats from the UK to Morocco via Spain to start the Tuareg Rally
When the Race2Recovery team competed in Morocco in March 2012 it was their first international test and for many of the team members it was their first desert race too. For the wounded team members this was also going to be their first time back in the desert since they were injured.