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Frontline ITV4Concluding part of documentary following Race2Recovery as they become the first amputee team to take on the world’s toughest rally

Dakar Rally: Frontline to Finish Line concludes tonight on ITV4 at 9pm. The 2 x 1hr series, directed by Tim Pritchard (Ross Kemp on Gangs), follows Race2Recovery, a team of seriously injured servicemen from Britain and the US as they take on the world’s toughest rally.

The first episode saw the team leave Lima to begin the 6000 miles rally through Peru, Argentina and Chile. Each of the team’s four Land Rover-based Wildcat rally cars contained an amputee serviceman as part of the two-man crew. Co-driver Corporal Tom Neathway, for example, is a triple amputee, having lost both legs and an arm while serving in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, the rally did not begin well for Neathway and the rest of the team. Two of the cars were forced out of the rally in the first week, then members of the support team were involved in a tragic road traffic accident that left three crew members seriously injured and claimed the lives of two locals.

Episode 2 begins in Peru with two cars still in the rally. It follows them out of Peru and into Chile, but more problems lie ahead. The Wildcat of amateur rally driver Ben Gott and double amputee US Marine Mark Zambon is involved in a terrifying rollover crash that places yet more pressure on the team. Their Dakar dream is turning into a nightmare but one of the Wildcat’s struggles through Argentina and back into Chile. Viewers will then discover whether, against all the odds, one car will make it to the finish.

ITV4 has organised a tweetalong using the hashtag #race2recovery to allow viewers to interact with members of the team during the show. One of those taking part is Captain Tony Harris (@ajelharris), who lost his left leg in a bomb blast in Afghanistan and became the first amputee driver to start the Dakar. He was forced out of the rally in the first week but stayed to support the remaining cars.

“The response to the first episode has been extraordinary,” says Harris. “It was great to be able to interact with viewers using Twitter and help them engage with the show. Episode 2 is no less dramatic, but without wishing to spoil the plot, I can assure everyone that it’s not all doom and gloom. The humour and determination of amputee co-driver Corporal ‘Barney’ Gillespie and driver Major Matt O’Hare is what the team is all about.”

“The concluding part of Dakar Rally: Frontline to Finish Line, has some wonderful moments of humour,” says Gaucho Productions’ Executive Producer, Alistair Weaver. “We pick up the story with more than half the rally still to go and the team in real trouble, but the way they keep going epitomises the spirit and determination of the amazing Race2Recovery team.”

Dakar Rally: Frontline to Finish Line will be shown on ITV4 tonight, 26th April 2013 at 9pm.

A trailer for the series can be viewed/embedded at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07HdX5LuaJ4

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