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The Dakar Rally – The Amazing Story of Race2Recovery DVD follows a group of injured British and American soldiers, as they became the first amputee team to take on the world’s toughest rally. The perfect Christmas gift for motorsport fans, the documentary follows the team as they prepare for and race almost 6000 miles over 15 days through Peru, Argentina and Chile. Ten per cent of all proceeds from the sale of the DVD will be donated to Help for Heroes.

The Race2Recovery team tackled some of the most challenging, isolated terrain in the world, from giant, coastal sand dunes to the top of the Andes. The Dakar is the ultimate test of man and machine versus the elements, but for Race2Recovery, there was an added challenge. Each of the four 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.

The rally was the culmination of two years hard work. The idea for Race2Recovery grew out of a conversation between Neathway and Captain Tony Harris at Headley Court Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre and quickly grew into a twenty-eight strong rally team, comprised of volunteers and servicemen. Harris became the first amputee driver to enter the Dakar, using a specially adapted clutch pedal.

The team’s target was to get four Land Rover-based Wildcat vehicles across the finish line, but things did not go according to plan. Within days, three of the Wildcats had been forced to retire, one in a horrifying rollover crash. The tears flowed as the crews saw their dream turn into a nightmare. The infamous Dakar had bitten hard but against the odds, the remaining Wildcat ‘Joy’, named after a team benefactor, struggled on. Joy made it to the finish line in Santiago de Chile and in doing so, co-driver Corporal Barney Gillespie became the first amputee to complete the Dakar.

“It was almost two years to the day since I was blown up in Afghanistan,” said Gillespie at the finish. “There were dark days when I thought life as I knew it was over, but I hope I’ve shown that serious injury is no barrier to doing extraordinary things. Everyone here’s been through so much, but we’ve all supported each other. It’s been an emotional journey, but we made it.”

Produced by Gaucho Productions and directed by award winning director Tim Pritchard (Ross Kemp on Gangs), this moving documentary uses a host of different cameras to capture the inside story of the tears, tantrums and triumphs.

The Dakar Rally – The Amazing Story of Race2Recovery DVD is available now from http://www.dukevideo.com for £14.99 10% of all DVD sales will be donated to Help for Heroes.  You can also buy or rent the documentary from iTunes.

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