Dakar Rally: Frontline to Finish Line, is a two-part documentary following Race2Recovery’s bid to become the first amputee team to finish the infamous Dakar Rally. It debuts on ITV4 Wednesday 24th April at 9pm. Executive Producer Alistair Weaver gives us the inside scoop.
Dakar the longest in this year’s event. This was an 852km epic, from Tucumán to Cordoba that included a 593km special stage. For the Race2Recovery team and their one remaining Wildcat, ‘Joy’, it would present another fearsome test.
Friday, 11 January: Today, the Dakar got high. After six days of dune bashing, the exhausted crews were asked to travel 751km across the Andes in Argentina. Altitude is a strange companion. You can be the fittest person in the world and still get whacked by an irrational sickness at the mountain top.
“All of Britain’s car manufacturers – Nissan, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover with their announcement of more jobs in Merseyside – there isn’t a British car manufacturer that isn’t expanding at the moment”
Late last night some distressing news reached camp about a road traffic accident involving one of the team’s support vehicles. Justin Birchall, who retired from the rally during stage 4, Lee Townsend, a team mechanic, and the team’s logistics expert, John Winskill, were involved and have been badly injured. They’ve been transferred to a hospital in Lima.
After the travails of yesterday, these mishaps seemed almost routine for the team. On a day when many more experienced outfits suffered terminal problems, all four Wildcats made it safely to the bivouac.
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