The first team of injured service personnel to attempt the world’s toughest motorsport event will communicate with each other using 3M™ Peltor™ rally helmets when they compete in the formidable Dakar Rally this month.
Race2Recovery is a group of British, French and US volunteers aiming to become the first team of predominantly injured servicemen to complete this famous motor rally, which covers 9,000 racing kilometres over 15 gruelling days.
The Dakar challenge starts in Peru, works its way south through Argentina and into Chile to finish in the capital Santiago. It is seen by many as the ultimate test of driving, navigation and mechanical skills – and it has never been attempted by a team with disabilities. Half of the 28-strong Race2Recovery team have suffered injury or illness and six members are amputees. By taking part in the rally, the team hope to raise funds and awareness for the Tedworth House recovery centre in Wiltshire, which offers injured and former servicemen and women specialist support of all kinds, forever.
Paul Davies, Senior Sales Executive for 3M Military Systems said: “The Race2Recovery team approached 3M Peltor Communication Solutions because we are a perfect fit for motor sport and military applications, enabling colleagues to talk to each other and stay protected in harsh and noisy environments.
“We were delighted to help such a worthy cause and proud that the 3M Peltor logo will be displayed on their Wildcat rally cars and support vehicles.”
Race2Recovery is the first recipient of a grant from the Royal Foundation Endeavour Fund, set up by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to enable wounded and injured servicemen and women to take part in challenges and expeditions that will help with their recovery. The plucky team has also captured the imagination of the media. They were featured on the BBC Top Gear programme in July and are the subject of a British Eurosport documentary.
Race2Recovery has raised more than £115,000 to date in support of Tedworth House. For more information or to donate, visit the Race2Recovery website. Donations to the charity are separate from the team’s racing expenses, which are covered by personal contribution and corporate sponsorship. The official, illustrated book Race2Recovery: Beyond Injury, Achieving the Extraordinary will be published by Haynes and FireStep Publishing in March 2013. The book tells the story of the team’s inspiring journey and £2 from every copy sold will be donated to Help For Heroes.