RACE2RECOVERY, the group of severely injured soldiers who made history as the first disabled rally team to enter, and complete, the Dakar rally in 2013 have arrived in South America for the 2014 running of the toughest race in the world.

Hapton-based Justin Birchall, who was seriously injured in the rally last year, has travelled out with the rest of the team.

The team, supported by Land Rover, has entered two race vehicles into the 2014 Dakar which will once again put its competitors through the ultimate physical and mental test.

Speaking at the start-line in Rosario ahead of the challenge, team founder and driver, retired Captain Tony Harris said: “We’re delighted to be back in South America for our second Dakar challenge.

“The memory of finishing last year’s race is something we’ll always treasure but we always wanted the Race2Recovery team to become a sustainable rally team so it’s fantastic to be entering our second Dakar.

“We learnt a lot from last year’s competition so we feel extremely well prepared for the challenges that this race will inevitably throw at us.”