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Duke and Duchess congratulate Race2Recovery's injured soldiers

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sent a personal message today to the Race2Recovery team of severely injured soldiers and civilian volunteers who completed the gruelling Dakar Rally in Chile, South America.

The team, made up of mainly British servicemen along with two US Marines – many of them amputees following injuries in Afghanistan - set out with four Land Rover-based Wildcat vehicles on January 5th but only one vehicle, and crossed the finishing line late on Saturday evening.

Race2Recovery celebrate as their car approaches the Dakar Rally finishing line.
Race2Recovery celebrate as their car approaches the Dakar Rally finishing line. Credit: Race2Recovery

The Duke and Duchess, who have followed the team’s progress since Day One said in their message: “Catherine and I have heard the wonderful news about your success today - many, many congratulations.

“We know it was not easy, but you have today become true record holders as the first ever disability team to complete what is one of the world's toughest challenges.

“What you have achieved was a triumph of perseverance and teamwork, and you have shown the world what true valour looks like. We hope you get some rest now, and, please, no driving like that on our roads when you're back!"

Three Britons injured in Dakar Rally 'stable and doing well'

A statement has been released about the three Race2Recovery team members that were injured in a head-on collision during the Dakar Rally yesterday.

John Winskill, Justin Birchall and Lee Townsend are said to be stable and doing well.

A statement, posted on the Race2Recovery Facebook page said:

The three injured team members of Race2Recovery, John Winskill, Justin Birchall and Lee Townsend, would like to extend their heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of the two people who lost their lives in the tragic incident that took place near Tacna in Peru on 9th January.

They would also like to wish a full and speedy recovery to those others who were hurt alongside themselves.

The injured Race2Recovery members are very sad to be leaving the Dakar rally under such unfortunate circumstances and wish their fellow team members the very best in their continuing endeavours.

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Third Race2Recovery vehicle retires from Dakar Rally

A third vehicle in the Race2Recovery team of injured soldiers who are attempting to complete the Dakar Rally for charity has been forced to retire after an accident.

The team has tweeted:

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A third Race2Recovery Wildcat race vehicle has been forced to retire from the Dakar Rally as a result of an in-race accident.

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Driver Ben Gott and co-driver SSgt Mark Zambon were racing across the desert in Chile on Stage 6 of Dakar 2013... http://t.co/UATmo0L7

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Ben and Mark were treated at the scene. Ben had an injury to his back and was transferred to a local hospital in... http://t.co/dor2pvRl

It comes a day after three members of the team were injured in a head-on collision.

Race2Recovery team thanks supporters

The Race2Recovery team is thanking its supporters after three team members were seriously injured in a accident in Peru.

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Thank you for all your messages of support; sorry not to answer individually but we are busy supporting families in the UK.

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Thinking of @tom_r2r and the @race2recovery team this morning and sending all the support possible in 140 characters! #beyondinjury

Soldiers injured raising money for Help for Heroes

John Winskill, Lee Townsend and Justin Birchall
John Winskill, Lee Townsend and Justin Birchall Credit: Race2Recovery

A civilian volunteer and two former soldiers are receiving treatment in hospital after being involved in a car crash while competing in the Dakar Rally.

Retired Army Major John Winskil, Falklands veteran Lee Townsend and team driver Justin Birchall were injured in a head-on collision with two other vehicles which left two people dead.

The team has decided to continue competing in the Dakar Rally.

Three Britons injured in Dakar Rally crash

Three members of the Race2Recovery team who are attempting to complete the Dakar Rally for charity have been injured in a head-on collision in Peru.

The three men which including two former soldiers have been flown to a hospital in Lima where they are said to be "stable and conscious".

It's understood that two other people received fatal injuries in the accident.

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Race2Recovery team begin Dakar Rally adventure

The Race2Recovery team, who are hoping to become the first disability team to complete the Dakar Rally, said that they have almost completed the first stage of the race.

On the team's Facebook page, a message said: "Welcome to all our new followers. Our 4 Wildcats, each with an injured soldier as co-driver or driver, has completed stage one at Pisco, Peru on the Dakar Rally. We just await the arrival of our truck no. 575.".

A Twitter message later added:

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We're signing off for a little while, just waiting for confirmation of results on car 373 and truck 575, but we'll... http://t.co/vRetT0PE

Injured soldiers' Dakar rally challenge underway

The Race2Recovery team tweeted an image of its truck from the start of the Dakar Rally.
The Race2Recovery team tweeted an image of its truck from the start of the Dakar Rally. Credit: Race2Recovery

The team of injured soldiers taking part in the world's toughest rally have begun their challenge.

The team tweeted an image from the starting line of the Dakar Rally, in Lima, Peru, adding: "The Race2Recovery truck just went through the Dakar 2013 start. All our vehicles are out there; let battle commence."

The group aims to be the first disability team to complete the rally, which ends in Santiago, Chile.

Injured servicemen 'excited' for Dakar challenge

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Excited!!!! Bring on #Dakar2013 #beyondinjury thankyou everyone who has helped make this dream come true! Very emotional! ????

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