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Soldiers injured in Dakar 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.

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The drivers racing to raise money for Help for Heros

28 people make up the Race2Recovery team competing in the Dakar Rally. But the team has four rally cars competing in the event with a driver and co-driver in each vehicle.

  • Captain Tony Harris was blown up by an IED in Afghanistan and his leg was amputated below the knee. He is joined by Cathy Derousseaux an experienced rally co-driver.
  • Ben Gott, a rally specialist is paired with Marine Staff Sergeant Mark Zambon. In 2011 he stepped on an IED and lost both his legs.
  • Justin Birchall is a civilian rally driver who has competed in British and European rally events. Corporal Tom Neathway is a triple amputee who recently carried the Olympic torch through his home town. He was injured after triggering a booby trap in Afghanistan in 2008.
  • Major Matt O'Hare is a founding member of Race2Recovery and is partnered with Corporal Philip Gillespie. Gillespie's right leg was amputated below the knee and his left leg was significantly damaged after he stood on an IED in 2011.

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