The Road to Dakar is a new five-part documentary following Race2Recovery team of disabled British and American serviceman as they attempt the most gruelling motorsport event in the world, the Dakar Rally. Charting the journey from the battlefield to the Dakar, the series is narrated by Captain Tony Harris, who lost his left leg in Afghanistan but is about to become the first amputee driver to compete in the Dakar. Tony and his teammates have an amazing story to tell. Co-driver Tom Neathway is a triple amputee, while Mark Zambon is a US Marine who lost both his legs while serving as a bomb disposal expert. He too will co-drive in one of their specialist Qt Wildcat rally raid cars, based on the Land Rover Defender. Race2Recovery will be the first predominantly disabled team ever to enter the Dakar. Their aims are two-fold; firstly to inspire other injured service personnel and the wider disabled community, and to raise money for the Personal Recovery Centre at Tedworth House. This Help for Heroes project supports injured service personnel, veterans and their families.
Through the series, viewers see them learn to navigate through the Moroccan desert, do battle with sand dunes on the North African coast and combat the Dorset mud. We’ll feel their emotion as a financial crisis almost kills the dream, and we’ll share the tears, tantrums and triumphs as the rally gets ever closer. This is a truly extraordinary human story of courage and fast cars, set against the epic backdrop of the Dakar Rally. Directed by award winning documentary maker Tim Pritchard and produced by Gaucho Productions, the series will debut on Eurosport this Christmas. Alistair Weaver, Executive Producer, Gaucho Productions said, 'It’s been a real privilege to follow the Race2Recovery team on their journey to the Dakar. This is a story that works on so many levels: it’s an incredible tale of human will in the face of adversity with some awesome machines and a beautiful backdrop. It’s a story that needed telling and we’re proud to have played our part in bringing it to life.'
Tim Ufton, Senior Producer, British Eurosport said, 'We’ve been thrilled to work with Gaucho Productions on the Race2Recovery project. From the first meeting it was clear that this was an exciting, emotional story that would be perfect for our audience. There’s lots of competition for a primetime slot on Christmas week, but Race2Recovery was an obvious choice.'
The five-part series will debut on British Eurosport on Christmas Eve at 8pm and run every night at the same time. It will also be broadcast on Eurosport in the Asia-Pacific region, reaching over 6M homes in 17 countries. A second Race2Recovery series will follow the team’s exploits in the 2013 Dakar Rally. The Race2Recovery team will start the 2013 Dakar on the 5th January and aim to cross the finish line 20 days later having covered more than 6000 miles. It starts in Lima, Peru on January 5 and finishes, via Argentina, in Santiago, Chile on January 20. click here for Dakar
Live updates from the team during their endeavour can be found at: www.race2recovery.com click here for race2recovery on Facebook via searching for 'Race2Recovery' and www.facebook.com/landrover or on Twitter: @race2recovery, @landrover and @landroverukpr. A five-part documentary series entitled 'The Road to Dakar' following the Race2Recovery team’s attempt to enter the Dakar Rally, directed by award winning documentary maker Tim Pritchard will air on British Eurosport at Christmas. People wishing to find out more about Race2Recovery, make a donation to the fundraising campaign, or become a sponsor of the team should visit www.race2recovery.com click here for race2recovery
A teaser for the series can be viewed on You Tube