The Race2Recovery team, comprised primarily of injured service personnel, will return to Rallyday, the UK's premier rally car show, at Castle Combe Circuit this year on Saturday August 18, it has been confirmed
Race2Recovery, which officially launched its campaign earlier this month to become the first predominantly disabled team to contest the gruelling Dakar Rally in 2013, plans to demonstrate its Qt Wildcats at the event in the action-packed Cooper Tires 4x4 Rally Raid zone.
The team will be offering white-knuckle rides in Qt Wildcats with all proceeds going to Help for Heroes - Personnel Recovery and Assessment Centre at Tedworth House.
Race2Recovery driver Captain Tony Harris of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers commented: “We are hugely proud to announce that we will be running the amazing Qt Wildcats at Rallyday for the second year running and again members of the public have been invited to join the team by racing along inside the car on the Castle Combe Circuit 4x4 track with the drivers of Race2Recovery.”
Warrant Officer Andrew 'Pav' Taylor - Race2Recovery Team Manager added: “Since members of the team appeared in BBC's Top Gear
in 2011 we have competed in the UK and internationally as well as raising money for the Help for Heroes Tedworth House Project to help our colleagues and their families recovering from life changing injuries. With HRH the Duke of Kent KG, ex-Stig Ben Collins and numerous key sponsors backing us, we are well on course to reach our goal of completing the infamous Dakar Rally in January 2013.”
The attendance of the Race2Recovery team is a further boost for the dedicated 4x4 Rally Raid Zone, which was formally added to the successful Rallyday mix for the first time last year, and follows on from confirmation at the start of February that Cooper Tires will be the headline sponsor of the 4x4 area after the signing of a three-year sponsorship agreement.
Sarah McRoberts, Marketing Communications Manager for Cooper Tire, commented: “We're really looking forward to our partnership with Rallyday. It's a great and increasingly popular event among our clients and it provides us with the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities of our Cooper 4x4 range and also meet many of the enthusiasts that rely on our products.”
Rallyday organisers, Brian Stubbings and Darin Frow meanwhile are both delighted with how the dedicated 4x4 Rally Raid Zone continues to evolve and they are as committed as ever to making Rallyday a success.
Stubbings stated: “This three-year sponsorship deal between Cooper Tires and Rallyday has excellent potential for both companies. The live action demonstration possibilities at the show featuring the incredible Qt Wildcats, among other high-spec, off-road machinery, gives spectators, attending clubs and competitors the chance to see Cooper's products in action on a live rally stage. The additional backing for the event enables us to further evolve our 4x4 Rally Raid Zone and get Rallyday firmly established in the 4x4 calendar. It's great to have the Race2Recovery team return to the show this year. These guys are an inspiration to many, many people and we are committed to help them succeed in their ambitious mission to conquer Dakar 2013.”