Bovington Army Camp recently played host to the British Cross Country Championship (BCCC), an off road 4x4 racing event. Competing at Bovington, thanks to support from Westover Land Rover, were the Race to Recovery (R2R) team – the only British motorsport team made up of combat injured ex-servicemen and women, as well as civilian amputees.
R2R is an organisation which gives injured people and amputees the opportunity to take part in motor racing, competing against able bodied teams. It aims to inspire and educate the global community about overcoming adversity, as well as encourage donations to military charities such as Help for Heroes.
At the wheel of the R2R race machine – a 2.5 litre V6 Land Rover Freelander - was Grant White, with Yanto Evans as co-driver. Grant is an ex Royal Marine, while Yanto served in the Parachute Regiment, and both are right leg below-knee amputees.
“Last year’s Bovington BCCC race was the first one that Yanto and I had competed in together but we’ve now got several under our belt,” says Grant White, R2R’s managing director. “We were the first amputee pairing to finish an off-road rally and we’ve subsequently broken other records too. We came third at Bovington this year but we were only a few seconds off second place so we are hopeful that our team will do even better in the future.
“I’m stepping down as driver to focus on a team management role, so we’re on the hunt for new drivers. We are always looking for people to join our support team too, so anyone that’s interested should get in touch. We are hoping to race two cars next season so that more injured people will have an opportunity to get involved in motor sport - and in competing against able bodied drivers. We’re revving up to start the recruitment process!
“The team wouldn’t be able to compete in events like this if it wasn’t for our sponsors so we are very grateful to companies like Westover Land Rover who get behind us and offer both practical and financial assistance. Westover, who were sponsoring us for the second year running, also brought an additional Land Rover and two Jaguars down to the track on the day, which were a great centrepiece and made us all think it was time to update our own vehicles!”
The R2R team drive two Land Rover Freelanders, as well as three Bowler Wildcats (which use components from the Land Rover Defender). To find out more about R2R, go to race2recovery.com.