Justin Birchall, operations director of Birchall Foodservice – the independent, family-owned business with depots in Burnley, North Wales, Durham, Sheffield and Stafford, headed to South America this week for the world’s toughest motor race.
Justin Birchall has joined the Race2Recovery team of injured servicemen who are taking part in the world famous Dakar Rally.
The adventurous father-of-three and his co-driver, triple amputee Tom Neathway (pictured) were one of four pairings who competed in the 2013 rally. This time, Justin is a member of the race management team, helping the team’s two entries to complete the grueling challenge, which starts on January 5 in Argentina and travels through Bolivia and Chile before finishing on January 18.
Race2Recovery is the only disabled rally team in the world and made history in January 2013 by being the first disabled team to take part and finish the Dakar. The 2013 campaign received global acclaim including a special congratulatory message from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The injured servicemen will be driving Land Rover Defender-based Wildcat rally-raid vehicles, both of which were entered in last year’s race. The team will also run a T4 support truck which will follow the route providing support for both vehicles.
Once again, Race2Recovery will be raising funds and awareness for Tedworth House Personnel Recovery Centre and Help for Heroes.
Justin said: “I can’t wait to get back to South America again to help the team take on this ultimate challenge. We learnt a lot last year and, this time around, we have set our sights set even higher. Not only do we hope to finish the race again – we also aim to provide some real competition to the teams without disabilities.”