Dis­abled sol­diers con­quer tough­est car rally

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

THE Race2Re­cov­ery team of in­jured sol­diers and civil­ian vol­un­teers com­pet­ing in the 2014 Dakar rally has made his­tory for the sec­ond year run­ning by once again fin­ish­ing the “world’s tough­est race”.

Spon­sored by Land Rover, they be­came the first ever dis­abled team to fin­ish the Dakar in 2013 and, by suc­cess­fully cross­ing the line in the 2014 event, they have writ­ten them­selves into the record books once again.

The truck’s on-board team in­cluded Corporal Daniel Whit­ting­ham, from Not­ting­ham, a be­low-theknee am­putee af­ter in­juries sus­tained in Afghanistan. He, along with truck driver Mark Cul­lum, from Here­ford, and co-driver Chris Rat­ter, from Knutsford, bat­tled across some of the world’s tough­est ter­rain, in­clud­ing the Ata­cama Desert and An­des moun­tain range, be­fore ar­riv­ing at the fi­nal check­point af­ter more than 9,100km of rac­ing. A to­tal of 204 ve­hi­cles com­pleted the race in which just over 50 per cent of rac­ers were forced to with­draw.

AV­ER­AGE used car val­ues at BCA (Bri­tish Car Auc­tions) rose sharply last year. Ex­perts put this down to the com­bi­na­tion of buyer de­mand and an on­go­ing short­age of re­tail qual­ity stock.

Across the board, the av­er­age value of a used car sold at BCA in 2013 was £7,056, a rise of £857 com­pared to 2012 (up 13.8per cent). It is the high­est an­nual fig­ure on record. Av­er­age age and mileage de­clined to 61 months and 56,400 miles re­spec­tively.

The peak month for value was De­cem­ber where the com­bi­na­tion of a short trad­ing month and re­duced sup­ply re­sulted in record val­ues. April posted the low­est monthly value.

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