|Phil Bayliss, Nasser Al Attiyah and Chris Bayliss|
Phil said: “We watched the event on TV for years and it was our dream to race in it ourselves, but to help a team out there was brilliant.”
|One of the vehicles that Phil and Chris serviced during the rally|
The 15-day route, which took place in January of this year started in Lima, Peru, through Argentina to Santiago, Chile. It covered 9,000km over extreme mountain and desert terrain and the support teams needed to drive ahead to meet the competitors at the end of each stage, working through the night. Not only were they coping with lack of sleep, they also suffered the effects of altitude sickness as they drove up to heights of 4,800m over the Andes.
The Bowler Wildcats took a lot of punishment and one vehicle was written off when it hit a ditch at 60mph putting the occupants in hospital.
The team's efforts aim to support Tedworth House Personnel Recovery Centre. For more information or to make a donation, please visit: www.race2recovery.com