Executive ready to take on Dakar Rally

31st Oct 2012

The operations director of a Burnley food service firm is set to take part in the famous Dakar Rally.

Justin Birchall, of Birchall Foodservice, is heading to South America in January to compete with the Race2Recovery Team at the world-famous off-road event.

The 40-year-old father-of-three is taking part in training to make sure he is in good shape for the 15-day, 9,000-kilometre challenge in Peru, Argentina and Chile, watched by around one billion TV viewers.

Mr Birchall said: "Taking part in the Dakar Rally is a lifetime's dream for me. It is the world's biggest off-road endurance rally and is the pinnacle of anyone's driving career. Having said that, it's extremely daunting and I do wonder what I have let myself in for."

The driver has around seven years' experience in off-road driving, and has taken part in the Tuareg Rally from Almeria, Spain, to Mersouga in Morocco and back.

Race2Recovery comprises wounded servicemen, including Mr Birchall's navigator, Tom Neathway. The triple amputee was a member of the Paras and has taken part in tours of Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland.

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