War hero Ben’s Dakar Rally plans

QT Wildcat off-road race car
QT Wildcat off-road race car
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INJURED Doncaster war hero Ben Parkinson is hoping to make history as part of the first disabled team to compete in the gruelling Dakar Rally.

The 26 year old former paratrooper from Bessacarr will also be the first all-British entry in the dangerous off-road race when he takes part in 2013.

Ben, who lost both legs and suffered brain damage when he was the victim of a Taliban bomb in Afghanistan, would be part of a team which would include two other amputees.

He would form part of the engineering support team.

The Dakar Rally attempt has been put together by charity Project Mobility 4x4, which was set up a year ago to help give injured troops back their independence through off-road vehicles.

The team will drive two specially-adapted QT Wildcat off-road race cars. They now have two years to prepare the vehicles and get the necessary rallying experience to qualify for the Motor Sport Association licences they need to take part in the 2013 Dakar Rally.

The charity needs to raise about £500,000 to compete in the race. Log onto www.projectmobility4x4.org to make a donation through the charity’s website.