Invictus Games

UK Team Wins First Medals Of The Invictus Games

The UK Invictus team has won their first medals in The Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge...

Team UK have picked up their first medals of the 2017 Invictus Games at the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge.

Prince Harry awarded the team their silver medals at the packed event.

Army Sergeant Gareth Paterson and former RAF Sergeant Olaf Jones came second to the Netherlands at the motorsport event, which has become the traditional curtain raiser to the Games.

It’s the first time Team UK have medalled in this event but it was a tight final, with Denmark coming in third.

Prince Harry was also taken for a drive by German competitor Dennis Siesing and was then on hand for the medal ceremony, on a busy day of meetings for the royal ahead of Saturday’s opening ceremony.

Siesing told Forces News:

"It was absolutely crazy. Harry just wanted to go faster and faster."

Held in the Distillery District of downtown Toronto, the JLR Driving Challenge features one team from each nation with both competitors given the opportunity to drive and navigate.

Their skills are tested on two separate courses - a Jaguar course that allows competitors to showcase both their speed and precision, while the Land Rover course features a number of different obstacles.

Points are awarded for the ability to complete the courses quickly, but more importantly, cleanly, as fouls deduct points from the team’s total score. 

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