The Armed Forces Rally Team took a fleet of five Land Rover Defenders to compete for the first time in the Ypres Rally and enjoyed both a rapturous reception and good results.

This year's rally was a very special event for the Belgian town, marking the centenary of its destruction in the First World War. The British contingent said they were treated like Royalty. 

 

Armed Forces Rally Team entered five Defenders
Armed Forces Rally Team entered five Defenders

The 265 kilometre event with 20 special stages takes place over two days and a night, and saw thirty other competitors drop out with crashes and breakdowns. One of the Army teams had to rely on traditional services' improvisation when a throttle cable broke. They borrowed some chicken wire and used it to operate the throttle by hand. 

"It was the scariest event we have ever done"

Intense action over two days and a night
Intense action over two days and a night

After the action the teams relaxed with a tour of the battlefields and a visit to the cemetery where thousands of British and Commonwealth soldiers who lost their lives around Ypres were laid to rest. 

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