A FATHER and son rally team have blamed organisers for their exit from one of the world's most famous races.
Paul Round, 47, and son Mark, 27, ran out of petrol in the desert in Mauritania, Africa, as they geared up for the closing days of the Paris-Dakar Rally.
Now Paul, from Lower Cumberworth, has hit out at organisers, saying they got refuelling stops wrong, so calculations were incorrect.
But the pair still think the rally, which finished last Sunday, was a success after the team they founded, Rally Raid UK, had the highest-placed English car and bike.
"It was disappointing to run out of fuel, because the race was going well and the car was performing excellently," said Paul, who has taken part in the gruelling rally six times.
"The organisers have specific stops for the bikes to refuel and people in cars use these to calculate how much they will need.
"But they got it wrong and left us stranded in the dessert for 36 hours. Luckily, we managed to buy some fuel at about £6 a litre from locals and get to the next checkpoint," he said.
"But that disappointment aside it was a great race for Rally Raid UK. We proved to be the premier team from England."
The team's preparations for next year's event have already begun.
"We have got sponsorship from Honda Europe next year and we are looking to get a female racer," said Paul.
"There has been massive interest in the team. One team from Belgium want us to build their cars and manage their team next year."
Mick Extance, from Derbyshire was the first Englishman past the post, on a Rally Raid UK motorbike. Paul Green, from Bourne- mouth, was the highest- placed Englishman in a car.