HUDDERSFIELD adventurer Paul Round is again competing in the world’s toughest rally.
Round is in South America – taking part in the Dakar Rally.
It got under way at the weekend with hundreds of cars, trucks and motorbikes taking on some inhospitable terrain ranging from deserts to mountain stages.
It’s the 11th time Round has put his body on the line.
This time, he is a co-driver for French rally ace David Bensadoun.
The pair are at the wheel of a massive Desert Warrior 3 – set up by Round at his workshop in Huddersfield.
Round, 55, of Lower Cumberworth, is no stranger to the Dakar, having competed several times in the past.
His best year was in 2004 when he finished in 28th place. He has completed the rally six times.
He and his son Mark have also become one of the leading suppliers of vehicles to teams taking part in the rally, through their company Rally Raid International.
He said: “The Dakar remains a passion. Every year I can't wait to go back.
“It’s the love of desert racing in extreme and remote places”.
His driver Bensadoun said: “This time, I’ll be driving a high-performance machine. Now I really have to be careful.
“Our goal will be to make it in the Top 30. With less mistakes and driving just 5% faster, I believe it’s possible.
“I’ve prepared physically during the summer, competing in the bike enduro championship. I’ve even lost 5 kilos but I still believe I’m the biggest competitor of the Dakar”.
The race will take in 9,000 km – 5,590 miles – through three countries – Peru, Argentina and Chile.
A team of injured British and US soldiers has joined what is the world’s most gruelling rally.
They hope to become the first ever disability team to complete it.
The Race2Recovery team, which has been raising funds for Forces charities since 2011, will compete in the Dakar Rally starting in Lima, Peru, and ending in Santiago, Chile, on Sunday January 20.
The team’s four Wildcat race vehicles will race over 9,000km of extreme mountain and desert terrain that will take them through southern Peru, across the border into Argentina and then to Chile over 15 days.