Mirror's deputy editor competes in Arctic rally

Daily Mirror deputy editor Des Kelly, above left, is spending a week this month competing in the Arctic Rally as co-driver to ITV’s Grand Prix pundit Tony Jardine.

The pair attempted the European championship event three years ago but crashed and failed to finish. This year, with Sky making an hour-long documentary on the British challenge to the Arctic Rally, to which Kelly is contributing while also covering the race for the Mirror, he is determined to stay the course.

"We have to go there for a week with all the preparations," said Kelly. "It averages -37 to -42F and they teach us to survive in Arctic conditions should the car crash and they can’t rescue you.

"You have to carry a knife in your sock to kill reindeer and they give you survival suits. My hand stuck to the car when we crashed onto a snow bank the last time. I went to push it out and it was so cold my hand stuck – it was like putting it into a freezer."

The pair will drive an MG Rover rally car and fly out on 19 January.


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