AN adventurous Oxford Brookes student is set to take on one of the world's most daring rallies in a 20-year-old Nissan.

Army reservist Daniel Satch will negotiate mountains, deserts and two continents in his attempt at the 10,000 mile Mongol Rally, from July 15.

The Watlington 23-year-old will set off from Oxford before joining New Zealand-born friend Adriaan Durandt for the race on July 21, which takes in parts of Asia and Europe, from the Czech Republic to Siberia, on extremely rugged roads.

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'Team Grandad' plan to drive a bright green, 1999, 1 litre Nissan Micra, which grandfather John Satch – who served in the RAF – drove until he was 98.

There is no support team and the car must come home – unless written off.

Organisers of the Rally, which started in 2004, write in their guide: "If it's not dangerous and you aren't lost, you're not on an adventure.

"Any ‘Help! We’re broken down in Tajikistan’ type phone calls to Rally HQ will be met with a snort of derision and a click of the receiver."

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Mr Satch. who hopes to return in time for a sports science lecture when term restarts in September, is fundraising for armed forces charity SSAFA, while participants must also support environmental charity Cool Earth.

He explained: “Raising the money is the most important part.

"My grandad was always a keen car enthusiast, adventurer and always up for a challenge... It would mean the world to myself, Adriaan and our families to complete this challenge and raise funds and awareness for such great charities.

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"I'm sure Grandad is watching down on us with a smile, backing us all the way.”

The pair need to raise a combined total of around £14,000 to meet their pledges and cover logistical costs.

They plan to head for St Petersburg then on through Russia and into Mongolia before coming back into Russia to reach Ulan-Ude, in Siberia.

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