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Australasian Safari: Cyril Despres retired – Last fights for the Safari win 2011

Posteado 30 septiembre 2011 | Por | Categorías: Australasian Safari | No hay Comentarios

The “Australasian Safari” lived up to its reputation as the Asia Pacificís toughest motorsport event today for its 50 remaining competitors. Maybe too tough for the French Dakar-winner Cyril Despres. After he had problems with the english language in one day, the tough stages itself in another day, then a uncorrect roadbook a third day – he retired from the race, after he was injuring his foot on Thursday – officially. So he and his managers interest was only to catch the next plane to Paris – not easy, if you are in the Australian Outback…

“It¥s interesting, we have here so many drivers who fight for the win, they are driving with injured shoulders, hands, feet etc. only the officially toughest guy retires after he hurts a little” journalists laughed. “It¥s not a good day for Despres, it¥s not a good day for KTM.” Since the first days there were bets “what will Despres do, if he will be beaten by younger drivers in Australia?” Now we have the answer. That¥s also motorsport. Some doing it for the sport, some only for money – and they are even not tough enough to loose, even if he had the chance to catch the podium – he was 4th…

But now to the real tough sportsmen. Motobiker Shane Diener continued his strong form winning both stages today but is sixth overall following a mechanical failure yesterday. Sticking with his game plan is moto leader Todd Smith who has continued to hold a strong lead since the end of Leg 1, now 13 minutes ahead.

Both Todd Smith and brother Jacob are riding steadily and both said they were avoiding risks. Todd said today was hard. “It was a tough day. The track was tight and overgrown, it was rocky and on some parts there was no track to follow. Itís better for me to go fast, because if I go slow my concentration lapses. All I have to do tomorrow is look after the bike and see it home,” he said.

Jacob is ahead by almost 40 minutes to nearest rival Rod Faggotter, who has held on despite riding with a broken hand. “Navigation was tough today. Itís hard to stay focused this close to the end. I decided to go easy on the first stage today. Thereís no point pushing, I have a big lead over Rod so Iím not going to take risks.”

Ben Williams, a privateer rider – meaning he services the bike himself without the help of mechanics – is performing exceptionally well in his first Safari, placing fifth fastest.

“Today was the sort of track Iím used to. Iíve not had any dramas being a mechanic and a rider, no problems at all. Each night my girlfriend and I work on the bike until about 10pm. Tuesday night we were up until 11pm but we rebuilt the whole bike. That was pretty tough to do with one hand – I broke my left pinky when a stick got behind the hand guard – I didnít come off, I kept riding. It really hurt!”

Swedenís Annie Seel who is Safariís only female moto competitor is the leading international entrant. She said it had been a long week. “This morning and yesterday also I was in cruise mode, which isnít too good. I let a couple of guys pass me and then I switched on and started to push. Today we had very good stages. I broke my thumb two years ago and itís sore again now, and of course Iím tired! I was thinking about it, and it really is a tough seven days,” she said.

Craig Lowndes and John Panozzo won both stages in the autos but are placed down the field after yesterdayís tumble, which resulted in a ten-hour penalty. “We went really well today, the navigation was challenging and the carís going well after last nightís repairs,” Lowndes said.

Steve Riley and John Doble are now the likely contenders for the trophy, leading the autos by just shy of two hours. “It was a bloody hard day today, rough from the word go and I was over it,” Riley said. “I just tried to conserve everything, it didnít matter how slow we went, we still got big hits. The roof air vent got ripped off so it got really hot in the car – not comfortable. The race is mine to lose, we just want to get the car and ourselves home in one piece.”

John Pursehouse and David McShane have moved into second position after a strong day in their Mitsubishi Triton. Terry Conner and Jodi Conner have lost their second position placing due to mechanical failure in the first stage today. “We hit a stump and bent the diff. We managed to get it back in but Iím not sure whether weíll get it fixed for tomorrow,” Terry Conner said. “Iíve got away with it thousands of times but this time it got us.”

This moves WA pair Adrian Dilallo and Rob Masi in their Mitsubishi Evo Pajero to third at the end of today.

In the Quads, Colin Lawson won both stages, an impressive 15 minutes ahead of leader John Maragozidis who has an overall four-hour lead. Maragozidis said the track today was brutal. “It was a game of survival and pick your way through. I had three flat tyres to deal with in the first and my exhaust broke off in the second,” he said. “The track opened up after the midday service, and I really enjoyed it.”

Todayís course west of Leonora took competitors in and around old mine sites and salt lakes and areas damaged by water erosion for 377 competitive kilometres. Some of the tracks had not been used for several years along with rough, rocky and overgrown sections and finishing in deep sand and a final fast section.

Tomorrow is the final leg of Australasian Safari, taking off from Leonora to Kalgoorlie and finishing with the final section at the new Kalgoorlie Golf Course and the finish line. There is a spectator point at the golf course and the public are invited to come along and watch the action and the official podium finish. For details visit www.australasiansafari.com.au.

Fuente: Marathonrally.com | MR/HS

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Australasian Safari: Cars-Leader Lowndes crashed, Lucchese rolled with his bike.

Posteado 29 septiembre 2011 | Por | Categorías: Australasian Safari | No hay Comentarios

The fourth stage on Tuesday was the longest distance travelled for Australasian Safari competitors as they raced in three stages totalling 662 competitive kilometers overall and 459 kms in a looped course around Laverton in Western Australiaís northern goldfields on the edge of the Great Northern Desert.

The day began near to the City Laverton, one of the most eastern cities in Western Australia. The first stage was rocky, tricky and full of curves, passing a old goldmine. Later the stage goes on to the Victoria Desert, no trees and bushes anymore, but lots of sand and some small, easy to handle sanddunes. “It was nice” reported Italian¥s Husaberg Factory driver Manuel Lucchese, “different landscape, some sand, a little piece of Africa.”

Also Annie Seel from Sweden, yesterday unhappy with the stage, arrived with a big smile in her beautiful Scandinavian face. “A day like it should be here, I¥m happy about this day, it was again fast, but not only on fence-lines. You have to navigate, then some rocky regions, then the sand. I enjoyed it.”

In the cars, it was a strong day for Lowndes and Panozzo in the Holden Colorado, winning each of the three stages again and increasing their lead time over Riley and Doble to 19 minutes overall. “I had a good day. The first stage was challenging navigationally and a bit rough, but not as rough as Leg 1. The second stage was good, nice sandy tracks that opened up and were fast. There were some rutted out areas from all the recent rains, which created some obstacles” he said.

Steve Riley was following the Factory-car with his private Mitsubishi Pajero only with some minutes, they are still going strong in second position. “We had a good day. It rained on the last stage – bucketed down actually. I donít think we made up any time on Craig (Lowndes) today but we are going as quick as we can. We are really enjoying the Safari and loving the scenery. We saw a wallaby, a pack of wild horses, and heaps of Sturt Desert Peas today.”

The Team AAAC Racing team of Adrian Dilallo and Rob Masi, best car in the production class with a Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution, had a good day placing third fastest in the first and last stage and retaining fifth overall position. “We went really well today, it was great, my favourite day. The stages were fast and flowing desert tracks, which I loved. We could throw the car around a bit and push hard – it was great fun.”

The only foreigners team, Rachan Trairat from Thailand and Harry Suzuki from Japan, climbed the 8th position overall with their production Isuzu D-Max car. “Today we had a good ride” Harry Suzuki told, “Rachan learned more and more about the navigation. We didn¥t follow a creek anymore, we only followed the stage” he laughed. The communication in the car is a little bit complicated: “So you speak English in the car?” .. “No.”… “So what language?” … “Mostly Thai”… “So you can speak Thai language?”…”No”… now you have an idea, how the communication works…

In the bikes, todayís was South Australian Shane Dienerís day, winning all three stages on his Yamaha WR450. Jacob Smith and Todd Smith swapped second place in the stages, with Jacob second fastest in two of the three. Todd Smith is still in the overall moto lead by approximately 10 minutes.

“Today was pretty fast and the navigation wasnít too tricky. We caught a bit of rain, there were pools of water on the track but this didnít cause any problems. The bike is going well which helps” Diener said.

The Smith brothers from country New South Wales both enjoyed the sandy tracks and fast pace and are enjoying both being on the same team this year. “Today was fun, I enjoyed it,” Todd said. “I like going fast. The only downside is itís hard to increase lead-time when the navigation is easier. Iím happy to have a bit of a gap now that weíre over half way so I can ease off a bit.”

Jacob also had a good day. “It was a bit tricky at the start, but after that the navigation was straight forward. “Itís heaps better this year being in the same team as my brother Todd as we can help each other out. Todd is in the hot seat and the race is really his to lose now,” he said.

Rod Faggotter is managing to hold onto fourth fastest position despite having a broken hand sustained in Leg 2. Dakar champion and first-time Safari entrant Cyril Despres is holding onto fifth position overall and is still getting on top of a different style of racing.

“This is not the race I was expecting and I am taking it like a training day – not pushing to ride as fast as possible. I enjoyed the sandy tracks and was able to test the bike a bit,” Despres said.

In the Quads, John Maragozidis owned the Quad leg today on his MMR Interceptor winning all three stages after race leader Colin Lawson struck mechanical issues on the second stage today and was not able to complete the Leg, a devastating blow after gaining a strong lead on the first three Legs of Safari.

“Today was Godís gift to quads! We had fantastic conditions and awesome tracks. I made a small navigational error that only cost a couple of minutes. I need to keep having days like today,” he said.

Tomorrow the Australasian Safari travels south to Leonora, the second last stop on the seven-day endurance race.

Fuente: Marathonrally.com | MR/SY

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Australasian Safari: “A day like it should be” – great 4th stage on Tuesday.

Posteado 28 septiembre 2011 | Por | Categorías: Australasian Safari | No hay Comentarios

The fourth stage on Tuesday was the longest distance travelled for
Australasian Safari competitors as they raced in three stages totalling
662 competitive kilometers overall and 459 kms in a looped course around
Laverton in Western Australia’s northern goldfields on the edge of the
Great Northern Desert.

The day began near to the City Laverton, one of the most eastern cities in
Western Australia. The first stage was rocky, tricky and full of curves,
passing a old goldmine. Later the stage goes on to the Victoria Desert, no
trees and bushes anymore, but lots of sand and some small, easy to handle
sanddunes. “It was nice” reported Italian´s Husaberg Factory driver Manuel
Lucchese, “different landscape, some sand, a little piece of Africa.”

Also Annie Seel from Sweden, yesterday unhappy with the stage, arrived
with a big smile in her beautiful Scandinavian face. “A day like it should
be here, I´m happy about this day, it was again fast, but not only on
fence-lines. You have to navigate, then some rocky regions, then the sand.
I enjoyed it.”

In the cars, it was a strong day for Lowndes and Panozzo in the Holden
Colorado, winning each of the three stages again and increasing their lead
time over Riley and Doble to 19 minutes overall. “I had a good day. The
first stage was challenging navigationally and a bit rough, but not as
rough as Leg 1. The second stage was good, nice sandy tracks that opened
up and were fast. There were some rutted out areas from all the recent
rains, which created some obstacles” he said.

Steve Riley was following the Factory-car with his private Mitsubishi
Pajero only with some minutes, they are still going strong in second
position. “We had a good day. It rained on the last stage – bucketed down
actually. I don’t think we made up any time on Craig (Lowndes) today but
we are going as quick as we can. We are really enjoying the Safari and
loving the scenery. We saw a wallaby, a pack of wild horses, and heaps of
Sturt Desert Peas today.”

The Team AAAC Racing team of Adrian Dilallo and Rob Masi, best car in the
production class with a Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution, had a good day
placing third fastest in the first and last stage and retaining fifth
overall position. “We went really well today, it was great, my favourite
day. The stages were fast and flowing desert tracks, which I loved. We
could throw the car around a bit and push hard – it was great fun.”

The only foreigners team, Rachan Trairat from Thailand and Harry Suzuki
from Japan, climbed the 8th position overall with their production Isuzu
D-Max car. “Today we had a good ride” Harry Suzuki told, “Rachan learned
more and more about the navigation. We didn´t follow a creek anymore, we
only followed the stage” he laughed. The communication in the car is a
little bit complicated: “So you speak English in the car?” .. “No.”… “So
what language?” … “Mostly Thai”… “So you can speak Thai
language?”…”No”… now you have an idea, how the communication works…

In the bikes, today’s was South Australian Shane Diener’s day, winning all
three stages on his Yamaha WR450. Jacob Smith and Todd Smith swapped
second place in the stages, with Jacob second fastest in two of the three.
Todd Smith is still in the overall moto lead by approximately 10 minutes.

“Today was pretty fast and the navigation wasn’t too tricky. We caught a
bit of rain, there were pools of water on the track but this didn’t cause
any problems. The bike is going well which helps” Diener said.

The Smith brothers from country New South Wales both enjoyed the sandy
tracks and fast pace and are enjoying both being on the same team this
year. “Today was fun, I enjoyed it,” Todd said. “I like going fast. The
only downside is it’s hard to increase lead-time when the navigation is
easier. I’m happy to have a bit of a gap now that we’re over half way so I
can ease off a bit.”

Jacob also had a good day. “It was a bit tricky at the start, but after
that the navigation was straight forward. “It’s heaps better this year
being in the same team as my brother Todd as we can help each other out.
Todd is in the hot seat and the race is really his to lose now,” he said.

Rod Faggotter is managing to hold onto fourth fastest position despite
having a broken hand sustained in Leg 2. Dakar champion and first-time
Safari entrant Cyril Despres is holding onto fifth position overall and is
still getting on top of a different style of racing.

“This is not the race I was expecting and I am taking it like a training
day – not pushing to ride as fast as possible. I enjoyed the sandy tracks
and was able to test the bike a bit,” Despres said.

In the Quads, John Maragozidis owned the Quad leg today on his MMR
Interceptor winning all three stages after race leader Colin Lawson struck
mechanical issues on the second stage today and was not able to complete
the Leg, a devastating blow after gaining a strong lead on the first three
Legs of Safari.

“Today was God’s gift to quads! We had fantastic conditions and awesome
tracks. I made a small navigational error that only cost a couple of
minutes. I need to keep having days like today,” he said.

Tomorrow the Australasian Safari travels south to Leonora, the second last
stop on the seven-day endurance race.

Fuente: MArathonrally.com | MR/SY

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Australasian Safari: Again stagewin for Lowndes and Smith – only 11 cars left

Posteado 26 septiembre 2011 | Por | Categorías: Australasian Safari | No hay Comentarios

Stage 2 of the Australasian Safari Rally brought the competitors from
Mount Magnet to Sandstone – normally only 150 kilometers on the road, but
for the participants the day was again tough – they had to drive 326
kilometers in racing. The terrain was easier to drive, fast sandpists, but
in some parts tricky navigation. So it was the day of the navigators…

In the cars, only four cars ran really against eachother, after them the
time was running and running – so much, that even our press crew were not
able to catch more the four cars all the day. Interesting: All cars were
fitted with V8-engines from American Motor companies, even if they are
running with Japanese Mitsubishi or Nissan cars.

But: From the only 16 cars five didn´t made it after the second day. Tony
and Greg Flood in their ’91 Pajero, out due to mechanical issues faced in
the Prologue. Tony Quinn and Toni Feaver whose “Safari hoodoo” continues,
they blew engine during Leg 1. Darren Green and Wayne Smith withdrew from
the race after rolling their Nissan Patrol and blowing the engine – and
the Weels-Holden crashed two times in two stages.

Let´s say it so: There are two competitions. The “crazy guys” with
V8-fitted engines and big mechanical support – and the “normal guys” with
normal rallycars or even lower support. The crazy fraction has to make
“full throttle” to be in the top – as a Normal the target means: “Keep on
going, watch the navigation… and count with the mistakes of the Crazy.”

One of the “real crazys” were the father-son duo Weel, which rolled their
Holden Colorado in the first day and crashed again in the second day – so
heavily, that they can´t start again on Sunday. So now the team
concentrates for Craig Lowndes, the second Holden was too much damaged,
the penalties too high to start again.

So let´s have a view to the “crazy” but “can finish” competitors.
Superstar Craig Lowndes again showed, why he is a superstar here in
Australia. He pushed his Holden Colorado on top Speed, no big mistakes,
great navigator, again the stagewin and he strenghten his overall lead.
But today Geoff Oholm in his V8-Mitsubishi Pajero pushed, took many
minutes to his teammates Riley / Doble and made the third today behind
them. In the overall he climbed from sixth to fourth position.

“The stages were fast and flowing and a bit rough in a few patches and we
had a close call with three kangaroos” Geoff Oholm told. “We hit 200 km/h
on the fast straight track, it was very enjoyable.”

The father-daughter pairing in their V8 Nissan Patrol Pickup pushed again,
stayed inside the “four Crazys” and finished in the third position
overall. So, even if Laundes has a repectable lead, he can´t slower down,
because his concorrents are still behind him…

Steve Riley (2nd, Mitsubishi Pajero) said, although the day was hard on
the car and their bodies, it was a good day because they had no mechanical
problems. “There were lots of fast bits, and some pretty rough and broken
country. We caught up to Craig – he was lost, and we were lost, and a few
other cars joined us, driving around in circles playing follow the leader.
The scenery was nice with some big rocky gorges and acres of wildflowers.
We went through some really overgrown areas and the windows got covered in
sap and John (Doble) was busy scrubbing it off” he said.

Behind the leaders, only the Mitsubishi L200/Triton crew of Purshouse /
McShane could follow the “crazys” nearly in time, but made a good race and
finished 5th overall. The only international crew, Trairat / Suzuki in
their Isuzu D-Max from Thailand, had a stable race, but some navigation
mistakes. “My driver wanted to follow a wadi instead of the street”
laughed navigator Harry Suzuki, “but the car made all, rocks, stones,
pists. We only cannot reach the speed of the top crews, so we try to make
this race with the stability of the car.”

Terry ‘Tangles’ and Jodi Conner had a rough ride yesterday having only
two-wheel drive for half of the leg and Tangles said he was feeling pretty
sore today. Rob Herridge and Tim Batten’s Subaru Forester suffered from
some rear suspension problems but they are still in the race.

In the motos, the lead has been held by brothers Todd and Jake Smith on
Honda, closely followed by Ben Grabham and Matt Fish, both on KTM. Dakar
winner Frenchman Cyril Despres, also on KTM, said he had a better day and
moved up one position to fifth.

“It was fun today. I was a bit faster, although I was expecting it to be
like yesterday. There was some sliding – it was quite fun. Some parts were
really fast. I’m still having difficultly with the course notes, it is
very different to what I am used to and I’m not sure I can learn it in a
week. I saw some big animals today including 1.5 metre lizard!”

Todd and Jacob Smith have stayed neck and neck but are helping each other
along the way. “Jacob caught me and we raced each other most of the way,
and we also worked together to open and close gates. The stages were
flowing nicely – it was fun,” Todd Smith said.

Matthew Fish also encountered some wildlife on the course. “I had a good
day today – no dramas. Stage 3 was really fun and Stage 4 was a bit
rockier. I managed to get some good speed and didn’t make any navigation
errors.  I had a couple of close calls with a kangaroo and an emu and saw
heaps of lizards out there.”

For Damian Grabham, it was a relief to get to the end of today’s Leg.
“Today was mentally challenging – this is the place where I broke my leg
two years ago. I just cruised and took it easy. It was good,” he said.

Colin Lawson remains fastest Quad despite having a tough day, wrecking a
rear wheel rim and having to stop to change his drive belt. Adrian Hermsen
said he had his best day for a long time on the Can-Am Renegade. He sits
second fastest in the Quads. “I had an awesome day. The tracks were fast
and flowing with lots of nice corners where I could slide the back out.
Today was the best ride I’ve had in ages.”

Tomorrow sees competitors travel to Laverton for the event’s longest
competitive course so far at 560 kilometers.

Fuente: Marathonrally.com | MR/HS/PITTAWAY

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Australasian Safari: Lowndes wins, Weel destroyed again, big carpet of flowers.

Posteado 24 septiembre 2011 | Por | Categorías: Australasian Safari | No hay Comentarios

And yes, we are in the Outback. Not the real desert like in Africa, but
hot, stony regions with many small bushes and trees – and partly
greenfields with thousands of little yellow and red flowers. This was like
a carpet for the participants – soft, but extremely slippery. Also the
temperatures changed from coastal 24 degrees up to 36 in the Outback.

The Mitsubishi Pajero V8-Crew (yes, V8) Steve Riley and John Doble were
leading the first stage on Saturday, but had major brake issues in the
second part of the day about 230 kilometers. So it was the day of the
Australian “Michael Schumacher” Craig Lowndes, who overtook six cars (!)
and made the first stagewin in 04:43:22 hours with his shining Holden
Colorado V8 Pickup. But Riley and Doble secured the second position with
04:50:07.

The father-daughter team Terry and Jodi Connor (Nissan Patrol Pickup V8)
managed the third position in 05:08:02 hours in front of the Mitsubishi
Triton (L200) crew of Purshouse / McShane (05:27:14), the Mitsubishi-crew
Young / McBean (05:31:51) and the “always happy” Geoff Olholm and Hayden
Redfern in their “Coconut” Mitsubishi Pajero V8 (05:05:54).

Steve Riley elaborated: “Our brakes exploded just 20 kilometers from the
end of the second stage. We had been first out and were leading up until
that point but had to stop and fix it up. But the wildflowers out there
were beautiful but dangerous – it was like driving on oil and we did a lot
of damage to the car.”

The Connor team also had no “easy going”. The stabilizer of their Nissan
Prototype with Chevrolet 4.7 litres V8 engine broke some kilometers after
the start, “we were just slipped through the stage, hitted a tree with our
back, but nothing serious” Terry Connor said in the evening.

Damage was a common theme amongst the cars and the PWR Holden Rally team
mechanics will also be putting in a late night with Lowndes and Weel both
hitting trees. Lowndes explained: “We navigated our way into the forestry
and had to then turn the car around in the first stage. It was really
rocky and rutted and we did a lot of sliding in the wildflower areas.”

The second Holden Colorado of the father-son pairing Paul and Kees Weel,
winner of the prologue even after they roll, had more serious problems.
They arrived very late in the Camp – again with a destroyed Holden Pickup.
They hit a tree on the drivers site heavily, broke the tire and damaged
the cooler system. The mechanics have to find out, if the car can be fixed
- there´s a lot “cold formed” metal to reconstruct.

At all, many cars were missing in the evening, had technical or navigation
problems or damaged their car, so the results will take a while. Tony
Flood and Greg Flood in their Mitsubishi Pajero were the first who had to
retire from the race. They did not start in the stage due to mechanical
issues. Tony Quinn and Toni Feaver (Mitsubishi Pajero) were towed from the
first stage.

In the bikes, Brothers Todd and Jacob Smith finished first and second
fastest with two minutes between them, followed by Rod Faggotter and then
Ben Grabham, who recovered after a tumble over the handlebars.

Cyril Despres is sitting a respectable sixth fastest despite continuing
difficulties with the language of the road books. “This is quite a
different race for me and reading the navigation is like a different
language. I was not racing at 100 percent capacity today and it’s also the
first day.”

Jacob and Todd had some friendly rivalry keeping each other at pace
despite the overgrown tracks, which they both said were treacherous.

Last year´s winner Ben Grabham (KTM) said he was a bit sore but a Panadol
at the refuel kept him going. “Something happened when I was in first gear
going through the grass. I wasn’t liking the conditions today, you
couldn’t see anything in the long grass.”

Shane Diener finished a respectable seventh after coming off on a corner
and getting lost a couple of times in the first stage. “I sorted out my
concentration by the second stage and am being a bit more cautious after
breaking both my wrists earlier this year.”

Young English rider Sam Sunderland had another rough day in the Aussie
outback, hitting a kangaroo and coming off his bike. He managed to get
back on to reach the end of the stage but arrived disoriented and was seen
by a medical team and given IV fluid. He hopes to start tomorrow.

Italian rider Manuel Lucchese had wheel damage 108 km into the second
stage. “My mousse in the tire exploded, really, with fire and a heavy
damage. So I can´t finish the stage, which is very sad. I wanted to get a
good position, but this dream is over now. Ok, I can start again, but it´s
not the same fun as before.”

It was a tough day for the Quads as well. The kinship of the quad riders
was apparent when Heath Young towed Neville Yeatman from the first stage.
Colin Lawson, finishing fastest for the leg, said he lost a lot of time as
he blew a drive belt in the first 70km after he pushed hard to catch the
lead rider. Paul Smith did not finish the second stage because of fuel
problems.

Fuente: Marathonrally.com | MR/SY/RRMG

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Australasian Safari: The silence before the storm – Cyril Despres in the focus

Posteado 23 septiembre 2011 | Por | Categorías: Australasian Safari | No hay Comentarios

As in the previous year, the “Safari Headquarters” are beautifully
situated directly on the beach of the Perth-suburb “Joondalup”. In the
most parts of Europe nearly impossible, here the paddock is based right on
a green lawn in a park – but inside the dunes of the Australian west
coast. You can hear the breaking waves from your tent – beautiful!

What for Africa the wild dogs and cats, for this region these are wild,
but harmful crows with the size of a adult cat. The birds are singing
their melodies to get their attraction – and food. If you feed them, you
maybe also could pet them… But most of them are really cheeky – you must
have an eye on your barbecue, otherwise the big crows will steal a steak
or sausage…

This year, the “superstar” of the rally is not only the Australian
“Michael Schumacher” and last year’s winner Craig Lowndes (factory driver
Holden / General Motors Australia). Next to “Rally Princess” Annie Seel
from Sweden (the only Rally Lady) and Husaberg factory rider Manuel
Lucchese from Italy it´s especially the French Cyril Despres (KTM factory
driver), three-time winner of the legendary Dakar Rally who is in the
focus.

Especially for Despres, his Australian colleague (and last year’s winner)
Ben Grabham and Annie Seel, KTM had invited the night before for the “KTM
Safari Party” at the 5-star club “The Breakwater”. For charity reasons
they also organized an auction – with incredible results. What we normally
collect as “rally-waste” like a souvenir on rally routes, brought here a
lot of money. The rally fans outdid themselves spending a lot of money for
simple (but signed) KTM-spare parts from Cyril Despres and signed pictures
- the photos went away for 1,200 Australian dollars, a plastic cover even
brought $ 3,500.

The Safari Rally is very popular inside the motorcycle scene, the quads
and cars are more clear, side-by-sides (SSV) are not involved. Really a
pity, because the rally is perfect for all classes. However, the
restrictive import regulations in Australia destroys many plans for
foreign participants. Transport takes two months, and then three weeks the
“quarantine” – no joke. Annie Seel and Co. rent their bikes here – that’s
cheap and you only need to come by plane and are ready to race.

“I just do not understand. Since the three years I´m starting here, I’m
the only woman,” laughs Annie Seel. For several years, the German
concurrent Tina Meier wants to come, but somehow it never works. “When the
time comes and Tina will start, then we will compete as the only women -
like in the Dakar Rally.”

16 cars are at the start, the only foreign team is Rachan Trairat from
Thailand and Harry Suzuki from Japan. Both go with a T2-Isuzu D-Max – but
not by Isuzu Motor Sports Australia, the car came directly from the Isuzu
team from Thailand. Isuzu legend Bruce Garland cannot participate in this
year, so his codriver Harry Suzuki will help the Thailand driver. Isuzu
Australia is a good address to hire a car for rallying here: “We offer
different D-Max ready-to-race for rent,” says Harry Suzuki. So sports
fans: Remember this, we could help with contacts.

So in the cars three factory teams are at the start. “Holden / General
Motors Australia” with two Colorado Pickup V8 (compared with the old Isuzu
D-Max, but with more powerful engine), “Mitsubishi Mining Australia” with
a “Challenger” (L200 pickup truck with enclosed body) and “Isuzu Thailand”
(D-Max Pickup T2).

47 bikes will compete – including nearly all Australian factory teams
(KTM, Husaberg, Yamaha). 6 quads are also competing in the race, 15
motorcycles and quads will start in the ADTV-category. Overall, the rally
lists 84 starters – a good quote for the “Down Under” marathonrally.

On Thursday evening, the rally starts with a official Showstart in the
Hillarys Marina of Joondalup, on Friday the prologue will follow. In this
year especially the prologue could be nice – as we heard, the route will
be at the beach… heading direction north. Be with us – we are looking
forward to an exciting week in Australia.

Fuente: Hansy Schekahn | MarathonRally.com | Powered by Rally Raid Media Group

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El Australasian Safari ya tiene fechas

Posteado 13 marzo 2011 | Por | Categorías: Australasian Safari | No hay Comentarios

Los entusiastas de los deportes de motor extremos deben señalar en su calendario la semana del 23 al 30 de Septiembre, esas son las fechas en las que se disputará el Australasian Safari en el desierto australiano por vigésimo sexta vez. La prueba congregará competidores en 4×4, motos y quads.

El Australasian Safari atrae a competidores de las más variadas disciplinas, desde los habituales del Dakar a los pilotos de los V8 Supercars como Craig Lowndes, que se agenció la corona del Safari 2010 en su primera participación en una prueba todo terreno.

El Safari 2010 discurrió en el Oeste de Australia con remotos e inolvidables paisajes, asegurando en todo momento un fondo perfecto para las fotografías de la carrera. La edición de 2011 volverá a tener dicho escenario combinándolo con otros nuevos gracias al apoyo de Eventscorp, la división de eventos del Tourism Western Australia.

El Director Ejecutivo de Eventscorp, David van Ooran afirmó que “El Australasian Safari es una de las más prestigiosas carreras de resistencia por etapas en el mundo. “Viene a ser la versión del Pacifico asiático del mítico Dakar y el State Government of Western Australia está ansioso por dar la bienvenida a los participantes de la edición de 2011″

Aunque la ruta todavía no está decidida, existen previsiones para incluir las zonas más extremas de la costa y el desierto a través de unos paisajes impresionantes de Australia. La organización ha confirmado en notable interés de equipos de Canadá, Tailandia, India, Japón, Estados Unidos, Sudamérica, Rusia y Polonia.

El 2011 Australasian Safari está programado para que sea compatible con el Calendario de competiciones de la Federación Australiana de Automovilismo y con el V8 Supercar Championship Series para que los pilotos de ambos certámenes puedan inscribirse en la prueba todo terreno.

En la página oficial http://www.australasiansafari.com.au se podrán encontrar todas las informaciones referentes a la carrera.

Fuente: www.rallyraid.es | Pep Cifre | Powered by Rally Raid Media Group

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