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Australasian Safari Stage 1 Cars

Australasian Safari: Dakar-Veteran Garland eventually leads after Day 1.

Dakar-Veteran Bruce Garland and his Japanese Navigator “Harry” Suzukli
were tested by today’s tight track in their Isuzu D-Max Diesel T1 but
managed to finish provisionally fastest at the end of Leg One of
Australasian Safari, nearly 3 minutes in front of the Australians
Quinn/Fever in their V8-Mitsubishi Pajero and Green/Smith in their Nissan
Patrol.

Bruce Garland was pleased with the day’s racing, saying the DMAX was
working well and he had no major damage and was now preparing for the two
marathon legs ahead. “I will certainly back off tomorrow, so we’re set for
Leg Three, after the maximum 30-minute service tomorrow night” said
Garland. ‘Its one thing to drive fast, but you also have to be capable of
driving slower to get through the two-day marathon.’

Soft sand took out the clutches of two autos – field starter Geoff Olholm,
who only made it 27 kms into the day, and Australian rally veteran Les
Walkden who lost his clutch only 20kms later.

“Turley overtook us on one of the stages today and then we caught up to
him. He got held up by Des Harrington who was caught behind the Dunns who
had a mechanical problem. We got slowed down by their dust but we had
great day and we’re having fun. Our background is the winch challenge so
the next two days should be good. We don’t have a big budget, but we’re
pretty self-sufficient so hopefully we think we can do most repairs with
what we’re carrying,” Darren said.

Leading the quads today was Colin Lawson on his Can Am Renegade 800,
finishing less than a minute in front of Paul Smith on his Honda TRX700XX.
Smith said he had a great day and thought it was the best Leg he had done
on three years in the Safari. “Out of all three years, today had
everything, but it was 30 kms of hell at the end trying to navigate
through the bush. I made it through and had an awesome day.”

Today’s 356 competitive kms (579kms in total) from Southern Cross north
east to Leonora provided a score of challenges including anthills, large
sections of badly rutted dirt, salt lakes and a crossing of the Trans
Australian Railway.

Considered one of the world’s great endurance events, the Australasian
Safari will travel from Southern Cross in the wheatbelt through to the
historic Western Australian goldfields, desert, rugged bush and coastal
sand dunes, finishing at Esperance.

Australasian Safari RESULTS: Overall Standings Cars Day 1 Sunday (Top 10)

01) Garland/Suzuki (AUS) I Isuzu D-Max I 05:00:43
02) Quinn/Feaver (AUS) I Mitsubishi Pajero 05:03:48
03) Green/Smith (AUS) I Nissan Patrol I 05:04:06
04) Lowndes/Well (AUS) I Holden Colorado I 05:04:21
05) Denham/Denham (AUS) I Mitsubishi Triton I 05:04:52
06) Turley/Tillett (AUS) I Nissan Patrol I 05:05:57
07) Owen/Cairns (AUS) I Nissan Patrol I 05:13:55
08) Dunn/Dunn (AUS) I Nissan Navara I 05:16:02
09) Wei Yu/Min (CN) I Guang Qi Chang Feng I 05:16:25
10) Harrington/Harrington (AUS) I Nissan Patrol I 05:17:00

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