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Breslau Poland: Rally on standby by Military because of actual political situation. | 18.07.2014


Breslau Poland: Rally on standby by Military because of actual political situation. | 18.07.2014


Breslau Poland: The truck-legends are back - scrutineering - Ford Ranger. | 12.07.2014


Breslau Poland: The truck-legends are back - scrutineering - Ford Ranger. | 12.07.2014


Breslau Poland PHOTOS: First Impressions of the Scrutineering in Recz (60). | 12.07.2014


Breslau Poland PHOTOS: First Impressions of the Scrutineering in Recz (60). | 12.07.2014


Africa Eco Race: End of preferential rates - review rally presentations Europe. | 04.07.2014













































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Australasian Safari: Dakar-Star Bruce Garland completes shakedown.



The long drive from Sydney to Perth is complete and five-time Australasian Safari winner Bruce Garland is ready to race. Garland, navigator Harry Suzuki and the Isuzu Motorsports crew used the trip to give their brand-new Isuzu D-MAX ute a thorough shakedown before the 2010 event gets underway this weekend. Their aim goes beyond another trophy in the cabinet - they want the first outright victory for a diesel.

The 2010 Australasian Safari kicks off in Perth tonight (Friday) with a ceremonial start in the CBD before the crews head out to Southern Cross, 370km east of Perth on the road to Kalgoorlie. A Prologue to determine seeding order will be run there before the event gets underway in earnest on Sunday. The cross-country rally finishes in the southern WA coastal town of Esperance next Saturday, September 25, after covering 3600km.

"The car is unreal," says Garland who describes the journey across the outback as stunningly beautiful after all the rain so many areas have experienced.

"We did some speed testing on some private property near Broken Hill and got up to about 171kmh on the dirt but I think we can do better than that. It is a brand-new engine and I think we will get better top-end speed when everything settles in - but everything else is already light years ahead of the ute we had here last year.

"I think it’s going to be a very interesting event. I think our only weak spot would be the top-end speed. Everything else - acceleration, handling and so on - is just so much better, so it really depends on what the rally throws at us. We just can’t wait to get started now!"

Garland and Suzuki were third outright last year - and first diesel - in their 2010 Dakar-spec D-MAX. More than half that ute was built using original Isuzu production parts and was instantly recognisable as a production Isuzu D-MAX.

The new ute is lighter, faster and better handling than its predecessor but still based around the D-MAX’s steel cab, chassis frame and 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine. Built by Garland and his team with the benefit of two years’ experience competing in the legendary Dakar Rally, it is much closer to standard than many other off-road racing vehicles.

Under the bonnet is a 3.0-litre turbo diesel Isuzu engine that has been tweaked to suit the purpose ahead. It produces approximately 630Nm of maximum torque and around 192kW of peak power, or an increase of 75 and 60 per cent, respectively, on the standard Isuzu D-MAX engine.

Garland has described the difference between his previous vehicles and the new ute as that between a plane with a propeller and one with a jet engine. But he knows better than most that speed isn’t everything in cross-country rallies - vehicles also have to be extremely strong to put up with days of relentless punishment, and this D-MAX has been built to withstand the pressures of this event, and another much longer one.

That’s the 14-day Dakar Rally, the now South American-based enduro that Garland has contested twice before (2009 and 2010) and hopes to do again next January. Because he’s a proven competitor, the team’s entry for the 2011 Dakar has been accepted but the final deadline is looming, when the full commitment has to be made - and that can’t be done without the team finding some more sponsorship. A strong result in the Safari could help.

More than 100 competitors - including 25 in the auto division - will be contesting this year’s Safari. It’s the 25th year of the Aussie endurance adventure, which was first run in 1985 as the Wynn’s Safari. Garland first tackled the event in 1987. This year he is entered in Class A2.3, for ‘modified production’ 4WD recreational cross-country vehicles - diesel.

2010/09/17 | 08:46 CET | EDITOR: MR/HS/GARLAND











Breslau Poland: Rally on standby by Military because of actual political situation. | 18.07.2014 09:56 |




Breslau Poland: Rally on standby by Military because of actual political situation. | 18.07.2014 09:56 |




Breslau Poland RESULTS: Daily results after SS01 Recz / Recz roundcourse | 13.07.2014 23:38 |




Breslau Poland RESULTS: Daily results after SS01 Recz / Recz roundcourse | 13.07.2014 23:38 |




Breslau Poland: The truck-legends are back - scrutineering - Ford Ranger. | 12.07.2014 15:17 |




Breslau Poland: The truck-legends are back - scrutineering - Ford Ranger. | 12.07.2014 15:17 |




Breslau Poland PHOTOS: First Impressions of the Scrutineering in Recz (60). | 12.07.2014 14:29 |




Breslau Poland PHOTOS: First Impressions of the Scrutineering in Recz (60). | 12.07.2014 14:29 |




Africa Eco Race: End of preferential rates - review rally presentations Europe. | 04.07.2014 15:44 |




Africa Eco Race: End of preferential rates - review rally presentations Europe. | 04.07.2014 15:44 |




Rally Raid VIDEO: Special tuned and loud Nissan Patrol RB25DET from Bulgaria | 04.07.2014 15:14 |




Rally Raid VIDEO: Special tuned and loud Nissan Patrol RB25DET from Bulgaria | 04.07.2014 15:14 |




Red Bull Romaniacs: The most diversified Extreme Enduro track ever in 2014 | 04.07.2014 14:24 |




Red Bull Romaniacs: The most diversified Extreme Enduro track ever in 2014 | 04.07.2014 14:24 |




Dakar Rally 2015: Carlos Sousa switch from Great Wall to Mitsubishi Petrobras. | 04.07.2014 11:21 |




Dakar Rally 2015: Carlos Sousa switch from Great Wall to Mitsubishi Petrobras. | 04.07.2014 11:21 |




Baja Deutschland VIDEO: Summary of Dutch competitors in Germany in June | 04.07.2014 10:37 |




Baja Deutschland VIDEO: Summary of Dutch competitors in Germany in June | 04.07.2014 10:37 |




TORC 2014: Douglas continues to run up front - finishes Third in Round 7 | 04.07.2014 10:17 |




TORC 2014: Douglas continues to run up front - finishes Third in Round 7 | 04.07.2014 10:17 |




Hungarian Baja: 2014 is promising a big challenge for 11th edition in Hungary. | 03.07.2014 22:28 |




Hungarian Baja: 2014 is promising a big challenge for 11th edition in Hungary. | 03.07.2014 22:28 |




TORC 2014: Barlow Motorsports - All four cars had various levels of success | 03.07.2014 22:22 |




TORC 2014: Barlow Motorsports - All four cars had various levels of success | 03.07.2014 22:22 |




Dakar Rally 2015 VIDEO: The all-new Peugeot 2008 DKR buggy - first preview | 03.07.2014 19:08 |




Dakar Rally 2015 VIDEO: The all-new Peugeot 2008 DKR buggy - first preview | 03.07.2014 19:08 |




Dakar Rally 2015: Peugeot 2008 DKR - first test, new detailed technical data. | 03.07.2014 18:48 |




Dakar Rally 2015: Peugeot 2008 DKR - first test, new detailed technical data. | 03.07.2014 18:48 |




Donaldson CC: The African sands deliver their verdict in the Dakar Challenge | 03.07.2014 18:18 |




Donaldson CC: The African sands deliver their verdict in the Dakar Challenge | 03.07.2014 18:18 |




TORC 2014: Team Kleiman Off Road Racing - "Big House Brawl" Race Report | 03.07.2014 18:11 |




TORC 2014: Team Kleiman Off Road Racing - "Big House Brawl" Race Report | 03.07.2014 18:11 |




TORC 2014: Ross Hoek gets first PRO-4x4 Podium - third place in round 8 | 03.07.2014 17:55 |




TORC 2014: Ross Hoek gets first PRO-4x4 Podium - third place in round 8 | 03.07.2014 17:55 |




Donaldson CC VIDEO: Impressions Toyota Team Kalahari Botswana Desert race | 03.07.2014 17:48 |




Donaldson CC VIDEO: Impressions Toyota Team Kalahari Botswana Desert race | 03.07.2014 17:48 |




Donaldson CC: Rhide SA´s Brian Baragtwanath wins Quads Dakar Challenge | 03.07.2014 17:38 |




Donaldson CC: Rhide SA´s Brian Baragtwanath wins Quads Dakar Challenge | 03.07.2014 17:38 |




Donaldson CC: Bertholdt / Rousseau win free entry for the Dakar Rally 2015. | 03.07.2014 17:17 |




Donaldson CC: Bertholdt / Rousseau win free entry for the Dakar Rally 2015. | 03.07.2014 17:17 |




















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