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Welcome to the Australasian Safari 2012 special newssection. To read an article just click on the specific headline below. All articles are visible for several years and under special subdomain [ COPY & CLICK HERE ] or use the SEARCH.




Australasian Safari: GHR Honda leading in Bikes in front of KTM and Yamaha.




In what proved to be a costly day for 9 Safari competitors, GHR Honda rider Jacob Smith consolidated his Leg 1 position to build a lead of just over 16 minutes over Matthew Fish (KTM 500 EXC) and Rodd Fagotter (Yamaha WR450F). Last year´s winner Todd Smith (Honda) had again problems didn´t finish both stages again.

SS4 Kalbarri's overgrown tracks tore at the riders as they navigated through 230km of coastal farmland to service at Hamelin. The riders found the 260km SS5 Wooramel River stage less punishing but nonetheless eventful. Warren Strange dropped down the order due to navigation and #22 South African rider Glen Grundy had a close encounter with another vehicle at speed.

Jacob Smith: "It was too overgrown this morning for anything crazy. I kept it clean and safe so Shane (Diener) pulled 3 minutes or so on me. In the second stage at about the 40 km he'd crashed and hurt himself. I rode alone at the front all day."

Glen Grundy: "To summarise today, they gave us a lot of work for a Monday. 9 hours on the bike in total. At home we call this sort of terrain an "LSD" - long sandy drag. The only difference here was being whipped in the arms while doing it and it made it tricky to find a good rhythm. The afternoon was fast. I was shunted from behind at over 100kph but I think the driver got just as much of a fright as I did because he saw it all about to happen. Thankfully it all worked out fine."

Brett Cummings: "I was getting beaten up in SS4, so I took it easy. SS5 I was doing well and caught 6th on road. At the 125km mark I got completely lost. With so few on the road in front I had little in the way of tracks to guide me. I finally worked it out and caught up with another group. When Guy Henley stopped I compared notes with him and verified where we were in the road book."

Paul Smith: "I staked another tyre today with 150km to go. It also took out the balls, and because it was a rear I had to leave it and run on 3 legs so it wasn't so comfortable. Still, I'm leading the quads so I'm happy."

Glenn Hoffmann: "I had a good day today. I didn't want to run out of fuel so I couldn't drive as hard as I'd like. Still, looking at some of the damaged cars by the side of the road I'm fortunate all I had to worry about was fuel.

Tomorrow the field are in store for two stages of stunning coastline and sand dunes as they head north for the first splash and dash at Warroora. Service crews will meet the vehicles at Minilya before the racing starts again for the 198km Hayley stage.

2012/09/25 | 02:48 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/GHR











Australasian Safari PHOTOS: All Photo Galleries of the Safari sorted by date | 18.10.2012 15:37 |




Australasian Safari VIDEO: All Videos of the Australasian Safari sorted by date | 17.10.2012 17:28 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Final overall results after SS07 Geraldton Quads | 10.10.2012 20:09 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Final overall results after SS07 Geraldton Bikes | 10.10.2012 20:05 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Final overall results after SS07 Geraldton Cars | 10.10.2012 20:01 |




Australasian Safari: And the winners are... After 8 days the Safari finished. | 29.09.2012 14:29 |




Australasian Safari: Dakar Challenge won by South African Brett Cummings. | 29.09.2012 12:51 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: FINAL OVERALL results after 07 BIKE/QUAD | 29.09.2012 12:39 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: FINAL OVERALL results after Stage 07 - CARS | 29.09.2012 12:09 |




Australasian Safari VIDEO: Official video of SS06 Gascoyne Junction - Kalbarri | 29.09.2012 11:32 |




Australasian Safari: Honda riders Jacob and Paul Smith lead bikes & quads. | 29.09.2012 11:17 |




Australasian Safari: Stage 06 brought the participants back west to Kalbarri. | 29.09.2012 10:31 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Daily / Overall results after SS06 - BIKE/QUAD | 29.09.2012 10:00 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Daily / Overall results after Stage 06 - CARS | 29.09.2012 09:28 |




Australasian Safari PHOTOS: Impressions SS06 Gascoyne Junc.-Kalbarri (74). | 29.09.2012 08:41 |




Australasian Safari VIDEO: Official video of SS05 Gascoyne Junction round | 29.09.2012 08:34 |




Australasian Safari: Tricky beautiful 448 km in SS05 near Gascoyne Junction. | 27.09.2012 15:21 |




Australasian Safari PHOTOS: Impressions SS05 Gascoyne Junction round (48). | 27.09.2012 15:07 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Daily / Overall results after SS05 - BIKE/QUAD | 27.09.2012 14:03 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Daily / Overall results after Stage 05 - CARS | 27.09.2012 13:30 |




Australasian Safari VIDEO: Behind the scenes - the Catering crew of the Safari | 27.09.2012 09:18 |




Australasian Safari: Holden and Subaru leader after SS04 Gascoyne Junction. | 27.09.2012 08:42 |




Australasian Safari VIDEO: Movie of SS04 Carnarvon-Gascoyne Junction | 27.09.2012 07:16 |




Australasian Safari: Smith consolidates lead in front of Strange & Cummings. | 27.09.2012 06:40 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Daily / Overall results after SS04 - BIKE/QUAD | 27.09.2012 06:33 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Daily / Overall results after Stage 04 - CARS | 27.09.2012 06:09 |




Australasian Safari PHOTOS: SS 04 Carnarvon-Gascoyne Junction Cars (68). | 26.09.2012 15:39 |




Australasian Safari PHOTOS: SS 04 Carnarvon-Gascoyne Junction Bikes (55). | 26.09.2012 15:33 |




Australasian Safari: Isuzu Motorsport happy with "Dakar Check" on Safari. | 26.09.2012 15:13 |




Australasian Safari: Spectacular dunes and coastline in SS03 at Carnarvon. | 26.09.2012 13:22 |




Australasian Safari VIDEO: Bike-crash onboard Husaberg Manuel Lucchese | 26.09.2012 13:01 |




Australasian Safari VIDEO: Official video of SS03 round Carnarvon - Carnarvon | 26.09.2012 12:53 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Daily / Overall results after SS03 - BIKE/QUAD | 25.09.2012 16:08 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Daily / Overall results after Stage 03 - CARS | 25.09.2012 15:26 |




Australasian Safari VIDEO: Fixing Isuzu D-Max for Dakar - Garland Interview | 25.09.2012 14:52 |




Australasian Safari PHOTOS: Impressions of SS02/03 Carnarvon Cars (72). | 25.09.2012 14:30 |




Australasian Safari PHOTOS: Impressions of SS02/03 Carnarvon Bikes (48). | 25.09.2012 14:18 |




Australasian Safari VIDEO: A stage onboard with "Coconut" Mitsubishi Pajero | 25.09.2012 12:23 |




Australasian Safari: "What they said" after 490 km SS02 Kalballi-Carnarvon. | 25.09.2012 08:36 |




Australasian Safari: Impressive 500kms SS02, changes in top10, retirements. | 25.09.2012 08:07 |




















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