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Australasian Safari: New course will make tough Safari even harder.

Entries in Australia's ultimate off-road adventure, the Australasian Safari, have officially opened with organisers promising an event that will test even the most hardened competitors of the sport. When the ceremonial start takes place in the main street of Kalgoorlie on the afternoon of August 23, the anticipated record field will face a gruelling 3300 competitive kilometres across the next seven days.

Just getting to the finish line in Perth on Saturday August 30 will be a significant achievement. Victory in each of the three key competition categories - car, motorbike and quad bike - will rightly be savoured, and the winners revered. Event Director, Justin Hunt, is in no doubt that their names will be entered alongside the other legends who have won the event because the course for the 21st Safari is one of the toughest ever.

"There is a total of approximately 4300 kilometres to be travelled, and nearly 70 percent of those are competitive stages on very challenging terrain," Hunt said. "Last year Safari debuted in Western Australia and it was tough, but this year it will be even tougher. But at the same time, we've made it logistically easier for competitors and their service crews. We expect this combination - competitively challenging, yet logistically easy - will make the event a big hit with endurance enthusiasts around the world. Entries are now open, and we've had very strong interest from drivers and riders from New Zealand, Japan, the UK, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, the USA, Sweden, Germany and, most recently, from Russia, so we're expecting a strong international field.

"The Supplementary Regulations are now on our website with entries closing on July 25 2008. Western Australia was made for this type of event. The state is an adventure seekers' paradise".

Tourism Minister Sheila McHale said the 2008 course took in some of the key tourism regions, showcasing the Goldfields, Gascoyne and Coral Coast regions to a big international audience. "The event will showcase the regional towns of Kalgoorlie, Meekatharra, Mt Magnet and Geraldton, as the Safari makes its way to Perth for the finish," Ms McHale said.

Entries are Officially open!

It is with much pleasure that we announce that the 2008 Australasian Safari Supplementary Regulations are now available online. Click on link to Supplementary Regulations [ ]. We thank you all for your patience and understanding in regards to the unexpected delays encountered in the production of this document.

Do you think you have the skills, stamina and endurance required to battle it out with some of the best in the business? Then get involved in this years' newly named Australasian Safari and be a part of the adventure of a lifetime. The Australasian Safari promises to deliver a challenging and demanding event in 2008 and organisers look forward to seeing you there.

Get your crew together and immerse yourself in pre-event planning. Why not download the 'Competitor Sponsorship Opportunities' document from the website and start approaching potential sponsors. A compilation of event statistics and various media information, this document will prove a useful tool when looking to source, and secure, potential sponsors.

Don't forget about the great savings you can make when you get your entry forms in early and take advantage of the 'Early Bird' offers. Please take note of the revised cut-off date, Friday 30th May, 2008. All entries received prior to this date are eligible for considerable savings. With such a great offer available, there is no excuse for not getting in early!

Catering Packages Available

Make your Australasian Safari experience hassle free and sign up for the fabulous catering packages available in 2008. Andrew Crawford and his team are a welcome addition to this years' event and are here to assist you in all of your catering needs. An experienced on-event caterer, Crawford's catering package will include three meals per day, including continuous tea and coffee, over the course of the event for only $550 per person (inc. GST).

Operating out of a full 'mobile' kitchen, in compliance with national health regulations, the catering team will consist of fully qualified cooks with qualifications in safe food handling practices. Having catered for other high profile motorsport events, including the Formula One and Moto Grand Prix, Andrew Crawford Catering are highly regarded in the industry and we look forward to having them on board in 2008.

Link to Catering Form: [ ]

Please note: All catering packages must be purchased pre-event through Australasian Safari organizers. Please forward your completed form to the Event Secretary prior to Friday 8th August, 2008.

Serviced Tent Packages

At the end of each long day on event, after traversing kilometre after kilometre of rough and rugged terrain, competitors pull into the
overnight bivouacs for some much needed R and R. If setting up camp is the last thing you see your self doing after a long, hard day playing on outback tracks then the serviced tent packages are the thing for you. Sign up for the package and let organisers do all of the work for you!

For just $550 per person (inc. GST), you can take advantage of this great offer. Organisers will be responsible for both the erection and dismantle of your tent each day. All tents are decked out with large, quality camp beds, with mattress, sleeping bags, pillows and camp lights to ensure your nights under the Southern skies are comfortable. With the package also allowing for the carriage of one suitcase you couldn't ask for a better, or easier, deal! Please note: All serviced tent packages are based on twin share arrangements.

Quad bikes to grow Australasian Safari appeal

In 2007, its first year in Western Australia, the Safari attracted 102 competitors in cars or on motorbikes, but organisers believe that 20 to 30 quad bikes will enter this year, creating a field of around 140 competitors in the recently renamed event. Western Australia has the largest sales in the country of All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) and quad bikes, and event director, Justin Hunt, is confident that many of those who will take up the challenge will be locals.

"Quad bikes have already established a great place in the Australian motorsport scene, and are already involved in events like the Gascoyne Dash in WA, and the Finke Desert Race in the Northern Territory," Hunt said. "It only seems logical that we grant them access to enjoy the Safari, which is rightly considered this country's ultimate off-road adventure. Quad bikes are the fastest growing sector in the recreational bike market and we want to embrace them and create a separate category for them to compete."

Quad bikes will have two classes of competition, one for those under 500cc and one for those over 500cc. "The manufacturers we have spoken to so far are very excited about this move. Further, we have put a lot of changes in place for 2008 to make the event more accessible to competitors and less of a logistical challenge. We want to keep the event growing, increasing its local and international profile, and we think the quad bikes will add enormously to the media appeal as they provide great action-packed competition," he added.

"The combination of cars, bikes and now quad bikes, all competing in the spectacular Western Australian outback, should create plenty of exciting vision for the TV cameras and photographers to capture and distribute around the world."

Australasian Safari gets underway in Kalgoorlie on August 23, before heading north to Meekatharra and Mt Magnet. The event will then head west onto Geraldton, before heading south and finishing in Perth on August 30. For more information visit the official website at [ ]

2008/05/27 | 20:14 CET | Editor: MR/HS/ASO

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