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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: Prologue-start Geraldton - Olholm / Strange first leaders.






Historic Glengarry Homestead east of the City of Geraldton at the western coast of Australia played host to Friday’s "Australasian Safari" Rally prologue which saw experienced Western Australian rider Warren Strange (Honda), Cairns driver Geoff Olholm (Mitsubishi Pajero) and Victorian Quad rider Paul Smith (Honda) set fastest times to lead the pack tomorrow.

The 22.44 km Prologue was essentially a time trial and qualifier for the first leg of the race, which starts Saturday. It determines the start order for Leg 1 as well as providing competitors a chance to test out their vehicles on the course so they are competition-ready.

Competitors said they had a good day out on the course, which gave them a good taste of Western Australia’s mid west with the course ducking and diving through gates, along and between fences and across open paddocks. Many said they were playing it safe to get a reasonable position for tomorrow, not taking too many risks.

Moto rider Warren Strange on Honda said his fastest time was all due to the set up of his bike. "The Prologue was awesome it was good fun and the bike’s great. It’s all set up for Dakar - the steering is light - there’s no weight on it, and the fuel tank sits really low. I felt relaxed and really enjoyed it."

Last year’s moto winner Todd Smith, and fastest Dakar Challenge finisher for the day, said he took it pretty easy. "The bike is really good, I didn’t push too hard, just working my way into it. It was the perfect start and I’m happy to be starting in fourth position tomorrow."

Geoff Olholm in the Cairns Coconut Racing Team Mitsubishi Pajero said they had fun on the course. "It was really enjoyable and we had a consistent day, the car felt really good. Coconuts live again!" Only 27 seconds off the auto lead was Safari win record holder John Hederics in the Holden Colorado.

International competitors fared well with Venezuelan driver Nunzio Coffaro in his Overdrive Toyota Hilux Pickup finishing fourth fastest, 54 seconds behind Olholm.

Manuel Lucchese from Italy finished ninth in the moto division, nearly two minutes behind Warren Strange. He said he was getting used to a new bike and wanted to ease himself into his second Safari.

Tomorrow competitors will be truly tested, starting the day along the surf with a sandy beach stage before heading inland for a rocky river crossing, farmland stages and a fast stage to finish before ending at the overnight stop at Kalbarri, 592 km north of Perth.

The Australasian Safari has been selected as one of only four feeder events for Dakar, one of the world’s most extreme and legendary off-road motorsport races. Seven riders are competing for this coveted prize and it has attracted riders from as far afield as The Netherlands and the USA.

2012/09/22 | 16:44 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/PITTAWAY











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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