|Australasian Safari: Two off-road racing ‘Gazelles’ set to the Safari Rally|
American off-road racing mums Amy Lerner and co-driver Tricia Reina will be coming to Western Australia in September as entrants of Australia’s toughest race, the "Australasian Safari".
No strangers to the off-road racing scene, they have competed in the gruelling 2,500 km Rally "Aicha des Gazelles" in Morocco, a navigational rally only open to ladies and doesn’t allow any modern navigational gadgets or support crew.
“Before deciding to compete in 2011's Aicha des Gazelles, we were off-road driving novices,” said Amy. “We jumped at the chance to do the Gazelle Rally and take on a new challenge in a part of the world we'd never seen. Midway through that first competition, we were hooked and knew we had to return next year to see if we could do better.”
After completing their first rally in a rented four wheel drive, the ladies decided to buy a vehicle they were sure could handle the tough terrain. The vehicle they chose was a brand new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon with a Pentastar engine and transmission.
“We also knew there were a few modifications that would further improve performance, so we partnered with American Expedition Vehicles, creators of some of the highest quality Wrangler accessories in the world,” said Amy.
Amy and Tricia came an impressive 8th place in the Jeep on their second year entering the Gazelle Rally, and also won the Logica Eco Driving Challenge award in the 4x4 category, demonstrating the environmental credibility of the team and their machine.
“Our Jeep is one that anyone can own, there is nothing custom on our vehicle. All the AEV parts are from their normal production and when it’s home, I use the Jeep around town. It’s a big hit with the boys at soccer practice,” said Amy.
Australasian Safari event director Justin Hunt, said he was looking forward to meeting the team and seeing how the Jeep performs in the challenging terrain of Western Australia’s Mid-West region. “Amy and Tricia are great competitors and are enthusiastic about the coming over and participating in Safari. They will certainly add to the spirit of the event,” said Hunt.
2013/05/22 | 21:13 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/PITTAWAY