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Australasian Safari: What they said, Interview with Liu Bin (China).




Annie Seel said the competition compares with Dakar, the guys in the top of the field are just as competitive as her rivals there. The terrain in the first couple of legs reminded her of Mali, Senagal and Argentina. "I hadn’t seen a kangaroo until this morning when a local lady brought me her pet joey to see. She also brought me a honey ant to eat - it was a lovely experience!" Visit: [ www.annieseel.com ] and click on the blogg link at the top of the page to read more from Annie.

Sarah Twaddle: "Of course I’m coming back again next year! We’re actually already building the new faster car I’ll be in and next year I’ll be navigating, I’ll be able to play with the big boys!"

Mr Liu Bin, Driver of Chinese Changfeng Motor-Team (#130)

About the course: Some of the landscape is similar to the Gobi Desert, but the main difference is the trees. There are so many more trees to negotiate here. In China, the biggest difficulty in the desert is finding the tracks - it is hard to find the direction.

About the competition: The speed of the competitors is much faster in Australia than in China. Because the cars we built in China are to FIA regulations, rather than CAMS regulations, so the capacity of the engine is about half of the Australian cars. Every event we enter is fun, it is not just about the competition. It feels very relaxed here.

About the China Chanfeng Motor three-car team: We are satisfied with the team’s performance, it’s the first time we have used the cars to run such long distances, and it’s giving us great preparation for next year’s events. We are really pleased that all three cars continue to be competitive.

About WA: We actually saw two emus the other day and we managed to stop in time for them to run away! We wish we could spend more time here, but we have to go back and compete in an event the following week.

Next year?:

There’s a high chance we’ll come back next year, and we plan to build a special car for the Safari. We would also be more prepared with additional spare parts. This year it was all about testing the car and learning from the other competitors.

2009/07/09 | 13:30 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Chesterman | Pics: M. Ellem






















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