|Dakar 2010: Steady improvement for Isuzu Team at Dakar 2010.|
A smashed sumpguard was the only issue during Stage 10 for the remaining Garland MotorSports Isuzu D-MAX ute competing in the 2010 Dakar Rally. Swedish duo Pelle Wallentheim and Olle Ohlsson damaged the guard on some rocks but otherwise had a smooth, trouble-free run to finish a credible 17th for the day. They're now 26th outright and second in class, with four competition stages to go.
The Swedes' Australian teammates, Bruce Garland and Harry Suzuki were forced out of competition late last week when a freak accident smashed the radiator, causing the engine to overheat. Because the Australians left the desert rally route to reach camp safely, they were excluded.
"It was a hard road, lots of rocks and ridges, but not too difficult and we had a good run through it," said Wallentheim. "We're just chipping away at the competition. We are second in our class ('amateur' or non-factory, modified 4WD diesel), which is what Bruce and Harry won last year. With them out of the race, obviously we want to be first. Bruce is talking about doing some 'bone pointing' which I understand is a special Australian process for putting a jinx on your rivals. I think it is true what they say: that all is fair in love and war! As long as we can win the class, this 'bone pointing' will be fair!"
2010/01/13 | 15:19 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Isuzu