|Hellas Rally: The story behind - An amazing day for "half-Aussie" Peter Jerie.|
His car is a painstaking built Isuzu D-Max T1 prototype - not "some" prototype, no, it´s an original Factory Isuzu from Isuzu Motorsports Australia, naturally also with right-hand-drive. Peter Jerie is the driver, the Greek publisher and rally-organizer (24 Hours of Greece) Giannis Athanasiou his navigator.
Jerie, half the year living in Australia, the other half in Switzerland, is listed as "Australian" - but he was ´originally´ born in the Czech Republic. He was involved in the "AustralAsian Safari", "Dakar Rally" (Africa and South America) or the "Africa Race." His team is called "Rally OZ" - if you pronounce the "OZ" fast it sounds like "Aussie"...
Today (Tuesday) in the first stage of the Hellas Rally in Greece the team was surprisingly third in the cars - after the famous locals Dimitriadis / Kalfas (Mitsubishi Pajero) and the former "Pharaons Rally"-winner Pelichet / Decré (Overdrive Toyota).
"This must be a mistake," Peter thought after the stage. But it wasn´t. "We thought we were slow because the car is silent and simply running," his navigator added. A good navigation of Giannis and perfect driving skills of Peter gave a perfect mix today.
But never celebrate the day too early: "Today we heard some noise which is not original - and our car is a real prototype, so everything could happen. We are here for fun, after the Dakar Rally we ran out of sensual spare parts. So cross your fingers that the car will be stable the next days," Peter told in the evening.
But why is an Half-Australian competing with an Australian car here in Greece? "Well," Peter said with a smile. "The Dakar organizer paid me the costs for the transport from South America to Europe - but not to Australia. So I decided to keep the car here and enjoy some rallies from here now. But now I need spare-parts..." More about the team you can find on his Facebook site via [ RALLYOZ.COM ]
2014/05/06 | 22:16 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS