2013 Australasian Safari Rally

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  1. 640 Armageddon

    640 Armageddon Xplorer

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    Congratulations to all the participants, a very tough race...
    All the best to the injured for a fast and full recovery.

    Any news on Warren regarding his condition? :ear

    +1 on the Ladies, Lerner and Reina, who won the Dakar Challenge with the orange Jeep :freaky

    Till later,
    D.
  2. troy safari carpente

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  3. troy safari carpente

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    call in for a beer, got some of that tooheys shite but no rechers
  5. troy safari carpente

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    Perseverance and dogged determination pay off for Australasian Safari winners


    Date: 27-Sep-2013
    • Faggotter brings home first Safari win for Yamaha in 27 years
    • Geoff Olholm and Gordon Trigg’s Toyota Hilux cruises to victory
    • Neck and neck quad battle finishes with Heath Young the outright winner
    • Michael Heuchan drives it home in the side-by-sides
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    Seventy brave and battle-weary competitors made it through to the finish line of the 2013 Australasian Safari in Geraldton today, 3200 kilometres and seven days after 100 racers started in Jurien Bay, Western Australia last Friday.
    Queensland Yamaha dealer Rod Faggotter has had a convincing moto win, not only for himself but also for Yamaha. The last win by Yamaha at the Safari was by Alan Cunningham back in 1986.
    Fellow Queenslanders Geoff Olholm and Gordon Trigg brought it home in the auto category, winning the autos outright and seven of 16 stages of the seven-day off-road endurance race.
    There has never been such a tight battle between the top two Quads in the history of Safari. Heath Young from Western Australia was the victor in a race that wasn't decided until he crossed the final time control. He won by one minute and six seconds on his KTM 690 Rally over John Maragozidis from South Australia.
    Michael Heuchan from New South Wales had a huge 12-hour lead and won the side-by-side category on a 2012 Polaris XP900E.
    The Dakar Challenge, awards a free entry to Dakar for the fastest moto and auto competitors who've not previously entered the world’s hardest motorsport event, was won by Shane Diener. Shane also placed outright third in the motos. US team, sisters Amy Lerner and Tricia Reina, won the Dakar Challenge in the auto category.
    The final Leg of Safari saw competitors tackle three stages including a beach blast south bound from Kalbarri, farmland with sharp rocky tracks, steep beach descents, a fast run through sheep paddocks, weaving through gates, along and between fences and across open paddocks with crests, gutters, ruts and creeks all creating hazards.
    Competitors finished on the stunning Geraldton foreshore where a guard of honour was formed by moto riders and the DMC Rally team as their team member Ivan Erceg’s bike number 19 and race card were solemnly delivered through the finish line by close mate and multiple Safari competitor Vern Strange.
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    For all three moto podium finishers, it was a case of ‘if at first you don't succeed, try try again’.[​IMG]
    Faggotter said after six attempts it felt great to make it to first place. “I’m really happy, it took a while to get here and it feels surreal at the moment. I didn't really do anything spectacular this week, I had a dream run with no real mechanical issues. It was great to finally bring it home again for Yamaha too, they’ve been a great support.”
    Matt Fish on KTM 500 EXC has also overcome the disappointment experienced at previous Safaris to finally have a podium finish – placing second. “I’m feeling really good. I’ve been disappointed to have not made it to the finish in the last couple of years. Just finishing the Safari feels fantastic, let alone making it to the podium. Today’s stages were short but quite tricky. I didn't take any risks, I just wanted to get to the finish line.”
    Shane Diener is another who has finally achieved an enormous goal and also set a record by putting two Yamaha riders on the podium – the first time in the history of Safari. He said he was so glad to finish. “I’m really happy and really relieved, I’ve had six starts in seven years and this is the first time I’ve finished it. In previous years it’s always been a mechanical issue or I’ve been broken.”
    Diener said he was really happy to win the Dakar Challenge. “I’m actively looking for sponsors if anyone out there is interested! I’ll now be getting a budget together and starting to source a bike.”
    Other notable mentions in the moto category are Lee Stephens who has managed to achieve a fourth place finish in his first Safari, coming into the event with a motocross background. He won a free entry into Australasian Safari from the Safari Challenge at the Condo 750.
    Rally champion Alister McRae had a huge week finishing fifth also in his first Safari and one of his first moto events.
    KTM was a stand out manufacturer with seven out of the top ten moto competitors on its bikes.
    Vern Strange said although it was a very difficult time, it was fantastic to see all the riders paying a moving tribute to Ivan Erceg. “We’re all devastated, and I was really proud to ride with his number and carry his card in.”
  6. Vicks

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    :clap :clap Troy & Silvia

    thanks for the pics, reviews and coverage

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  7. Evil Invader

    Evil Invader Been here awhile

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    As Vicks says: Thank you for Great pics, fun and informant coverage and reviews :clap

    This brings tears to my eyes... :devildog
  8. skidrow

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    My family and I got home today. With a lot of reflection about the australasian safari rally, it was amazing! It lived up to its tough reputation and while i did not finish i would still say it was successful just not complete. It was exactly what I wanted to have a crack at and had I not I would have regretted that. My friends especially, Cameron Welsh who put together my incredible bike that was perfect until some bad luck ( stator failed, oem front wheel failed, and a few crashes, sorry). Friends like him gave me a lot of confidence with their help and support. Like wise the ADV crowds' awesome support ( thanks Sun Downer for letting me take your yamaha for a spin, its awesome). We had such a good time thanks to the rally personnel, medical team and racing teams (CPW, DMC Rally, Team TCR, Porteous Racing / Hutchy Racing, Trans Vent Racing, Plan B Racing). The teams and rally personnel hospitality and sportsmanship is off the charts. Guys like Jim of Cpw, Ryan Ingram of Ktm, Ken another adv rider, Jaybo, Sylvia would check up on my family and I. Everyone in the bivouac was so friendly that we felt privileged to be there with them. One competitor specifically was bigger than life and made you feel like you had know him for years even though we just met him at the beginning of the week. My condolences to family and freinds of Ivan Erceg, he will be missed. Congratulations to the finishers, they earned it! Cheers
  9. fetid_swamp

    fetid_swamp Been here awhile

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    All, thanks all for the reports n HQ pics.
    ivan... wont be forgotten.



    Ryan, good to meet you man.
    rallying is a hard mistress indeed.
    a hard mistress made harder with perry snipping your spokes (did you wonder why you had a front wheel fail?)ha.
    & OHS issue there, that sun-bitch almost has to stretch for his drink.
    good times.:loaded
  10. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    Thank's from me and thank's from him... time to fend for yourselves, this thread is unstuck... fly and be free thread... like the "Wildman". :clap
  11. Bluebull2007

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    Very proud of your effort buddy!! :clap I hope to read a blow by blow account of what went down...

    I got my t-shirt BTW, thanks! :thumb
  12. Maineroot

    Maineroot Been here awhile

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    Ryan- glad o to hear you made it back to tell the story! Looking forward to hearing more about the experience. Keep up the hard work.

    P.S. wore my shirt today.... that thing is cool!


  13. Dakar Dan

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    Another awesome Safari. Great to see Yamaha do well at last and well done to all competitors and teams. They have all demonstrated outstanding efforts in preparation, courage and perseverance especially in light of the sobering loss of Ivan.

    Good luck to Shane Deiner for Dakar. If he wants to look for fund-raising inspiration then Neduro, Pyndon and others here have shown that the ADV community is pretty supportive of such endeavours.

    Thanks again to Troy and Sylvia for providing such colourful insights into the rallye world we all aspire to.