Road to Dakar glory

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AUS­TRALIANS are set to make a huge im­pact in the most gru­elling motorsport event in the world – the Dakar Rally.

Not only will Aus­tralia field its biggest con­tin­gent yet in the world-fa­mous rally start­ing to­day, but at least two com­peti­tors have strong chances to make an im­pact at the front of the field.

Our most suc­cess­ful en­trant, Bruce Gar­land of Syd­ney, is back again in a stronger Isuzu D-Max and is con­fi­dent of run­ning in the top 10 of the auto sec­tion af­ter fin­ish­ing 11th two years ago and first in the class.

‘‘We’ve got a new en­gine com­ing from Isuzu, so we’ll drop that in the car and go into the An­des to test it,’’ the pri­va­teer says.

‘‘One of the Isuzu en­gi­neers will come with us, be­cause the new en­gine will need to be re-tuned to work more ef­fi­ciently at high al­ti­tudes.’’

He will be joined in the auto sec­tion by Cairns re­sort owner Ge­of­frey Ol­holm and Vic­to­rian Steve Ri­ley, who will share the driv­ing du­ties in their UK Rally Raid car.

Com­pet­ing in their first Dakar, the pair are no

Mark Hinch­liffe TOP 10 HOPES: Aus­tralia’s Bruce Gar­land and co­driver Harry Suzuki in their Isuzu D-Max rally car.

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