Road to Dakar glory
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.