Finally we are getting very close to one of the most beautiful and tough rally of all the year, obviously after Dakar. Exactly on the 21st of September the 27th edition of the Australasian Safari Rally will begin in Perth with the Ceremonial Start and will move the day after to Geraldton for the prologue. The race will be then divided into 7 different stages and will finish back in Geraldton on the 29th. It will be an extremely tough week for the 100 competitors that have entered the rally since the long route will make the riders perform a total of 3.135 km (prologue excluded) of which 2.345 of special stage.
As we can see from the image of the fuel matrix the longest stage will be number 3 with 600 km whereas the last one will be the shortest one with only 157km.
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Safari being at its 27th edition has a very long history and is considered the most important rally in Australia. Eventhough until some years ago it was also part of the World Rallies Championship it still hasn’t lost the international attention from the riders which every year come here from all parts of the world.
An interesting aspect is that in all the 27 years of Safari the winner has always been an australian rider and no international rider ever managed to beat everyone, including Cyril Despres who last year was battling for the 3rd place until 2 stages from the end. Here is a list of the main international competitors that attempt Safari and their result. As you can tell the level is pretty high in Australia.
(credits to Troy Carpenter who posted this list of the history of the international competitors on Adv Rider Forum)
1985 Gaston Rahier (Belgium) Marlboro BMW R80GS 2nd place Wynns Safari – Syd/Darwin
1985 Eddy Hau (Germany) Marlboro BMW DNF/crash
1987 Hideaki Suzuki (Japan) Yamaha 4th place Wynns Safari – Syd/Darwin
1989 Cyril Neveu (France) BYRD Yamaha Retired/DQ’d
1989 Guido Maletti (Italy) BYRD Yamaha 5th place Australian Safari – Syd/Darwin
1991 Richard Sainct (France) Honda DNF/crash on rally debut while in top ten.
1991 Olle Ohlsson (Sweden) Suzuki DNF/mechanical. 1992 DNF/Collision 1995/96/97 finisher.
1992 Jeremy Davies (South Africa – roof of Africa winner) Yamaha (Japan) DNF/crash/mechanical.
1993 Raymond Loiseaux (France) BMW 100RS 2nd place Australian Safari – Syd/Darwin
1995 Jean-Luc martin (France) Sonauto Yamaha DNF/mechanical.
1996 Heinz Kinigadner (Austria) KTM DNF/crash (while leading).
1996 Edi Orioli (Italy) Yamaha Belgarda DNF/mechanical leg one.
1996 Jutta Klienschmidt (Germany) KTM finisher (womens class winner)
1996 Robert Grönlund (Sweden) Suzuki DR 650 3rd place Australian Safari – Adelaide/Townsville
1997 Richard Sainct (France) Gauliose KTM DNF/mechanical leg three.
1999 Tara O’Callaghan (England) KTM 660 Rallye 3rd place NT Safari – Alice Springs/Darwin
2000 Casey McCoy (USA) Honda XR400 2nd place NT Safari – Alice Springs/Darwin (also competitor 2001, 02, 03, 04 & ’07)
2000 Kevi Schwantz (USA) Suzuki DR 400E. Finisher.
2001 Andrew Coaker (UK) KTM 660 Rallye 3rd place Alice Springs/Darwin
2002 Alfie Cox (South Africa) KTM 660 Rallye 3rd place NSW Safari – Bathurst/Bathurst
2002 PG Lundmark (Sweden 2001 FIM World Cup champion) KTM 660 Rallye 4th place
2003 Jean Brucy (France) KTM Gauliose DNF/crash/mechanical leg four.
2003 Carlos DeGavardo (Chilé) KTM Repsol (2nd place 450cc class)
2003 Andrew Coaker (Singapore) KTM 660 rallye 3rd place NSW Safari – Bathurst/Bathurst
2004 David Fretigné (France) Yamaha Europe DNF/crash leg four.
2007 Jonah Street (USA) Yamaha finisher WA Safari -Kunnunurra/Perth
2009 Annie Seel (Sweden) Husaberg finisher 2009/10 & ’11
2010 Ze Helio (Brazil) Husaberg. Finisher
2011 Cyril Despres (France) KTM RedBull, retired.
2011 Sam Sunderland (UK/UAE) Husaberg finisher.
2011 Manuel Luchesse (Italy) Husaberg finisher.
Now all is set for this year’s challenge, a new route has been designed and all the competitors are set ready to pull on the throttle! You will be able to follow the rally from this blog since we will daily upload results, photos and possibly videos depending on the internet connection available in the various locations.
These are the Entry Lists
Last but not least the media info: