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Old 01-19-2013, 12:16 AM   #466
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:32 AM   #467
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If Ollo finishes in 10th, Would that not make him the highest finishing Australian Car driver in the Dakar?
Maybe Troy would know...
Yep...

Garlands 11th outright in 2009 (in the first evo of the D-Max pick up) was the benchmark. Both Bruce and Geoff had hopes of being top 10... in the field of competitors this year, that was always gonna be a big challenge. Olholms Toyota Hilux - and being part of the multi-vehichle Overdrive team - has the outright perfermance to deliver and run up near the front from day one, while I think Bruce was hoping that his smaller (aussie) two car effort (along Australian dakar rookie Adrian DiLallo & veteran Steve Riley in an earlier version of the Isuzu D-Max) that with a consistent run and the reliability/pace of the potent deisel powerplant would see him sit inside the top 30 by day two/three and work his way forward from there.

Both are good drivers, and Geoff's 10th place will be the best result by an Aussie ever in auto class... a just reward for his efforts and rise in Aussie cross country rallying (autos) since 2007... when he entered the first WA Safari in an (almost) stock V6 NM Pajero - he converted the wife's shopping wagon... as he said; "disconected the aircon and put in some rally seats" .

Since then Geoff has refined the Pajero over the years (installed a V8 as is the Oz norm and major suspension upgrades and chassis mods) and runs in the Safari as part of a two car team with twice Auto winner Steve Riley in his similar spec SWB version Pajero. Geoff quickly became one of the top pedalers in the safari auto category, and since 2011 has also campaigned the DAKAR... first in 2011/2012 running in a UK built Rally Raid Desert Warrior Proto, then during 2012 signing a deal with the Belgian based Overdrive Toyota team to run one of their V8 Lexus engined Toyota Hilux's - where they lease the vehichle, and team support from.

The 10th spot will be a great reward for their effort!

Old time Safari bike fans will remember Geoff for his fighting Safari battle with eventual winner - John Hederics - back in 1992... where he dogged (and often led) the factory XR 600R aboard his kitted DR 400... A great battle, and along with his numerous enduro, A4DE and ISDE accomplishments... Ollie is one of many of the "old school" Safari moto competitors that have successfully crossed over to four wheels and been super competitive!
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Old 01-19-2013, 03:38 AM   #468
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Looking at the times, it appears Rod F still hasn't swapped motors. That's impressive, given how hard he's been charging in all stages.
What caused Fish's 9 hour penalty? Steep old penalty. Did he murder a quad rider or something?

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Old 01-19-2013, 04:04 AM   #469
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Do we know what happened to Grabbo after WP5? Was it nav error, crash, or mechanical?
The rear shock went off, so he had to back off, got it serviced that night and all was good again
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:11 AM   #470
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Yes!!! Paul Smith wins! http://jacobblack.com.au/dakar/aussies-on-the-dakar/ Epic day for Aussies!
yeah unreal achievement, he did it by out naving them too

first Aussie to win a Dakar stage since Andy Caldecott won one of the early stages in 2006

was very humble about it too when I spoke to him in the bivy later that day

Top job Smithy
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:14 AM   #471
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Looking at the times, it appears Rod F still hasn't swapped motors. That's impressive, given how hard he's been charging in all stages.

if you look at the final results, lots of the top 30 have done the whole rally on the same motor..............................makes all the guff about UXB 450's a lot of bollock's...............they are as easy as strong as the big bore single's of the pre 450 limit era
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Old 01-19-2013, 06:34 AM   #472
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:33 AM   #473
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All six of the Aussie riders are in! Overall Results:
Rod Faggotter 14th!, Ben Grabham 15th, Warren Strange 24th, Todd Smith 32nd, Simon Pavey 53rd, Matt Fish 110th, YES!
Paul Smith seventh on the quads! Epic result.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:50 PM   #474
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Rod F top Aussie down under in DAKAR 2013 !!!

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Well after 15 days of waking up rushing to my iPad to see if my husband is still alive I can finally say it's over.
Today I am one proud, excited, happy, amazed and inspired wife/ person... Rod has finished the Dakar in 14th position overall.
I'm sure you will here from him in the next couple of days with an update, so stay tuned for that if your interested.
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:04 PM   #475
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:22 PM   #476
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Am I reading it right... Olholm/Aston missed 10th position by a mere 25 seconds.

DiLallo/Riley 36th pos.
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Old 01-19-2013, 02:14 PM   #477
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Awesome job to all the aussies, hold your heads high, it is the toughest race on earth. From a lounge room 10,000km's away it is impossible to comprehend the toughness of this event. You are all champions: clap: clap
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Am I reading it right... Olholm/Aston missed 10th position by a mere 25 seconds.

DiLallo/Riley 36th pos.
Yep... missed 10th by 25 seconds... for 11th outright.

Guess both he and Goose will have to front up in 2014 and see who can be first Aussie to break into the top 10...?
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Old 01-19-2013, 02:36 PM   #479
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What a great rally this year! Well done to the hard charging Aussies: 14th and 15th for Rod (effectively as a privateer) and Ben. Strange and Smith in there too. Pavey clocks another solid result. And Fish: Husqvarna would be crazy not to have him aboard for another year after such a top effort: rode like a trojan for the team and allowed his top rider to salvage parts out on a stage. Like it or not, that is the role of a "domestique" and usually cements them as the master's apprentice to step up in the next year or two. Top work, blokes
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Am I reading it right... Olholm/Aston missed 10th position by a mere 25 seconds.

DiLallo/Riley 36th pos.
yeah and he gave away a certain 8th or at least 9th 0utright by being a good guy and helping another stuck auto competitor on day 12 and then got stuck himself
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