Monday, January 4th, 2010 - Australia's Isuzu Team
Australia’s Bruce Garland and Harry Suzuki and their Isuzu D-MAX ute have moved further up the field after the second full day of competition in the 2010 Dakar Rally.

Starting as Car 29 on the road, the Garland MotorSports pair finished the Sunday stage in 25th place*, while Swedish teammates Pelle Wallentheim and Olle Ohlsson started 36th and finished 28th*. The results put them in 23rd* and 29th* outright, respectively (*correct at time of writing).

In 2009, Garland and Suzuki finished 11th outright and were first ‘amateur’ (non-factory team) home. They also claimed bragging rights as first diesel ute and first production chassis car. Wallentheim and Ohlsson (Tubus Racing) finished 44th outright.

The second stage from Córdoba to La Rioja (Argentina) involved the special (competitive) stage of 355km and 332km of liaison (transport) stages at the start and end of the stage for a total of 687km travelled to the overnight stop. It’s a cattle farming town that was the birthplace of the former Argentine President, Isabel Martinez de Perón.

The special stage was delayed by 30 minutes because of bad weather conditions in the Córdoba area. The special included several of the famous sections from the World Rally Championship round in Argentina.

At the front end of the field, first day leader Joan ‘Nani’ Roma (BMW) had slipped to eighth place after rolling near the stage start. Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW), who was disqualified while leading the 2009 race, won the stage and the day, with teammate Carlos Sainz second overall, and Stéphane Peterhansel (BMW) in third.

Last year’s podium place-getters had a mixed day: defending champion Giniel de Villiers (VW) slipped from fifth to sixth while second place getter Mark Miller (VW) improved from eighth to fifth. Robby Gordon (Hummer), who was third last year, dropped from sixth to ninth.

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Australians Bruce Garland and Harry Suzuki will race in the Isuzu Team will race in the Dakar Rally, the world’s premier off-road endurance marathon, attracting 130 cars, 50 trucks and 180 bikes and quads this year. This is the 32nd year it has been run, but only the second time in South America after being switched from its traditional African base in the wake of terrorist threats in 2008.
Liz Swanton, Media Liaison – Garland MotorSports
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Report from the Australian team on the second full day of competition in the 2010 Dakar Rally.

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