Monday, September 20th, 2010 - Isuzu Motorsports
Organisers of the 2010 Australasian Safari have this morning adjusted the results of the three stages run yesterday, Day One of the event.

Bruce Garland (Isuzu D-MAX) retains second place while Craig Lowndes (Holden Colorado 5.7L V8) is now in fifth place.

While we have not been able to reach Bruce by phone, the official press release quotes him as pleased with the day’s racing yesterday, saying the D-MAX was working well and he had no major damage and was now preparing for the two marathon legs ahead.

“I will certainly back off tomorrow, so we’re set for Leg Three, after the maximum 30-minute service tomorrow night.

“It’s one thing to drive fast, but you also have to be capable of driving slower to get through the two-day marathon.”

Yesterday’s 356km of competitive stages (579kms in total) from Southern Cross north-east to Leonora provided a score of challenges including anthills, large sections of badly rutted dirt, salt lakes and a crossing of the Trans Australian Railway.

Today the crews will cover 483.37km in total (returning to Leonora tonight) of which 422.76km is competitive. The real challenge, however, comes tonight. Today is an official ‘Marathon Day’ which means the service crews cannot touch the cars when racing is finished for the day. All work must be completed – and in just 30 minutes – by driver and navigator, using only the tools and spares they have with them in the vehicle, which is why Garland plans to back off today to avoid the risk of damage.

(PLEASE REFER TO EARLIER RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ISUZU MOTORSPORTS AND THE EVENT)

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