Monday, January 4th, 2010

Hyundai-sponsored Team Rally Australia has completed Stage 1 of the Dakar Rally, from Colon to Cordoba, in good time. Christophe Barriere-Varju started in 121st position and finished the stage 72nd (adjusted time).&

According to the SBS report, Christophe  was "the best of the Aussie riders on Stage 1 (motorbikes category), finishing in 72nd place, 25 minutes and 7 seconds....France's David Casteu won Stage 1 in the motorbikes category in a time of 1 hour, 50 minutes and 42 seconds. Bruce Garland and Harry Suzuki in their Isuzu D-Max diesel ute are the only Australian team in the car category, while Christophe Barriere-Varju, Rob Pollard and Garry Connell fly the Aussie flag in the motorbike category."

Stage 2 will see the competitors ride from Cordoba to La Rioja over nearly 300 kms of challenging terrain.

Christophe’s progress is being tracked by a helmet camera and filmed by film maker Simon Lee.

To communicate with Christophe during the Dakar Rally, you can send text messages limited to 200 characters at:

(Para comunicarse con Christophe durante el Rally Dakar pueden enviar mensajes de texto con un limite de 200 caracteres la informacion es esta:)

Login: dakarmess

Password: BA2010dakar

 Pic caption: Film maker Simon Lee with privateer Christophe Barriere-Varju.


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Team Rally Australia

As a Dakar Ambassador, Christophe Barriere-Varju has spent relentless hours to encourage Australians to become part of an amazing adventure, the Dakar Rally, and is the expert host SBS Television, Fox Sports and Channel 10 call upon. His Team Rally Australia is sponsored by Hyundai Australia. Christophe lives and trains at Port Stephens, NSW.

The Dakar is broadcast across 189 countries and attracts more than 300 million viewers every year.

Team Rally Australia has created a community based website so that fans and supporters can share their stories, photos, videos, blogs, and interact with Team Rally Australia in the lead up and during the event.

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The most dangerous race in the world continues its reputation as Dakar moves to stage 2.


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