Ever wanted to take on the likes of Craig Lowndes and Dakar veteran Bruce Garland?  Here’s your chance.  A new Production Class in the 2011 Australasian Safari allows standard vehicles to compete with the necessary modifications to race.

Production class entries will race alongside Safari veterans and young bloods alike in the existing CAMS and FIA classes from 22 to 30 September in the remote Western Australian outback, home to the event for the past five years.

Event Director Justin Hunt said the new class was not an outright speed class but more a Safari survival class.

“The Production Class won’t be about speed.  A safe and sensible drive in the event is likely to win the class and winners will receive full champagne honours at the ceremonial finish, plus it will also receive individual televised coverage.”

Expressions of Interest for the Australasian Safari, Western Australia’s answer to the well-known Dakar event, are already open and a Pre Event Guide is available for interested entrants at www.australasiansafari.com.au.

A number of big-name Australian and international competitors in auto, moto and quad categories have already signed up to take on the rough and tumble goldfields and desert terrain.

Seasoned competitors agree the Safari gets tougher each year and that’s a bit call as it reaches its 26th year.  The course for 2011 is currently being finalised and promises more navigation, endurance and mental challenges.  For most, the goal is just to make it through to the end.

The Western Australia Government supports the Australasian Safari through Eventscorp, a division of Tourism WA.

The final date for close of entries is Friday 12 August.  Details on the course are being finalised and will be announced closer to the event.

For more information on the event and to find out how to enter, visit www.australasiansafari.com.au or follow the updates on Facebook and Twitter at @austsafari.
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