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The Australasian Safari, now in its third year in Western Australia, looks set for strong growth despite the times, with significant international interest set to boost numbers.

Entries are expected to flow from all continents for the event that gets underway on August 1 in Perth, and will take competitors on a grueling 4000 kilometre journey in Australia’s “Dakar of the South”.

“The event is really building momentum,” Australasian Safari event director, Justin Hunt, said.

“We’ve had a huge amount of international interest, and we expect to receive entries from Australia, the Czech Republic, South Africa, Japan and South America, as well as from the Middle East and Asia.”

Plans for the 2009 Safari are well underway, with entries now open for the August 1-8 event.

“The strong competitor response to last year’s Safari and the major overseas coverage generated has resulted in great national and international interest, and it is really positive to see so many early entries for the 2009 event in already.”

The heavily discounted Early Bird entries close at 5.00pm on February 27, leaving potential competitors only a few weeks to make big savings.

The event regulations are now being finalised by the organisers, Octagon Australia, with a number of exciting new categories and classes to be announced. These will cover a broad spectrum of competitors, and will build the appeal of the 2009 event even further.

The first draft of the 2009 course has been completed, with the road directors upbeat about the proposed route. While full details on the course are yet to be announced, Hunt says that it will provide a great deal of diversity and will offer a real challenge to competitors.

“In 2009 we’ll start in metropolitan Perth, and although we aren’t yet able to release exact details of where the Safari will go, I can assure competitors that it will be an awe-inspiring experience for them.”

The 2009 Safari will take place from Saturday, August 1st until Saturday, August 8th and will travel through three of Western Australia’s tourism regions – Experience Perth, the Coral Coast and the Golden Outback.

Details on the 2009 Australasian Safari, including the Expressions Of Interest and Early Bird Entry documents, are now available from www.australasiansafari.com.au
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