Update: Aussies in the Dakar Rally
- 17th January 2013, 7:49am
The crew had a tough time on Stage Nine after needing to replace a turbo charger and got into the bivouac last night (Argentine time) with just hours to spare before they were due to start Stage 10. They had several hours’ sleep while the dedicated Isuzu Motorsports team went over their 2012 Isuzu D-MAX with a fine tooth comb.
All was going well until halfway through last night’s stage (Argentine time) when the electrical gremlins struck and shut down the D-MAX. With assistance allowed from their service truck (also competing in the event), and a true Aussie never-say-die attitude, Garland and Suzuki limped through the stage until they got to the bivouac early this evening (Australian time).
The service crew called on advice from Isuzu Japan and are now [as this is written] working to fix the problem with the electrical system while the driver and co-driver get as much rest as they can.
At this stage it’s not known what time Garland and Suzuki are due to start the next stage. We will update you as soon as we know. The two-week-long event ends in Santiago, Chile, this weekend.
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