Isuzu motorsports ponders next move after safari satisfaction
Members of the official Isuzu Motorsports team are pondering how they will ‘top this’ after the satisfaction of taking class win and the team award for their hard work in the 2014 Australian Safari cross-country rally.
All ‘official’ crews, plus two others being assisted by the team, completed the gruelling, seven-day, 3500km event, which started in Perth on Friday, September 19 and finished at Kalbarri, on the northwest WA coast, on Saturday (September 27).
Western Australian crew Adrian Di Lallo and Rodger ‘Roj’ Pedersen were the best placed of the official Isuzu Motorsports entries, their production-class Isuzu mu-X in fifth outright and first in class in their home state event.
Thailand’s Olan Sornsirirat and Veerachai Thorangkoon – the third team in the official ‘Isuzu trio’ – were second in class behind Di Lallo and Pedersen, and seventh outright in their D-MAX.
Team leaders Bruce Garland and Harry Suzuki took 17th outright, despite missing two full days repairing their Dakar-spec Isuzu D-MAX and being handed extra time penalties for failing to finish those days.
Aside from the strong results posted by the official Isuzu Motorsports entrants, the two other Isuzu crews being helped by the Garland/Suzuki team also came home well.