Australasian Safari – Day 7

Firstly I must apologise for the late report from the final day. We just had other important things to do after the finish…….partying!!!

Today saw the final stages of the Australasian Safari take in the amazing sand dunes and beautiful beaches around Esperance.

Ben Grabham makes it a trifecta of Safari firsts.

Bathurst’s Ben Grabham made it a trifecta for himself and the CPW Safari /SP Tools/KTM Racing Team when he took out first place the moto division today.

Grabham was in the lead in all but one Leg this week, finishing convincingly today an overall 17 minutes ahead of the next fastest Todd Smith.

“It was a fun way to finish, riding across the sand dunes and the beach, although getting through the sand was a bit tough.

“After all the hard work, it’s a big relief it’s over not just for me but also for the mechanics and the whole team.

Todd Smith completed a gritty performance placing second despite nursing a shoulder injury sustained on the first day of competition and having his brother Jacob out of the event with a broken ankle.

“It’s been a pretty rough week, but I just don’t like to give up on things.  You finish what you start.”

“It will take me about a month to recover, but now I’m now looking forward to having a party – otherwise known as Leg 8!”

Bike manufacturer KTM was also a winner today, with third fastest finisher Matt Fish completing the trio of moto placings.

“I didn’t finish last year and it’s my fourth attempt at a podium finish, and I’m finally there.

“I had a great day today and the beach finish topped it off.”

Proof of the difficulty of Safari is the number of competitors who manage to reach it to the finish.

The event commenced with 112 vehicles on the Prologue Day and only 64 vehicles finished today, a 40 per cent attrition rate.

Over seven days, the event has traversed Western Australia, starting on the coast in Perth, travelling east through the wheatbelt to the historic goldfields, then south to the beautiful beaches of Esperance.

An official podium finish on the town’s foreshore saw each of the remaining competitors cheered back into town, celebrating the fact they had finished this gruelling event.

Chris and Drew from RJ Media.


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~ by Jamie Nicolaou on September 27, 2010.

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