Australasian Safari

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Australasian Safari
Australian Safari rally logo.jpg
Category Off Road Rally
Country Western Australia, Australia
Inaugural event 1985
Folded 2014
Official Website Australasian Safari

The Australasian Safari was an off-road motor sport racing event held in Australia. Like the Dakar Rally, the vehicle classes involved were motorcycles and cars, however there were no truck class. From 2008, a quad class was introduced. The event was first run in 1985 and has been held under the International Sporting Code of FIM and the General Competition Rules of Motorcycling Australia since 1999.[1][2]

The event was originally known as the Wynn's Safari and was first run in 1985. It was usually held around the end of August, in the Australian winter, and covered approximately 5500 kilometres, mostly through the Outback in just over a week.[3]

The event grew in size and scope for the first few years. In 1988, Australia's Bicentennial year, the event was tagged "The Big One" and was expanded to cover 10,000 km in 15 days, with a start in Alice Springs and traveling across the Tanami Desert, through the Kimberley region into Darwin, across the Gulf Country of far northwest Queensland and an eventual finish in Sydney. Out of 196 starting vehicles, only 96 finished the race.[4] The event changed its name in 1989 to the Australian Safari and to the Australasian Safari in 2008. Since 2007 the event was hosted in Western Australia.

Between 1994 and 1997 the event was included in the FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup.

Results[edit]

Year Auto - Winner Moto - Winner Quad - Winner Ref
1985 Andrew Cowan Mitsubishi Pajero Steve Chapman Honda XR 600 -
1986 Andrew Cowan Mitsubishi Pajero Allan Cunnynghame Yamaha XT 600 -
1987 Doug Stewart Mitsubishi Pajero Steve Chapman Honda XR 600 -
1988 Ross Dunkerton Mitsubishi Pajero Michael Goddard Honda NXR 650 -
1989 David Officer Mitsubishi Triton Steve Chapman Honda XR 600 -
1990 Kenjiro Shinozuka Mitsubishi Pajero John Hederics Honda XR 600 -
1991 David Officer Mitsubishi Triton John Hederics Honda XR 600 -
1992 Reg Owen Nissan Patrol John Hederics Honda XR 600 -
1993 Ian Swan Nissan Patrol Michael Goddard Kawasaki KLX 650R -
1994 Jean-Pierre Fontenay Mitsubishi Pajero John Hederics Honda XR 600 -
1995 Doug Manwaring Nissan Patrol John Hederics Honda XR 600 -
1996 Bruce Garland Holden Jackaroo John Hederics Honda XR 600 -
1997 Mikhail Naryshkin Mitsubishi Pajero Andy Haydon KTM 640 LC4 -
1998 Cancelled -
1999 Bruce Garland Holden Jackaroo Stephen Greenfield Honda XR 600 -
2000 Bruce Garland Holden Jackaroo Andy Caldecott KTM 660 - [5]
2001 Bruce Garland Holden Jackaroo Andy Caldecott KTM 660 - [5]
2002 Bruce Garland Holden Jackaroo Andy Caldecott KTM 660 - [5]
2003 John Hederics Nissan Patrol Andy Caldecott KTM 660 - [5]
2004 John Hederics Holden Rodeo J Cunningham Honda XR 650 -
2005 Cancelled - [6]
2006 Cancelled -
2007 Hederics/Williams Holden Rodeo Grabham Honda CRF 450X - [7]
2008 Riley/Doble Mitsubishi Pajero Grabham Honda CRF 450X John Maragozidis Polaris Outlaw IRS [8]
2009 Riley/Doble Mitsubishi Pajero Jacob Smith Honda CRF 450X Josef Machacek Yamaha Raptor [9]
2010 Craig Lowndes/Kees Weel Holden Rodeo Ben Grabham KTM 530 EXC Paul Smith Honda TRX700XX [10]
2011 Riley/Doble Mitsubishi Pajero Todd Smith Honda CRF 450X John Maragozidis MMR Interceptor 850 [11]
2012 Hederics/Weel Holden Colorado Jake Smith Honda CRF 450X Paul Smith Honda TRX700XX [12]
2013 Trigg/Olholm Toyota Hilux Rodney Faggotter Yamaha WR450F Heath Young KTM 690 Rally [13]
2014 McShane/Hayes Toyota Tacoma Rodney Faggotter Yamaha WR450F John Maragozidis MMR Interceptor 850 [14]

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