Australasian Safari 2009

Australasian Safari 2009

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Leg 4. Coolgardie to Norseman

Norseman will host the Safari Village, all the competitors and support staff for the end of Leg 4 and 5. Norseman is at the end of the infamous Nullarbor crossing for travelers heading west. It’s the gateway to the west! The small town was discovered in July 1894 by Lawrence Sinclair and his horse “Norseman” for which he named the area.
The big news today is that defending champion Jacob Smith went down down hard in SS9. SS8 was the first section the riders completed after leaving Coolgardie and Jacob came through there 2nd, 46 seconds behind current overall leader Ben Grabham. Midway into SS9 he came un glued from his machine and was rendered assistance by the next group of riders.
Again, the heli team were fast on the scene and had Jacob transported off to the Kalgoorlie Regional Hospital.
As I type this the riders are collecting at their time in point at the Norseman oval for 20 minutes of servicing before heading out to compete in SS10 this after noon.

Overall Ben Grabham leads, after Selective Section 8 with a total time of 13.17.58 from Jacob Smith (out) 13.24.26 and then brother Todd Smith 13.27.57.
I have been asked for more pictures of Annie Seel so here she is leaving one of the checks today.

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