John Hederics (NSW) and Kees Weel (Qld) in the Holden Colorado have finished a comfortable one hour 24 minutes ahead of their nearest rivals to take victory on the 2012 Australian Safari.
Hederics holds the record for most Australasian Safari wins, taking six out of seven on a moto and four out of seven in an auto. It is Weel’s second win as a navigator and the fourth win for the car.
Hederics was relieved, happy and glad to be back.
“I had to rush back for the footy today to watch Sydney! We held the lead for three days and had it to lose. Driving conservatively is sometimes harder than going fast.
“I’ve been on loads of Safaris as a competitor and as support, this is by far the best course. The difference in terrain and the variances have been really good. The organisation is good and there are experienced guys running the show and they know what’s required.”
Second place for West Australians Rob Herridge and Sam Hill was a huge achievement. Competing in the Production Class, their Subaru Forester had very few modifications and they managed to out-perform many more modified machines.
Herridge was over the moon, and was looking forward to enjoying the result now that the event is finished.
“I’m feeling pumped. We’ve been trying not to celebrate for three days because it’s not over ‘til it’s over. It went well beyond our expectations, not only did we win a few stages, we came second outright. It’s a testament to Subaru cars. We’re wrapped.
Veteran off-road racers of more than 40 years, Victorians Reg Owen and Russel Cairns, placed third in the autos, a well-deserved position after competing in an impressive 15 Australasian Safaris.
Reg said it felt great. “We had to work for it. We were pushing quite hard today but 122 (Park/Newbon) made the bigger mistake. They were pushing as well. This event has been tops. They have got it 100 percent right. The tracks were great, they were marked well and it has made a big difference.”
The finale of the eight-day Australasian Safari was a beach dash along the Indian Ocean from Kalbarri to Geraldton in Western Australia.
After around 3500 competitive kilometres over eight gruelling days 92 of the 115 starters managed to cross the finish line in Geraldton.