Deep in the Dust: On the Dakar trail




Halfway there

09 January 2011 | 0:00 - By Jacob Black

Halfway into the Dakar Rally, only the Coconut Resort race duo of Geoff Olholm and Steve Riley, the BMW of Simon Pavey, and the lone remaining GHR Honda of Jacob Smith remain for Australia.

The Coconut Resort team employed their bush mechanic skills to continue on in the Dakar (Image: Jacob Black)

The Coconut Resort team employed their bush mechanic skills to continue on in the Dakar (Image: Jacob Black)

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Rentless and crazy

08 January 2011 | 0:00 - By Jacob Black

The Dakar rally has now claimed all but three of the Australians after yet another tough day of racing.

Riders follow each other on stage 6 of the Dakar rally (AAP)

Riders follow each other on stage 6 of the Dakar rally (AAP)

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Iquique Stings Aussies

07 January 2011 | 0:00 - By Jacob Black

Iquique’s infamous 2km sand dune descent into the stage finish awaited the Dakar racers and fans today.

The Dakar dunes impacted on all race competitors (Getty)

The Dakar dunes impacted on all race competitors (Getty)

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Aussies bring the laughter

06 January 2011 | 0:00 - By Jacob Black

Challenging days for all of the Aussie competitors did nothing to dampen their spirits, Warren Strange, Bruce Garland, Geoff Olholm and Steve Riley all making light of a long, 13 hour day as they spoke after stage three.

Post stage at the Daker rally (Reuters)

Post stage at the Daker rally (Reuters)

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Mountains to Climb

06 January 2011 | 0:00 - By Jacob Black

This morning broke at Juy Juy in Argentina’s north with a torrential downpour and fierce winds. Bitter cold at ground level was a bad omen for the coming climb up the Andes.

Competitors recover at the stage four bivouac (Reuters)

Competitors recover at the stage four bivouac (Reuters)

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Steady as she goes for the Aussies

05 January 2011 | 0:00 - By Jacob Black

Another rainy, muddy, slippery and accident packed day on stage two of the Dakar sees Jacob Smith on the cusp of the top 20, the Coconut Resort crew smiling, and Bruce Garland well inside the top 20 in the car bracket.

Jacob Black's Ford done and dusted following another Dakar stage (Image: Jacob Black)

Jacob Black's Ford done and dusted following another Dakar stage (Image: Jacob Black)

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A daunting prospect

02 January 2011 | 0:00 - By Jacob Black

The Dakar Rally starts today. 430 race vehicles, some 400 support and media vehicles, including around 20 aircraft will embark from the Obelisko, in the centre of Buenos Aires.

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Resort raring to go

28 December 2010 | 0:00 - By Jacob Black

Jacob Black profiles Geof Olholm and Steve Riley's Coconut Resort Car Racing Team in the second of his exclusive 2011 Dakar Rally previews.

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About this Blog

Deep in the Dust is the place to enjoy all the latest stories and interviews from Jacob Black, SBS's man on the ground in Argentina and Chile for the 2011 Dakar Rally.

Jacob Black Jacob Black is a motorsport writer and broadcaster. An accomplished feature article writer and a co-author to several books on Australia's V8 Supercars, (1K08, 1K09 and V808) Jacobs hold a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Culture in Broadcast Journalism from Murdoch University.

Inspired by his father's passion for touring car racing, Jacob developed a keen interest in all things motorsport from an early age. After traveling there in 2008, he also developed a deep affection for South America and in particular, Argentina.

Born in Perth, Western Australia, Jacob is now based in St Kilda, Victoria.

 
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