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by Matt Brogan

Aussie crew Bruce Garland and co-driver Harry Suzuki have risen to 19th place following the sixth stage of the 2009 Dakar.

The team have jumped 32 spots in the five stages since Monday and have, despite yesterday’s three minute penalty, continued to realise Garland’s lifelong dream of competing in the event. Garland added that should the modified Isuzu D-Max continue to perform well that there is no reason they cannot better their position in the race.

“The ceremonial start was beyond belief,” said Bruce. “The news here was reporting around a million people in Buenos Aires to see us, but even if that’s exaggerated, half a million wouldn’t be. It was incredible.”

The field of 157 vehicles sees Garland’s Isuzu as the only representation of the brand in the top 33 cars with a time of 31:31.41

Al Attiyah (from Qatar) and co-driver Thorner (Sweden) lead the race in their BMW with a time of 20:59.34.




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