The origin of Steve Riley’s project for the 2019 Dakar probably came years back after a conversation with the late Peter Brock, a legend of Australian motorsports, winner of the Bathurst 1000 on 9 occasions. At the time, the man known as “Perfect Pete” or “the King of the Mountain” mentioned his dream was to one day do the Dakar in a Holden Ute. On the start line in Lima, Steve Riley and his co-driver and friend Trevor Hanks will be fulfilling the dream of the regretted Brock, tragically killed in a car crash in 2006. The Australians will indeed proudly take off in a Ute they entirely designed on Steve’s dairy farm. After testing the monster on Aussie soil and winning three Australasian Safaris, it’s now time for the biggest off-road rally scene in the world. The goal for Riley who already finished two Dakar rallies as a co-driver with Olholm and Di Lallo is to run his own show and take his beauty to the final podium.
S.R.: “I’d done the Dakar twice with other guys. It was their project, their show. I wanted to come back with my own team, my car, my show… So we’ll be there with a car we built ourselves and it’ll be the first time an Australian Holden is at the start of the Dakar. The goal was to show a Holden Ute on the world stage. We’ve already competed with the car in lots of races but it’ll be the first time we go overseas. The goal is finishing. It’s always about finishing. Reliability and speed shouldn’t be an issue. We just have to deal with power with the restrictor that was added to the car. Seeing a Holden at the finish would mean so much and a way to fulfil Peter Brock’s dream.” T.H.: “To do the Dakar was a dream we had with Steve as kids. Originally we had planned to come to the Dakar in one or two years but because the Chinese leg of the Silk Way Rally was cancelled and because we were ready, we decided to go for it this year. We’ll give it our best in the T1 class because we have a competitive car but the goal is to finish.”
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