Grafton man shifts up a gear

CONSISTENCY and teamwork were the driving force behind Lee Palmer’s successful completion of leg seven of the Estoril-Portimao-Marrakech.

The Grafton mechanic has battled a series of hurdles across the opening week but had one of his more productive days alongside Amadeus Matzker in their Landrover Discovery.

In leg six, the pair finished 11th across the sand dunes from Errachidia to Zagora, just days after a stray stone looked to have dented their ambitions of finishing the event.

Palmer admitted a top-10 finish would suffice before the event, but his independent crew has gone better.

A seventh-place finish across yesterday’s 720km stage saw the pair advance to eighth on the overall standings in their category.

They now sit just more than six minutes ahead of the leading French Buggy Team.

Today is the final day of the rally, and while advancement in the standings is unlikely, Palmer will be buoyed by his team’s progression in this year’s event.

The final stage is a 95km loop with a 70km timed section in Marrakech.

Palmer is a veteran of eight Dakar rallies, including competing in the truck, car and bike categories.

He now works as a freelance navigator.



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