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Jacob Smith challenges for Australian Safari lead

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The youngest rider in the field has climbed into podium contention on the seventh day of Australian Safari with a series of stage victories in the goldfields country of Western Australia. Jacob Smith, 18, from the New South Wales town of Condobolin, won all three stages contested in the 125km journey between Leonora and Kalgoorlie. Smith, riding a Yamaha WR450 in his debut Safari experience, leapfrogged the more experienced pair of Coogee rider Andrew Coaker on his Honda CRF 450X and Broken Hill's Adrian Channing aboard a KTM 660 Rallye. He ended the day eight minutes and 12 seconds behind race leader Ben Grabham and four minutes 27 ahead of third-placed Channing. Grabham, from Bathurst, and also riding a CRF 450X, was content to play second fiddle to the young tyro, guarding his lead by finishing second on each of the stages. The 26-year-old extended his lead overall, having started the day 6 minutes and 2 seconds clear of Coaker, who slipped back to fourth ‰ÛÏI took my time today," Grabham said. "I know I have time over Smith." ‰ÛÏIt was a lot tighter today and I had to make sure I didn‰Ûªt make any mistakes. I know I can make up the time tomorrow.‰Û

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