One of his sponsors and former Albury resident Brett ‘Crusher’ Murray from Speedcafe.com says it was a phenomenal feat.
“It was quite an amazing achievement, to finish his first race, it was spectacular,” Brett told Kylie & Kev.
“His whole goal was to finish it, and he’s done it – at his age 51, 52 – he woke up three or four years ago and though he’d like to do the Dakar rally which at 48 years of age is not something you aspire to every day.
“His whole goal was to finish it, and he’s done it – some 8000 kilometres or so through dirt, rock, sand and dunes and on top of all of that, he broke his wrist on day three which is incredible.”
Speaking to Speedcafe.com Andrew Houlihan reflected on completing the gruelling event.
“I fractured the scaphoid in my right wrist on day three after a fall, and it then became a mental and physical challenge every single day,” he explained.
“Each day I rode with intense pain and with my wrist heavily strapped.
“I ended up in 50th place which I’m very happy with, and rolling up on that finisher’s podium was something I’ll never forget. It’s an amazing feeling.”
Brett Murray is now pushing for a formal recognition for Houlihan when he returns to the border.
“I put a bit of pressure on our mayor down there Kevin Mack to give him a bit of reception when he got back – so Kev’s agreed to do that in some respect sometime soon.”
Full details of Andrew Houlihan’s efforts are detailed in his Dakar Diary on speedcafe.com.au