2022 Pooncarie Desert Dash: Taylor secures first ever AORC win

Ryan Taylor has won the 2022 Coomealla Memorial Club & Bendigo Bank Pooncarie Desert Dash, his first ever win at national level.
Taylor now leads the BFGoodrich Motorsport Australia Off Road Championship standings, with previous leader Josh Howells unable to finish the New South Wales event putting a dent in his Championship hopes.

“No words can describe the feeling we’ve got right now,” Taylor said. “Just elated and all the hard word that goes into coming to these events, we’ve been doing this for years and to finally get one under the belt is awesome.”
Taylor and navigator Kye Floyd edged out Shane and Zane Elphinstone by 40 seconds, with fellow pro-buggy driver Matt Hanson and navigator Nigel Pendlebury rounding out the Pooncarie podium.

“This is perfect actually,” Elphinstone said. “Pretty good run from what we’ve done, so it’s good. It takes me a little while to get into a groove and when you have a couple hundred kilometres under your belt. It’s just easier.”

Matt Hanson was able to enjoy his first race finish since Loveday 400 in 2019. “It’s good to get seat time, good to get a finish and ending up third, it’s been a good weekend,” Hanson said.

In the KINCROME SXS Motorsport Australia Championship, Lachlan Bailey put in a stellar performance to claim the SXS win on debut.  “Definitely wasn’t expecting to win,Bailey said. “I think we got a bit lucky, but that’s racing I suppose.”

Sitting alongside Roydn Bailey, the Baileys edged out Greg Campbell, with Nic Hicks in the final podium placing ahead of Justin Rider. Hicks was leading for much of Sunday until drama struck late in the lap.

It was a tough Sunday for many competitors, with plenty of attrition across all field and classes.

Ultimately, those who could power through the chaos went on to secure all important Championship points and put in a solid preparation for Finke.

Brent Smoothy and Rheece Burgess won the Extreme 2WD class, with Beau Robinson and Shane Hutt among those to battle through Sunday’s three laps.

Mel and Melissa Brandle were quick all weekend, taking out the pro-lite class win over Ally Howells and Sarah Corrigan.

In the Sportslite class, James Tyrrell secured the class win – finishing 17th overall.

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Photos: Gears and Wheels Photography

2022 Pooncarie Desert Dash: Record Numbers confirmed for Pooncarie

The BFGoodrich Motorsport Australia Off Road Championship (AORC) will welcome a record field for this weekend’s Coomealla Club and Bendigo Bank Pooncarie Desert Dash.
It’s been a long time since the region has hosted a round of the AORC and to mark the occasion, a huge entry list of 75 crews from around the country will be attending the Championship’s newest inclusion.
While there is a record number of crews entered, the talent is just as impressive with a majority of the country’s biggest stars locked in to fight it out on a course that many would have never run before – making it an even playing field.
Leading the charge is Josh Howells and the current championship leader will have his work cut out for him with many other top contenders entered – the most notable being Shannon Rentsch, Beau Robinson and Greg Gartner.
Of the current AORC top 10, nine crews will be in attendance with the second placed Ryan Taylor, Jake Swinglehurst, Ally Howells, Matt Huxley and Brett Comiskey, all of whom will be looking to continue on their solid starts to the season.
The biggest class of the weekend belongs to the SXS Pro class, which forms part of the KINCROME SXS Motorsport Australia Championship, with 25 crews to line up for Prologue on Saturday morning.
Headlining that collection of crews will be current leader and veteran of the sport, Phil Lovett, while round one attendees Greg Campbell, Simon Evans and Glen Akroyd will be the New South Welshman’s biggest threats – as well as the returning Jeff McNiven who will be looking to get his 2022 campaign underway on a high.

Click here to view the finalised entry list.

Ahead of the second round of the season, Motorsport Australia Director of Motor Sport & Commercial Operations Michael Smith was just as impressed with the entry list.

BEAU ROBINSON WILL BE LOOKING TO FINISH HIS FIRST EVENT FOR THE 2022 CAMPAIGN,

“The fact that Pooncarie will have a field in excess of 70 crews just goes to show how strong of a position the AORC is in right now,” Smith said. "Being the newest event on the calendar, as well as being so close to Finke might have meant some crews may have decided to miss this round, but to have a record field full of top contenders is fantastic.
A big thank you must go out to all the crews for continuing their support for the championship, while the Sunraysia Motorsport Club has done a good job in pulling the event together.
It’s going to be a fantastic event and I am sure the whole Australian off road community is looking forward to it.”

Sunraysia Motorsport Club President Peter Freckleton was equally as thrilled with the amount of crews entered in the round.

“We’re really happy with the entry list and it’s one of the best the event has ever had,” Freckleton said. "It’s an exciting time for the town of Pooncarie because they haven’t had a race meeting of this size since around 2006 and the fact that there is such a big entry list adds to the excitement.
We have a whole new team putting this event together on a new purpose built track and we’re expecting quite a big turnout of spectators as well which is nice, so we’re all really looking forward to it.
We couldn’t have asked for anything better especially with the calibre of competitors that are coming this weekend. I just hope they all enjoy the racing and the event itself.”

The Coomealla Memorial Club and Bendigo Bank Pooncarie Desert Dash takes place in Pooncarie on 6-8 May.

Highlights from the show will be screened on 7plus and 7mate following the event, with in depth coverage during the event on AORC’s social media channels and website.

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Photo: Terry Hill Photography

AORC 2022: Big names signed up early for Pooncarie

With less than a month to go until the Coomealla Club and Bendigo Bank Pooncarie Desert Dash, the entry list is starting to take shape as a number of high-profile crews have locked in their spots.
Headlining the list of crews already entered in the second round of the BFGoodrich Motorsport Australia Off Road Championship (AORC) is Cobb & Co Hotel St George 399 runner-up Ryan Taylor.
Fresh from his maiden podium in the AORC, Taylor will be looking to make it back-to-back top three finishes and continue the momentum from the season opener.
Another driver looking to replicate their success from Queensland will be Mat Huxley – the New South Welshman having produced a magnificent second and third section to earn a top 10 finish.


Like many, this year will be the first time Huxley has competed at Pooncarie, which should make it a highly even playing field amongst the crews. With one strong finish already under his belt, Huxley was looking forward to attending the event and believed that there was one part of the event that would make the biggest difference.

“We did well in St George and we’re excited for Pooncarie because it’s round two of the championship and we’re ready for another crack,” Huxley said. “We would love another top 10, so if we can finish anywhere there, I will be rapt – it’s definitely our aim. I think it’s going to be interesting and a new challenge because I have heard nothing about it and I have never been there. I have only seen a bit of YouTube footage and that’s it. I know the president of the organising club quite well. He has been telling me to come for a while, so now I’m looking forward to finally going. I’m really keen for back-to-back events. Looking at the regulations, I think we’ll be taking a similar approach to St George because Pooncarie is also a long track and I like a long tracks because it gives you time to get into a groove. One of the most important things of the round will definitely be reconnaissance because there will be a lot of crews in a similar boat to us, where it will be the first proper look at the track, so we’ll be making sure we are taking everything in.”

While the likes of Huxley and Taylor will be entering the round full of confidence, there are also those big names already entered who will be hoping to improve on a tough start to the year.

Heavy hitters Matt Hanson, Greg Gartner and Beau Robinson all had forgettable weekends with Hanson out after the top 10 shootout, while the two Trophy Truck pilots were on track for podiums before mechanical failures ruined their chances.

In addition to those at St George will be those making their first appearances for the year with the most notable being West Australian Shane Elphinstone and 2021 Kalgoorlie Desert Race winner Nick Hicks.

Entries for the round will remain open until Friday 29 April, while crews wanting to take advantage of early bird entry price have until Monday 18 April to enter.

The Coomealla Club and Bendigo Bank Pooncarie Desert Dash takes place in Pooncarie on 6-8 May.

 

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2022 Pooncarie Desert Dash: Entries for Pooncarie officialy open

Entries for the second round of the 2022 BFGoodrich Motorsport Australia Off Road Championship (AORC) season are now open.

Held over the first weekend of May, the Coomealla Memorial Club and Bendigo Bank Pooncarie Desert Dash will see crews tackle more than 400 kilometres across the weekend.

The event will see crews arrive for Scrutineering and reconnaissance on Friday 5 March before the official action begins on the morning of Saturday 6 May with Prologue.

Following on from Prologue, where crews will take on the 10km short course to secure a strong starting spot, the event’s first section will run in the afternoon with one lap of the 100km course.

Participating crews will then complete the event’s remaining 300 kilometres during the three-lap second section on Sunday, with the leading crew to start at 9am local time.

In order to help crews complete the challenging 300km final day, crews will have to take a compulsory 45 minute service break before starting their final lap of the day.

Hosted by the Sunraysia Motor Sport Club, interested AORC and KINCROME SXS Motorsport Australia Championship crews have until 5pm on Friday 29 April to enter.

Entries received before Monday 18 April will be able to take advantage of the Early Bird fee, while those submitting their entry after the date will have to pay the full fee.

Like many Motorsport Australia events, crews will now have to complete their own Scrutineering Form, which can be downloaded here.

The 2022 Coomealla Memorial Club and Bendigo Bank Pooncarie Desert Dash takes place in Pooncarie on 6-8 May.

More information can be found here: https://www.aorc.com.au/

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Local Legends Sunraysia Safari Rally 2022: Entries are open for the 2022 Local Legends Sunraysia Safari

From the race director

Hi Everyone,

Well it's been a long time coming, but finally entries for the 2022 Local Legends Sunraysia Safari are now open! Like so many businesses we've been decimated by the Covid 19 restrictions and border closures that forced the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 events. But it's time to bounce back, and nothing will put us back on the road to recovery better than a full field of entries, and a fantastic rally!

Supplementary Regulations and Entry forms are now available on our website (www.sunraysiasafari.com.au) on the "Event Documents" page. Given we already have many entries carried over from last year, and the level of interest has been huge, we're anticipating a full field, probably even oversubscribed. So I'd urge you to get your entries in ASAP if you want to be part of this epic adventure that's been 3 years in the making! Entries are accepted in order of receipt of completed entry forms, and payment of the entry fee. If we reach our maximum capacity, we'll create a standby list.

You'll notice in the Supp Regs that we've created several new classes to encourage classic Safari vehicles to get out and compete again, and a Regularity Class in the Auto Division for those who want to experience what it's like, without having a fully prepared Rally car. The Regularity class will require a minimum number of entries to allow it to run, but we've already had significant interest, so we hope that translates into confirmed entrants!

We've worked really to stay afloat for the past couple of years, and to keep the Local Legends Sunraysia Safari ticking along. We're very excited about what we've put together for this year, and we can't wait to see you in Wentworth on September 5! As always, an event like this requires Competitors, Officials, and Corporate Partners, so hopefully you can fit into one of these categories, or maybe more!

So get onto the website, download the relevant documents, and get on board for the 2022 Local Legends Sunraysia Safari!

Regards,

Troy

AORC 2022: Howells makes it consecutive St. Gorge 399 victories

Josh Howells and Eric Hume have made it two consecutive 2022 Cobb & Co Hotel St George 399 victories in a row after another dominant performance behind the wheel.

After building a solid lead in yesterday’s opening section, Howells continued his incredible pace in Sunday’s opening section of two laps to extend the gap over Ryan Taylor and Kye Floyd to more than two minutes.

The New South Welshman then capped off a clean sweep of section wins with the fastest time in the one-lap finale as he beat Taylor to the line and claimed victory.

Howells’ victory sees him join nine-time BFGoodrich Motorsport Australia Championship (AORC) winner Shannon Rentsch as the only two-time winner of the Queensland event.

Although he did come away with a dominant win, it wasn’t drama free as Howells had multiple issues to deal with throughout the race.

“Back to back victories sounds good – I didn’t expect it but it feels good,” Howells said. "We had little hiccups along the way and that is always a thing, but we were able to get over them and move forward and we were lucky enough to keep the pace when we did have issues. Even though kept our cool and pushed through, I have to give a massive shout out to my team who gave me a car that made it possible to race at the pace I needed to race. It was unreal.”

Rounding out the podium behind Howells and Taylor was Rentsch and his navigator Ian Rentsch – with the duo enjoying a successful return to the AORC having last raced at the Tatts Finke Desert Race in 2019.

st gorge podium 2022 w 2

 

While they did secure their first podium since winning the 2019 St George 399, the Rentsch had a difficult battle with Greg Gartner and Jamie Jennings having motor issues just 20 kilometres from the finish line.

Gartner and Rentsch had enjoyed an entertaining battle for much of the race, with Gartner leading by seven seconds at the final interval, however Rentsch passed the broken down trophy truck on the final lap to make it an all-pro buggy podium.

Finishing in fourth place after another impressive weekend in St George was Michael Spokes and Brad Rogan – the duo also capping off victory in Prolite class.

Rounding out the top five with one of the best recoveries for the weekend was Jake and Kate Swinglehurst after they recovered from a lowly 39th in qualifying to finish fifth overall – the duo unable to close down Spokes.

Ally Howells produced one of her best performances alongside new navigator Sarah Corrigan – finishing the event in her highest ever AORC position – seventh, while a strong final section from Matt Huxley and Tobi Turnbull saw them replace Phil Lovett and Luke Stanley in eighth place overall.

Lovett wouldn’t have been too disheartened though with the experienced campaigner leaving St George with the KINCOME SXS Motorsport Australia Championship victory.

Having led the class after the first two sections, Lovett went conservative for the final lap and did what he had to do to hold off the fast charging Greg Campbell, who topped the SXS timesheets in the final section and finished 10th outright.

Splitting the SXS crews was another driver who pulled off a major comeback in Sunday’s action in Brett Comiskey.

Sitting alongside Corey Cooper, Comiskey produced three brilliant laps on the final day to steer his trophy truck to ninth place overall and the Extreme 2WD class win as the only truck in an outright top 10 full of buggies.

Other notable class results saw Sportslite driver David Mendham finish 14th, John Wisse and Chris Collins won the SXS Sport class while Geoff Pickering continued his hunt to a 15th Production 4WD title finishing 30th overall.

Click here to view results from the 2022 Cobb & Co Hotel St George 399.

The BFGoodrich Motorsport Australia Off Road Championship now turns to the newest inclusion on the calendar – the Pooncarie Desert Race on 6-8 May.

 

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Photos Therry Hill Photography

AORC 2022: Robinson wins St George 399 prologue

Beau Robinson has begun his 2022 BFGoodrich Motorsport Australia Off Road Championship on a high, securing top spot in Friday’s Cobb & Co Hotel St George 399 Prologue.

With all 96 crews participating in the qualifying session, the Western Australian was in fine form, producing a time of 8 minutes and 13.585 seconds on the 13-kilometre Prologue course.

The conditions played a major role in the results, however Robinson was able to navigate his way through the extremely dusty course to pick up top spot ahead of last year’s winner, Josh Howells.

Rounding out the top three was 2019 AORC runner-up, Toby Whateley, who enjoyed a strong start to life in a trophy truck after switching over from a SXS in the off season.

The Trophy Trucks seemed to be the dominant class in Prologue, with Greg Gartner finishing the session in fourth place, ahead of 2012 AORC champion Matt Hanson and the highest ranked Prolite driver and last year’s podium placer, Michael Spokes.

With the results announced at the Cobb & Co Hotel following the sessions, Robinson was thrilled to claim top spot.

Probably the most impressive result for Prologue came in the KINCROME SXS Motorsport Australia Off Road Championship and SXS Pro Class with teenager Josh Weidman the quickest of the SXS cars and seventh overall.

Adding to the impressive of Weidman’s P7 in Prologue was the fact that the youngest driver in the field finished ahead of nine-time AORC Champion Shannon Rentsch, who made his first appearance since the 2019 Tatts Finke Desert Race.

Rounding out the top 10 was Ryan Taylor in ninth place and another Prolite buggy pilot in Mel Brandle the last to make the top 10 shootout

All 10 crews will be in action early on Saturday morning with the top 10 shootout to decide the starting order for section one, which begins at 10am local time.

CLICK HERE FOR RESULTS

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AORC 2022: St George set to sizzle in AORC opener

 With the sun shining over the rural Queensland town of St George, a perfect weekend looms for the BFGoodrich Motorsport Australia Off Road Championship (AORC) season opener.

A bumper entry list of 96 crews are entered in this weekend’s Cobb & Co Hotel St George 399 which once again sees Australia’s best off road teams congregating in South East Queensland for what should be a busy weekend.

With the last official round of the AORC in June last year, the Tatts Finke Desert Race, it has given crews plenty of time to prepare themselves for a huge year. Some used the opportunity to switch classes, while others took the chance to upgrade or fine tune their cars.

Many of the regular faces that fans have grown accustomed to are entered in the event with the likes of Josh Howells, Beau Robinson and Greg Gartner likely to be up there contending for the top honours once again.

Although they will be fancying their chances after some big efforts in 2021, including Howells winning last year’s St George 399, the return of nine-time AORC champion Shannon Rentsch will be one of the biggest inclusions this season.

Rentsch has spent the past two years developing a new vehicle and will be revealing it this weekend at the same event he won his last AORC round back in 2019.

That same car he steered the 2019 St George 399 has changed hands multiple times since the Victorian sold it, making its way to Queensland ace Brett Comiskey before arriving with its current owner in Jake Swinglehurst.

Swinglehurst has enjoyed plenty of recent success in the a SXS Buggy, but took the chance to purchase the same Jimco that Rentsch claimed multiple national titles with in the hopes of maybe experiencing success of his own – despite having no expectations.

“It’s going to be really exciting and I am lucky enough to get a start at St George, which will be great because I think this particular car has good fortune there,” Swinglehurst said. “Of course, I have to go in with a bit of confidence due to the calibre of car beneath me, but I am not putting any expectation on this year as there is still a lot of work to be done and we’re still a bit behind the likes of Josh Howells. 

Like Swinglehurst, there are a number of individuals making their first national appearance in different class, including 2018 runner-up Toby Whateley.

Although a number of the SXS old guard has moved to more powerful units, the class remains the most popular of the lot with 36 crews entered.

While most of these crews are returning from the AORC, the addition of the KINCROME SXS Motorsport Australia Championship to the AORC means a variety of new faces will enter the fold this weekend – most notably reigning champion Stephen Henry.

Although Henry is one of many debutants this weekend, other familiar names are joining the AORC for the first time, including Australian circuit star and previous Bathurst 1000 winner Warren Luff .

Luff will be behind the wheel of Walkinshaw Performance’s VW W580X Amarok in the Production 4WD class and the Queenslander was excited for the new chapter in his life.

“This is going to be a big learning year for both the team and myself. Obviously, the Walkinshaw name is synonymous with circuit racing both in Australia and in Europe, but this is a new challenge for all of us but one we are looking forward to,” Luff said. “For me it’s a whole new style of driving, competition and discipline to be competitive. So, I’m looking forward to learning what it takes to have success off road.”

 

More informations, entry list and results are available here. 

 

Source: Australia Off Road Championship
Photo: Terry Hill Photography

Finke Desert Race 2022: 100 days to go and at full capacity for the 2022 Tatts Finke Desert Race

 With 100 days to go, 2022 Tatts Finke Desert Race marked a major milestone seeing 165 car competitors filling up the entry list yesterday.

This year’s event will see the introduction of a level of driver competency after entry changes were announced in December 2021. Drivers will need to have competed in past Finke Desert Races or, have either completed a minimum of two AORC rounds within the last 24 months, scored outright AORC points in a round of the previous season or meet 100 points on a checklist.
Tatts Finke Race Desert Race President Antony Yoffa said the 46th running of the event over 452kms is set to be one of the most competitive yet.

"It's fantastic to once again see interest peak in the car category with all 165 spots quickly filling up on Tuesday ahead of the race in June. With last years event impacted by COVID restrictions on some interstate competitors, this year will see an unrestricted car field in Round 3 of the expanded Australian Off Road Championship. We are delighted to welcome back eight of our past nine King of the Desert's, including Toby Price who will be looking to go back-to-back in the cars but will face stiff competition from six-time winner Shannon Rentsch, who returns to Finke after a threeyear hiatus, " said Mr Yoffa.

Kings of the Desert whose entry is confirmed include six-time bike winner and 2021 Car, King of the Desert Toby Price, six-time winner Shannon Rentsch (2005, 2006, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018) five-time winners David Fellows (2001, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010) and Mark Burrows (1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003), Hayden Bentley (2007 and 2013), Greg Gartner (2011), Glenn Owen (2016) and Brad Gallard (2012).

Entries will be accepted and if necessary, placed onto the waitlist until Sunday 24 April, 2022.
The 2022 Tatts Finke Desert Race will be held in Alice Springs on the Queen’s Birthday weekend from 10-13 June, 2022.

 

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Tatts Finke Desert Race 2022: Bike Entries filling ahead of the 2022 Tatts Finke Desert Race

The countdown is on to the 46th running of the iconic Tatts Finke Desert Race with 600 bike entries filled in the first two hours of opening.
This year’s event will see the introduction of a level of rider competency after entry changes were announced in December 2021. Riders will need to have competed in past Finke Desert Races or, have previously raced a Motorcycling Australia sanctioned event. This requirement needs to be met by the close of entries.

Tatts Finke Race Desert Race President Antony Yoffa said the competition field is more exciting than ever this year.
We have seen our event grow in recent times and it’s great to see so many experienced competitors signed up for this year’s event to take on the 452km course,” Mr Yoffa said. “We thank competitors for their patience; our team are progressively processing competitors’ entries. As soon as they meet all requirements, competitors will have their race number confirmed and will receive confirmation of their entry. “It’s fantastic to welcome back a number of our past King of the Desert’s, highlighted by David Walsh who is looking to take out the threepeat - this year’s event is shaping up to be one of the toughest competitor fields to date.”
Other notable bike entries include four-time winner Ben Grabham (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011), and 1999 and 2002 King of the Desert Rick Hall. The 2022 event has also attracted 2022 Dakar stage winner Daniel Sanders to compete in his first Tatts Finke Desert Race.
Entries will be accepted and if necessary, placed onto the waitlist until Sunday 24 April, 2022.
Car entries will open Tuesday 1 March, 2022.
The 2022 Tatts Finke Desert Race will be held in Alice Springs on the Queen’s Birthday weekend from 10-13 June, 2022.

 

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2022 Tatts Finke Desert Race Entry Dates and Details Confirmed 

The organisers of the Australia’s ultimate desert race today announced the competitor entry open dates and criteria for the 2022 Tatts Finke Desert Race. 
One of the biggest off road races in the world will see competitors in both the bike and car categories compete in the two day 226km off road event from 13-16 June 2022. 
Entries will open for Bike competitors on Tuesday 1 February, 2022 and Car entries open on Tuesday 1 March, 2022. 
 
With the reputation of being one of the most difficult off-road courses in the world, from next year, a minimum competitor driving and riding standard will be introduced to enhance the safety for all involved in the event. 
In consultation with event sanctioning partners Motorsport Australia and Motorcycling Australia, event organisers have agreed to implement entry criteria for individuals to compete in the 2022 Tatts Finke Desert Race and beyond. 
In another change to the 2022 event, entries will no longer be open to quad bikes due to time limitations of the race format and requirements to keep bikes and quads separate. 
 
In the bike category, where prospective competitors haven’t competed in Finke before, they will need to have competed in another international, national or state level type of competition to satisfy organisers of their capability. A self-declaration will be made as part of the entry process.  
In the car category crews must provide evidence they have race experience, having either competed at previous BFGoodrich Motorsport Australia Off Road Championship (AORC) rounds within the last 24 months, scored outright AORC points during the previous season or meet 100 points from a special points checklist – similar to an identity points system. 
 
Outside of the above criteria, competitors can also apply for special dispensation, which will be determined on a case-by-case basis.  All eligible competitors will be issued a special valid licence for the event. 
Finke Desert Race President, Antony Yoffa believes the implementation of such criteria is important for the future of the race. 
“We have seen our event grow in recent times and it has come to the point where it’s important to introduce an assessment for competitors,” Yoffa said.  “With much larger fields of competitors and a course that is increasingly more challenging, it is no longer viable for us to simply offer a starting place to whomever applies.   It’s about making sure someone new to the event has a particular level of experience and confidence.”   
 
Motorsport Australia Director of Motorsport & Commercial Operations Michael Smith is highly supportive of the Finke Desert Race and the implementation of the entry criteria.  
“Finke is undoubtedly the biggest off road event in this country and collectively we need to keep making improvements, to make sure there is a high standard of competition taking part every year,” Smith said.  “Every time a competitor races in Finke, they are putting themselves through a very rigorous event and you want to have every bit of confidence in the ability of those racing with and against you, so everyone can compete fairly and safely.  Motorcycling Australia CEO Peter Doyle said they were pleased to see the new entry criteria implemented for 2022 and beyond.  “The safety of competitors and all involved at motorsport events around the country is extremely important to Motorcycling Australia and we want competitors to have confidence in themselves and those around them, that they are race prepared.” 
 
The 2022 Tatts Finke Desert Race takes place between Alice Springs and Finke on 9-13 June, 2022.   
 
Summary of entry criteria: 
 
BIKE CATEGORY 
Online Registration will include a tick box where competitors will tick which of the following criteria they meet through self-declaration. 
Audit of declarations made by competitors will be conducted by Finke Desert Race Inc in conjunction with Motorcycling Australia. 
• Entrant must hold Senior National Motorcycling Australia licence as at the close of entries, and a minimum of one of the below; 
• Currently compete in national off-road (AORC) or Motocross; (ProMX) 
• Have recently completed other major official off-road events, example Hattah, Sunraysia, Condo 750 etc. 
• Have competed in an internationally recognized rally (FIM World Rally, Dakar) ; 
• Currently compete in other MA-recognised events such as state/territory off-road race series etc. 
 
Finke first timers will need to declare this through their Online Registration.  These competitors will have additional requirements to meet by the close of entries. 
This policy will enviably mean no competitor should enter Finke without history of competing in other MA or FIM permitted events. 
Motorcycling Australia rule 4.2.6.1 requires no two machines of a different category may compete in any Event. Due to time limitations of the race format and requirements to keep bikes and quads separate, entries will not be open to quad bikes for the 2022 Tatts Finke Desert Race. 
 
CARS CATEGORY -Tatts Finke Desert Race special licence criteria*   
(Competitors must have done at least ONE**)  
• Completed a minimum of two AORC rounds within the last 24 months. OR  • Have scored AORC outright points in a round of the previous season OR  • Must meet 100 points from items in the points checklist.  
a) 50 points, per Finke event competed at in the last five years.  
b) 25 points, per AORC event competed at in the last five years.  
c) 10 points, holding a current off road licence for more than three years; or  
d) 5 points, holding a current off road licence for less than three years.  
   
*Motorsport Australia reserves the right to exercise their discretion in offering an ‘Off Road Special’ licence to suitable competitors.  
 
**Notwithstanding the Recommendation, participation may be permitted on a case-bycase basis where the individuals satisfy Motorsport Australia having demonstrated a high level of vehicle control and course awareness at two local Motorsport Australia Off Road events in the past three years.  

2021 Local Legends Sunraysia Safari cancellation

FROM THE EVENT DIRECTOR:

Hi Everyone,

After the disappointment of last year’s Covid impact on the Local Legends Sunraysia Safari, this is a message I hoped I would never have to write ever again. Let alone two years in a row!!

As you will all be aware, the Covid 19 situation in NSW has escalated, and continues somewhat out of control. The NSW Government announced last week the extension of the current lockdown conditions in parts of NSW until at least the end of August (our sources are indicating it will be far longer than that). Those lockdowns, coupled with increasing border closures and restrictions mean that it is now no longer possible to conduct the 2021 Local Legends Sunraysia Safari, and as such I have made the difficult and painful decision to cancel the event.

It is simply not possible to get competitors, officials, medical and media teams, as well as everyone else we need to stage the rally, to and from the Wentworth region in a safe and viable manner. I’m currently not even able to get back to our NSW property to commence setting up the event without being locked out of my home in Victoria. It is not reasonable, or practical, to expect that everyone is able to quarantine for 14 days upon returning from the rally, and that’s dependent on your home state letting you back in!

But beyond all that, I have a responsibility to the local communities and landowners that have supported the Local Legends Sunraysia Safari since it began, and continue to be part of the reason that we can conduct the event so successfully today. We saw recently the impact of one Covid 19 case inadvertently being brought back to Mildura, and I am not prepared to risk anyone involved in the rally bringing the virus into any of our communities, even innocently. 

The Local Legends Sunraysia Safari is a massive event, and a logistical jigsaw puzzle like no other! Unfortunately it is not possible to reschedule all of the “moving parts” to another date this year; apart from all of the competitors, officials, support crews, medical, media etc. that we need at the rally, it would be a massive inconvenience to our local communities, land owners, and their ongoing farming activities. They generously plan their farm operations around us accessing their properties in the second week of September, and it is not possible to alter those plans.

We’re devastated in having to make this decision, and whilst it’s difficult personally and financially, it really is beyond our control, so rather than wallow around being all doom and gloom, we’ve already set our sights towards 2022. The Local Legends Sunraysia Safari will be conducted in the Wentworth region from September 7-10, 2022, and it will be the best bloody rally anyone has ever seen! After all, how many events can boast 3 years of planning!! We are going to run a stand alone event for conventional PRC/Historic type Rally Cars in conjunction with the “main” Safari, and we’re looking at all sorts of ways we can make the 2022 Local Legends Safari even bigger and better.

I’d like to take the opportunity to personally thank all of you that have supported us, in particular the landowners and local communities that have really embraced the Sunraysia Safari since Day One. All of our sponsors, officials, and competitors have been unwavering, and the messages I’ve received from so many of you over the past few days have really provided a huge morale boost. As I keep saying, it’s not the end of the World, just a cancelled rally, and we all know how many sporting events have fallen victim to this Covid 19 Pandemic. We’re one of the lucky ones; we’ll just dust ourselves off, regroup, and go again!

September 7-10,2022, Wentworth Region. Put it in your calendars now! The 2022 Local Legends Safari, make sure you’re there!

Sincere thanks for your ongoing support.

Regards,

Troy Bennett  , Event director

 

Source Local Legends Sunraysia Safari

 

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