Motorcyclists carve up the Finke Desert Race

By Riverine Herald

SOME people run from danger, while others feed on the adrenaline it gives them.

Local motorsport competitors showed their love for the rush when they travelled to the Northern Territory to compete in the Finke Desert Race on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

Across a two-day period participants rode back and forth from Alice Springs to the small Aputula (Finke) community, where they faced treacherous off-road conditions including red dirt, sand and desert oaks.

Echuca’s Sam Davie was the best overall performer finishing the race in sixth place, which resulted in a fourth place finish in the 451cc and above four-stroke class.

Craig Spiers from Torrumbarry was the only local to take home their respective category after claiming the quads 40 or older competition.

Darcy Regan also earned a top 10 finish after finishing eight in the 251cc and above two-stroke category.

Class results

Up to 250cc four-stroke: 23rd: Andrew Campbell (Tongala).

251cc and above two-stroke: 8th: Darcy Regan (Tongala).

251cc up to 450cc four-stroke: 58th: Lincoln Spiers (Echuca), 63rd: Brent Cochrane (Tongala), 77th: Boyd Regan (Tongala), 87th: Adrian Van Der Sluys (Moama), 113th: Darren Kruger (Echuca), DNF: Paul Van Der Sluys (Echuca).

451cc and above four-stroke: 4th: Sam Davie (Echuca).

Masters 35-39: 28th: Jarrad James (Echuca).

Quads 40 or older: 1st: Craig Spiers (Torrumbarry).

Veterans 45 or older: 44th: Shaun Fraser (Echuca).