Locals ride 2016 Finke Desert Race

Four Cobar Auto Club members made the long trip to Alice Springs to compete against 410 starters at the 2016 Tatts Finke Desert Race.

The Tatts Finke Desert Race is an off road, multi-terrain two-day race for bikes, cars, buggies and quads through desert country from Alice Springs to the small Aputula community, a distance of 226km each way.

There were 410 starters for the bike classes this year with only 329 bikes finishing both days of racing.

Greg Prisk completed the prologue event in 72nd position, and managed to improve his position on day one of the race finishing 67th with a time of 2min, 52.46sec.

Day two saw Prisk just outside the top 100 with a time of 3.01.05, giving him a total time of five hours and 53 minutes to finish 83rd overall.

Prisk reported he is “very happy” with the result, beating his 2014 time by almost 10 minutes.

The result saw Prisk finish 32nd out of 97 competitors in Class 5 (251—450cc).

After finishing in 244th in the prologue, Raymond White managed a time of 3.19.10 on day one to finish 181st, an impressive result after riding around 150km with a flat tyre and finishing the day on a bare rim.

After a better day two effort he finished 135th, giving him an overall time of 6.25.35 to finish 154th overall.

White was 17th in his Class 4 250cc division (out of 31 competitors).

Both riders were assisted by their support driver Sam Kershaw to do some minor repairs after day one due to the rough terrain.

Unfortunately the other two local riders, Steven Colling and Javed Colling were unable to compete in the main event after Steven was injured in a fall in the prologue and Javed damaged his bike during practice.