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The Centralian advocate Tue 9 Jun 2009



The Centralian advocate Tue 9 Jun 2009


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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 63 no. 5

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Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, June 9, 2009 27 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 9 -J U N -2 0 0 9 P A G E : 2 7 C O L O R : C M Y K WEATHER WATCH Statistics for the Month of June Average daily max temp: 19.8 deg Average daily min temp: 4deg Record highest temp: 31.6deg Record lowest temp: -6 deg Average monthly rainfall: 14.4mm Highest monthly rainfall: 101.2mm Rainfall this month: 1.4mm Total rainfall last month: 21.2mm Total rainfall this year: 26.6mm Total rainfall last year: 251.8mm Sunrise: 7.12am Sunset: 5.55pm Outlook issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for Tuesday: Fine and sunny. Cool with light to moderate southeast winds. Forecast: Tue 9: 17 (3) Wed 10: 17 (2) Thur 11: 18 (2) Fri 12: 20 (3) SPORT Wayne and Steven Sandersons car came in contact with trees during the Finke Desert Race. Picture: JUSTIN BRIERTY Trees no match for Sandersons FINKE DESERT RACE Dan Moss T H E w i n n e r o f t h e naturally-aspirated prolite buggy class was naturally decorated in the last 10km of the Finke Desert Race. Father and son team Wayne and Steven Sander son threw their more powerful Jimco buggy into a corner and overshot on the way out wiping out shrubbery. As they pulled past the finish line with a branch as medal of honour, they scored first place in the prolite class of the Finke Desert Race. This was Waynes last Finke as driver, as he is swapping with his navigator and son Steven. He said: Its the first time Ive had a vehicle with this capability going through the whoops. Then a corner comes up and you cant wash off speed fast enough and you go through the shrubbery. He said he was chasing the 404 car of Kuhn and Brebner when he literally stood the car on its nose after a fast corner. He said: Theyre (the cars) are very forgiving, but we nearly went right over. It would have been good to pick up another outright place but in the end we thought wed better finish or we will end up with nothing. Sanderson then went to remove the branch and leaves stuck in his car. Branfords bad luck in race FINKE DESERT RACE Dan Moss A DISAPPOINTED rider was left to tell his team how the Finke Desert Race was lost on Sunday after his bike engine blew up. Ryan Branford did not finish the race when the engine on his Honda came apart at 150kmh. He said: Its in a few pieces now, all covered in oil and dirt. Well pull the bike down and see what happened and whether we can change (the setup), or whether it was just the fine line of what we were doing. I think we had the fastest bike on the track. He said the motor had split the casing, blowing oil through the front and bottom sort of like opening a can of baby food. Branford wasnt injured in the mechanical failure, but it was his first in his seven years racing to Finke that he hasnt finished. He broke down on the way to Finke on Sunday when crossing the 100km mark. He said: I didnt get to make it to the sections where Im quicker than Ben (Grabham), which is unfortunate. The most disappointing thing about whats happened is that weve spent six months and endless hours working on the bike. My mechanic, Stephen Greenfield, has spent many hours away from his family working on my bike and my dad has spent a lot of time pre-running the track with me. Its more of a let down for me letting them down. For me its just a part of racing. Branford will compete at Murray Bridge this month. Auricht staying positive FINKE DESERT RACE Dan Moss ALICE Springs hopeful Caleb Auricht missed out on the winners podium yesterday when disaster struck his Honda. But he remained upbeat about the good times he recorded on the way to Finke and over the 70km he competed on the way back. He said: When I broke down I had two or three minutes on Brad (Williscroft) so I knew that Id made quite a bit of time on the way back. Auricht started a minute ahead of Williscroft on the second day of the Finke Desert Race in second position after recording a personal best time of two hours, four minutes and four seconds. He said his bike lost power and rolled to a stop around the 70km mark 5km short of his fuel stop and team. Im not bitter at all ... weve just got to find out what happened. The engine turns over, it just didnt fire. Auricht will compete in the four-hour Hattah desert race near Mildura in Victoria next month and was looking forward to it. He said: Im fit and well and were going to fix the bike. I know in my heart that I would have held second but at the end of the day thats racing. He said he would compete in Finke again next year and wouldnt change anything. He said of his team mate that took the honour of first Alice Springs resident in the bikes, Michael Walsh: I take my hat off to him, it was a gruelling race and if you can do a good time well so be it. Im really happy for him because hes my team mate. Walsh the best local FINKE DESERT RACE Dan Moss ALICE Springs best rider in the Finke Desert Race was Michael Walsh, who finished fifth overall. Honda team-mates Caleb Auricht and Ryan Branford were out with engine failures after being favourites for the podium. Walsh was the first Centralian over the line after he saw Auricht on the side of the track as he passed by. He said: I felt pretty bad for him as I passed by, but what can you do? He was pretty happy to make fifth with an overall time of four hours 17 minutes and 12 seconds in the 450cc class. He said as soon as he left Alice Springs he felt good to finish in the top order. He said straight after start ing he wanted to push it. But the going was tough and coming back Walsh ran into trouble. He said: I got a flat (front) tyre coming into Bundooma and had to ride back into town with it. It was pretty rough, but its rough every year. He said he had been training since March and didnt practise as much as I should. He admits the fifth place might not get him much credibility around town, but it might give me a bit of credit with the sponsors next year. He said he would definitely be back next year. Victorian Michael Sladek and South Australian Chad Billett stood between Walsh and a podium finish.