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The Centralian Advocate Fri 10 Jun 2022



The Centralian Advocate Fri 10 Jun 2022


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26 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Finkes fastest female back for another win FINKE Desert Races reigning fastest female Danielle Foot is back for her sixth year and gearing up for another win. Ms Foot will race a 250 TE Husqvarna as well as navigating with her Dad in the sideby-side turbo. Ms Foot said she was well prepared and ready for another win. Last year I won the 250 2stroke, class 3, she said. With everything that happened in the fatality, which was unfortunate, we didnt feel like we finished it. It wasnt exactly how we planned so were back here again trying to get the class 3 win hand in hand with the fastest female award. A hard worker year round, Ms Foot is an avid racer and excited to be on the road with her Dad in the side-by-side turbo. Ms Foot said emotions were running high this year around. It will be pretty crazy if we pull this off because it has been almost a logistic nightmare to work everything out, she said. There is so much going on, we usually only do a week up here every year and we managed to squeeze everything in a week. There have been some very long days but the relief of crossing the finish line will be very high and there will be a lot of emotions going through. Ms Foot along with other racers will have to deal with dramatic changes that will be introduced to the event this year. As a part of the massive changes introduced to this years Finke Desert Race, there will be spectator exclusion zones and a ban on trackside camping among other safety measures. These measures come following the serious crash at last years event which left one man dead and several others injured. Tatts Finke Desert Race president Antony Yoffa said a committee had decided on the changes after the fatal crash and following meetings with race organisers and MotorSport Australia. Spectators have been barred from areas of the track this year that are considered dangerous and it is recommended spectators remain at least 20m back from the track across the entirety of its length. After the fatality, student paramedics will be sent by Charles Darwin University to provide emergency medical support to riders and spectators under the supervision of qualified paramedics as well. The move also comes as CDU is set to launch its Bachelor of Paramedicine course for students in Alice Springs. Danielle Foot is back at Finke trying to get the class 3 win hand in hand with the fastest female award. Picture: Daniel Sumpton Daniel Sumpton Scrutineering Night Friday, June 10 NN Spectators can get up close and personal with the riders, drivers and their incredible machinery as competitors have their vehicles and clothing checked. NN The event is from 4pm to 9pm. NN Food and drink will be available. Admission is $20 and free for kids under 16. NN The scrutineering is held at the start/finish line along the South Stuart Hwy. Prologue Track Saturday, June 11 NN Competitors will race against the clock to determine their starting positions for the race. NN Food and drinks are available from 11am, with cars taking off from 8am and bikes at noon at the South Stuart Hwy. NN Admission is $15 and free for kids under 16. Race Day 1 Sunday, June 12 NN The race begins at the South Stuart Hwy. Cars start from 7.30am and bikes depart at 11.45am, with the quad classes to follow. NN The first car is expected to arrive in Finke at 9.20am and the first bike at 1.40pm. NN Competitors camp in the Aputula Community (Finke) campgrounds overnight before heading back to Alice Springs. NN Food and drinks are available from the Finke Bar, open from 11am. NN Admission is $10 and free for kids under 16. Race Day 2 Monday, June 13 NN Cars depart at 7.15am and bikes at 11.45am. NN The winning car is expect huge race program ed to cross the finish line around 9am and the bike at 1.40pm. NN Track podium presentations take place after the third-place competitors arrive. NN Food and drinks are available from the Finke Bar, open from 11am. NN Admission is $10 and free for kids under 16. Presentation Night Monday, June 13 NN Competitors who complete the event can receive their Survivor Spike at the Alice Springs Convention Centre between 5.30pm and 9pm. NN Awarding of outright and class winners begins from 8pm in the main room, with the event livestreamed via the Finke Live Stream. NN Tickets cost $20 and it is free for competitors and their crew.