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Finke Desert Race, Alice Springs

There's been a death at the Finke Desert Race. What happened — and why?

There's been a death at the Finke Desert Race. What happened — and why?

14/06/2021 10:39:00 AM

There's been a death at the Finke Desert Race . What happened — and why?

The notorious off-road race this year turned tragic, with a competing vehicle veering off to the course and into nearby spectators. Here's what else we know.

Print text onlyPrintCancelThe Finke Desert Race is a two-day race through harsh desert terrain, notorious in racing circles for the challenges it throws at those who dare to compete.The event can also be dangerous to the thousands of spectators it draws each year, with news today

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a man in his 60s was killed while watching this year's event.Here's what we know about the annual desert race — and why it has a reputation as one of Australia's most challenging off-road courses.Where is the Finke Desert Race?The Finke Desert Race takes competitors through the Central Australian outback between Alice Springs and the remote community of Aputula, also known as Finke.

A map of the gruelling Finke Desert Race.(Supplied: NT Government)The dirt track is about 230 kilometres each way, and the race goes for two days as competitors drive to the community and back.It is held every year on the Queen's birthday long weekend. headtopics.com

This year it ran from Friday, June 11 to Monday, June 14.The remainder of the race was cancelled on Monday after a spectator was killed and two other people were injured.What happened?NT Police said they were alerted at about 9:40am that a competing off-road racing vehicle had struck a group of spectators near the track.

The incident took place about 35 kilometres from the start/finish line at the Alice Springs end of the track, and just a short while after.Witnesses described.Police confirmed a man in his 60s was struck by the vehicle and died at the scene.Two people in their 50s — a male spectator who was seriously injured and a female navigator with minor injuries — were flown to hospital in Alice Springs.

The vehicle which crashed into spectators was loaded onto the back of a truck to be taken away for investigation.()Can anyone enter the Finke?Registration is open to amateurs and professionals alike, but entrants have to attend scrutineering and prologue events before vehicles can hit the track.

This year, registration for the Finke — which opened in February — booked out in less than 10 minutes.These days, the race is open to entrants on both bikes and cars. Read more: ABC News »

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Too much risk, not enough safety. Ummm i think the pic answers the question.....

Emergency scene unfolding at remote Finke Desert RaceEmergency crews are responding to an incident at the Finke Desert Race in Central Australia, Northern Territory Police say. Hopefully someone takes note of all the wildlife squashed by the speeding vehicles.

Finke Desert Race bike leg cancelled after 'emergency incident' on trackOrganisers of a major offroad desert race in the Northern Territory have been forced to declare the day&x27;s racing following an emergency incident on track. Yea sad but race goes on like fkn normal. Hope all ends well.

Toby Price makes Finke Desert Race history with buggy category winMotorsport champion Toby Price makes history by becoming the first person to win both the buggy and bike categories of Australia’s toughest off-road event. Toby Price did not win in a buggy! He won in a Class 4 truck. The car classes include cars, buggies, side by sides, and single seaters.

Reported death in famous outback raceThe Finke Desert Race near Alice Springs has been thrown into chaos after a reportedly fatal incident at the racetrack, with the car section of the race and presentation night cancelled.

Toby Price makes Finke Desert Race history with buggy category winMotorsport champion Toby Price makes history by becoming the first person to win both the buggy and bike categories of Australia’s toughest off-road event. Toby Price did not win in a buggy! He won in a Class 4 truck. The car classes include cars, buggies, side by sides, and single seaters.

Emergency scene unfolding at remote Finke Desert RaceEmergency crews are responding to an incident at the Finke Desert Race in Central Australia, Northern Territory Police say. Hopefully someone takes note of all the wildlife squashed by the speeding vehicles.