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Annual enduro chance for Rainbow

TOUGH GOING: Glenn and Courtney Wilkinson churn through the mud during a drama-filled Rainbow Desert Enduro. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

TOUGH GOING: Glenn and Courtney Wilkinson churn through the mud during a drama-filled Rainbow Desert Enduro. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

PHOTOS |Rainbow Desert Enduro

Australian Off Road Racing Championships might become an annual fixture on a Wimmera-Mallee regional events calendar after a successful Rainbow Desert Enduro.
Confederation of Australian Motor Sport officials, who attended the off-road racing action at the weekend, confirmed with event organisers they would explore options for a multi-year agreement.
Spokesman Brett Price, from Victorian Off Road Racing Association, said he was ‘stoked’ at how the inaugural event had panned out and was encouraged by positive feedback. “Everyone seems happy and that means we are too,” he said.
“Importantly, we had good feedback from CAMS officials who, in moving forward, are talking about a multi-year agreement.
“From our perspective that would be the next step forward for us.
“It would give us stability and motivation to continually commit to the event, financially and with manpower.
“Nature threw just about everything at as at the weekend, yet after 28 millimetres of rain we still managed to run a good event and get results.”
The Rainbow Desert Enduro, scheduled as the final round of the national championships after events in Queensland and the Northern Territory, attracted almost 60 entries from across Australia. Drivers took on a sodden and variable 80-kilometre circuit as well as each other, pushing modified all-terrain vehicles to the limit.
Muddy and intense competition took their toll on the field and ultimately it was Greg Gartner and Jamie Jennings from Naracoorte in a Geiser Bros trophy truck that claimed the title.
They won by 15 minutes from Chris Browning and Chris Clarke in a prolite buggy and Justin Watt and Dave Hartwig were third in an Alumu Craft truck.
But it was Matthew Martin, whose outright fourth was good enough for him to claim the overall championship.
Mr Price said he was delighted with the community support, engagement and spirit surrounding the enduro.
He added post-event course work and debriefing were underway and preparations had already started for next year.
“From here we look up and move ahead. There will be a lot more entries next year and we have to make sure we are well organised to accommodate them,” he said.
Hindmarsh Shire Council strongly backed the event and Rainbow councillor Ron Ismay, part of the organising committee, said estimations were the event attracted about 1000 people.
“We’re absolutely over the moon. Saturday was better than Sunday and the majority of drivers loved the track and the town. I had a comment from one person who said the Rainbow pit and spectator area were better than anything else in Australia, which was a pretty big statement,” he said.
“The whole town got behind it. The pubs were packed and the community groups involved all had a great weekend. Everyone has been amazed and impressed. We even had Member for Lowan Emma Kealy go for a drive in one of the vehicles.”

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