|Australia 2012: Outer Bounds Racing locked and loaded for Desert Battle.|
In the middle of Australia’s desert outback, one of the most gruelling motorsport events on the planet is taking shape yet again, The Tattersall’s Finke Desert Race.
The "Finke" as it is known, is widely respected by Off-Road Racers all over the world as one of the most punishing tests of man and machine. Perth based outfit Outer Bounds Racing (OBR) will once again be ready to tackle the famed event, with no stone going unturned in the fight to be crowned the coveted "King of the Desert".
Leading the charge will be Travis Robinson and Paul Currie in the #13 Twin Turbo powered Jimco. After having failed to finish the event while leading, these past 3 years, the dynamic duo will no doubt be out to prove a point in the BFGoodrich supported rocket.
"The car is ready to go, we have been prepping it all year for this race and we are here to do well and make up for the last few year’s disappointment." commented Travis. "We have been in Alice for the last week or so, pre-running sections of the course and making sure the car and the team are comfortable with everything leading up to the event".
Beau Robinson and Ken Skinner will this year strap into the OBR team’s new Trophy Truck. The #413 Geiser Brothers built machine has been tried and tested at the Parker 425 in Arizona earlier in the year and is ready to put on a high speed show through the famous Finke whoops.
"Perhaps it is the mystique of Finke that lures us back every year or simply the key Sportie’s manje, but either way we are here to have another crack." said Beau, driver of the #413 Robcorp Trophy Truck. "We have put a lot of work into the new truck to make sure it is all sorted, hopefully this year Travis and I can both have a clean run with no problems and obviously it would be great to have one of us on the top box of the podium".
Saturday will see the team take to the Prologue course to determine their start order for race day and with the Red Centre’s dust typically playing a large factor in the iconic event, the Robinson brothers will be pulling out all the stops to ensure a starting position up the front of the grid.
Sunday’s race to Finke is followed by an overnight service stop in the remote community, before the final charge back to Alice Springs on Monday. OBR’s #1 fan, Fazey, said "Despite a few AORC competitors choosing to attend the Sealake Rally on the same weekend, the entry list is shaping up to be the most fiercely competitive group in recent history. This concentration of Australian champions and Australia’s elite off road teams will provide for intense, thrilling competition for the every one of the event’s 450 kilometers."
OBR fans can visit [ OUTERBOUNDSRACING.COM.AU ] to follow the Outer Bounds Racing Team’s progress before, during and after the race with live reports and photos coming in from the track at Finke.
2012/06/02 | 11:57 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/OBR