Slightly delayed - Finke Day 2

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Having arrived home from a dinner party at 2:30am, there was no chance I was going to wake up at 3:45am to head to my mates for the soccer. And from the results I don't think I missed much. I did manage, however, to crawl out of bed at 7:30am and get down to the Finke track to see the cars come in.

The appearance of a helicopter signals that a car is on it's way in, followed by the dust cloud way out in the distance, then out from the mulga the first car appears. This year Fellows/Bergamin were first over the line, followed closely by Gallard/Modistach, taking a tree out as the spun off track on their way to the finish line. A couple of minutes later came Alice Springs boys Auricht/Connelly into third place. Well done to Rob Cowie for making it into the top 25!
Roving cameraman Nick got all the stories from the drivers soon after they came across the line. The morning flew by and before we knew it, the bikes were in. Toby Price, Todd Smith and, local Alice Springs boy Ryan Branford taking first, second and third. Well done to Scott Cleghorn for coming in the top 200!

And yes, there was a hot tub at the finish line for those weary bones. Let's hope they'd changed the water from when the drivers were in it earlier in the day.

First three photos mine. The one above was taken by Justin Brierty, NT News from here

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