BFGoodrich Racing dominated the 2017 Tatts Finke Desert Race with four competitors in the top five
Alice Springs, June 12, 2017 – Shannon and Ian Rentsch have emerged victorious at the end of the gruelling two day 2017 Tatts Finke Desert Race, Round 2 of the BFGoodrich CAMS Australian Off Road Championship. Rentsch claimed his fifth King of the Desert title on the weekend, equalling the five wins of off road legend Mark Burrows. Sitting second on the road after Sunday’s first 226 kilometres from Alice Springs to Finke, Rentsch charged hard through the desert on Monday’s return leg in a bid to hunt down overnight race leader and fellow BFGoodrich
Racing competitor, Travis Robinson.
He had closed the gap to within 35secs by the Rodinga checkpoint and eventually inherited the outright lead when Robinson retired the #13 OBR Jimco with power steering failure only 90km from the finish. Revelling in the clean, dust-free air, the son and father team didn’t look back on their way to overall race win in a time of 3hrs 42mins 40.9secs.
Second overall was the BFGoodrich Racing #413 OBR Geiser Bros Extreme 2wd Trophy Truck, of Beau Robinson and Shane Hutt. Qualifying fourth on Saturday, Robinson was the first Trophy Truck on the road heading south and announced his arrival into Finke with a huge leap over the final table top. Despite using every inch of his trophy truck’s suspension travel over the relentless Finke whoops, Robinson was unable to reel in the #33 twin turbo V6 Probuggy and crossed the line 3min 17 secs behind Rentsch.
Reigning AORC Champions, Jack Rhodes and Dave Pullino successfully debuted their brand new #Aus1 Rhodes Racing Jimco at Finke, to round out the all BFGoodrich podium in a time of 3hrs 50mins 56.7secs. North Queensland’s Michael Marson and Chris Colborne came home fourth, a minute ahead of the BFGoodrich equipped #3 Jaws Racing Extreme 2WD Trophy Truck of Alice Springs locals, Steven Sanderson and Tahlia O’Cass.
Like Travis Robinson, the 2016 Finke Ironman and Dakar Champ, Toby Price was another who was left stranded trackside on Mondays return leg with mechanical problems halting his assault on the desert and the potential shoot out with Trophy Truck BFGoodrich class mate Beau Robinson in the closing stages of the race. Yamaha YXZ1000R’s dominated the naturally aspirated Superlite A class, with BFGoodrich’s Dan McKenzie and Garth Hannaford narrowly missing out on third place in the UTV class. After repairing a rear control arm in Finke overnight, McKenzie muscled the YXZ through the last 3km to the finish line with steering problems. Travis Robinson continues to lead the BFGoodrich CAMS Australian Off Road Championship, ahead of Matthew Martin and Chris Browning (provisional). The third and final round of the BFGoodrich CAMS AORC now heads to Rainbow in western Victoria for the Rainbow Enduro on 4-6 August. For full race results visit: https://www.finkedesertrace.com.au/race-results