2019 Media Releases

  • Rising Star Crowned Fastest Female

    19-year-old Danielle Foot (#335) has won the ‘Kay Wharton Fastest Female Category’ at the 2019 Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • David Walsh Bike King of the Desert

    Hometown hero David Walsh has sealed his first ever King of the Desert crown in an emotionally-charged victory at the 2019 Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • Rhodes/Pullino Win Kings of the Desert

    Jack Rhodes and David Pullino have completed a breakthrough win to be crowned Kings of the Desert for the first time at the 2019 Tatts Finke Desert Race, which has ended in heartbreak for favourite Toby Price.

  • Local hero David Walsh wins Day 1

    Alice Spring’s own David Walsh (#2 KTM) is one step closer to his first King of the Desert title after blitzing the bike field to arrive at Finke in 1 hour 55 minutes and 25.7 seconds on Race Day 1 of the 2019 Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • Toby Price on Track to Create History

    Red Bull racer, Toby Price (#487 Geiser Brothers Trophy Truck), has reached the Finke checkpoint the fastest on Race Day 1, as his looks to create history and become the first-ever competitor to be crowned the King of the Desert in the car category and bike category.

  • David Walsh Sets the Pace

    KTM rider, David Walsh’s first King of the Desert title is in sight after setting the fastest time during Prologue today at the 2019 Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • Toby Price Leads the Way

    Red Bull racer, Toby Price, has made the perfect start to his quest for his first ever King of the Desert title in the car category by recording the fastest time in Prologue today at the 2019 Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • 2019 Finke Hero

    Devoted Volunteer Darren White has been honoured with the Finke Hero award at the 2019 Tatts Finke Desert Race tonight.

  • Robbie Maddison

    Legendary Australian Motorbike Stunt Rider, Robbie Maddison, will descend on the 2019 Tatts Finke Desert Race on Saturday to check-out Australia’s toughest off-road race in the flesh.

  • Finke Family Thank Apatula

    The Finke Desert Race Club and Ambassadors made a special visit to the local primary school in Aputula (Finke) to kick start Race Week, ahead of Australia’s Ultimate Desert Race getting underway this weekend.

  • Road Closure Update

    The event can now continue as in previous years, with controlled traffic flow throughout the Deep Well to Finke community road closure corridor.

  • 20th Anniversary of Tatts Partnership

    Lottery company, Tatts, and the Finke Desert Race Committee will this year celebrate the 20th anniversary of Tatts’ naming-rights partnership of the Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • Road Closure Message

    In previous years, there has been some access allowed to recovery crews and campers to travel beyond the Deep Well Checkpoint heading south. This will no longer be the case.

  • Racing Towards History Making Event

    80 Days out, entry lists and interest continue to grow at an exponential rate for Australia’s Ultimate Desert Race, the Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • Site Manager Required

    Expressions of interest sought for the paid position of Site Manager at the Start/Finish Line.

  • 100 days to go ... and full capacity

    100 Days out from the commencement of Finke Festivities and the Finke Desert Race Club is primed for the largest year of the event's 44 Year History.

  • 2019 Car Supp Regs

    2019 CAMS Supplementary Regulations for cars have been finalised and are now available. See Competitors - Cars or download directly.

  • 2019 Call for Volunteers

    Expressions of Interest are now open for those who want to volunteer at the 2019 Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • 2019 CAMS Award

    The 2018 Tatts Finke Desert Race has won the CAMS Motor Sport Awards state ‘Event of the Year’.

  • Moto Expo Melbourne

    The Finke Desert Race is packing up the red sand and heading south to exhibit at the upcoming ‘Moto Expo Melbourne’ from Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th November 2018.

  • 2019 Bike Supp Regs

    2019 Bike Supplementary Regulations have been finalised and are now available. See Competitors - Bikes or download directly.

  • Australia's Ultimate Desert Race Proves Its Worth

    Enormous crowds, unusually warm weather and record breaking competitor achievements were the highlights of the 2018 Tatts Finke Desert Race.

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2018 Media Releases

  • 2018 Notice of AGM

    The Annual General Meeting for Finke Desert Race Inc 2018 will be held on Tuesday 11th December at 5.45pm for a 6pm start.

  • Inaugural Kay Wharton Fastest Female Award for 2018

    Ellyse O’Connor (#486 Yamaha YZ250F) has won the inaugural Kay Wharton Fastest Female Category at the 2018 Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • Price Crowned King of the Desert for Sixth Time

    2016 Dakar Champion Toby Price (#295 KTM 500 EXC-F) has added another Tatts Finke Desert Race title to his name, being crowned King of the Desert for the sixth time in nine years today in Alice Springs.

  • Record Sixth Finke Title For Rentsch

    Shannon and Ian Rentsch (#33 Jimco Aussie Special Nissan 3500cc) have been crowned Kings of the Desert once again, claiming a record-breaking sixth title at the 2018 Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • Price Blitzes Bikes on Day 1

    Five-time King of the Desert, Toby Price (#295 - KTM 500 EXC-F), has blitzed the bike field to arrive at Finke in 1 hour, 57 minutes and 45.6 seconds on Race Day 1 of the 2018 Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • Shannon and Ian Rentsch on Track to Defend Finke Title

    Reigning Kings of the Desert, Shannon and Ian Rentsch (#33 - Jimco Aussie Special Nissan 3500cc), have maintained top spot as the lead car into Finke for the overnight stop of Australia’s toughest off-road race, the Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • 2018 Finke Hero Revealed

    Dedicated volunteer, Simon Carr, has been announced as this year’s Finke Hero at the 2018 Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • Price on Track for Record Sixth Finke Win

    Five-time King of the Desert, Toby Price (#295 - KTM 500 EXC-F), has set the fastest lap time on the 8.3km Prologue track today putting him on course for a record-breaking sixth Tatts Finke Desert Race title.

  • Shannon Rentsch Prologues Fastest

    2017 Kings of the Desert, Shannon and Ian Rentsch (#33- Jimco Aussie Special Nissan 3500cc), have set the fasted lap in Prologue today, securing top spot in tomorrow’s starting order for the 2018 Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • Acciona 100% EcoPowered in Alice

    The Acciona 100% EcoPowered has descended on Alice Springs today ahead of its campaign as the first electric rally car to compete in the Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • Electric Rally Car for Finke

    The 2018 Tatts Finke Desert Race will see a nod to the future, with ACCIONA bringing an innovative electric rally car to Australia for the first time, showcasing how renewable energy can be competitive in the toughest of conditions.

  • 10 Days Until Race Weekend Kicks Off

    The countdown is on until the 2018 Tatts Finke Desert Race, which again features a star-studded competitor line-up at the 43rd running of the event.

  • Price Finke Double

    Five-time 'King of the Desert' Toby Price has announced he will again attempt the ‘Iron Man’ Finke Double at the 2018 Tatts Finke Desert Race, in Alice Springs, aiming to make history by winning both car and motorcycle categories.

  • Hazelwood to compete in Finke

    Russel Hazelwood, father of Supercars driver Todd, will compete in this years race on a KTM.

  • Warning: Track marking in progress

    Track marking will be taking place on the Finke track at various times and places between now and the race week. Please be aware, watch out for warning signs and take special care.

  • Kick Off Party for Race Week

    This year’s Tatts Finke Desert Race extravaganza will include a new, free and public Thursday night function, that is sure to be a hit.

  • 2018 Car Entry

    Car Supplementary Regulations are now available for 2018 Competitors. Details on how to enter the Car Division for the 2018 Event can be found below.

  • Record Numbers in Record Time

    The first race milestone has been met for this year’s Tatts Finke Desert Race, with bike entries declared full within five hours of them being open.

  • Ride High Stokie

    A message from the Finke Desert Race Club about Daymon Stokie.

  • 2017 Official DVD

    Official DVDs have finally arrived and are being mailed out to competitors and volunteers tomorrow - Tues 12 December. The 2017 DVD will be available in our online shop from tomorrow.

  • 2018 Finke Ambassadors

    After months of applications rolling in, weeks of shortlisting & interviews...and hours upon hours of deliberating.... the search for the 2018 Team of Ambassadors is now complete.

  • 2018 Bike Entry

    Bike Supplementary Regulations are now available for 2018 Competitors. Details on how to enter the Bike Division for the 2018 Event can be found below.

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