The Alice Springs Off Road Racing Club will welcome a host of off road crews from around the Northern Territory this weekend as it holds the annual Alice Springs Off-Road Race Club 12 Hour Enduro.
One of the most difficult events on the club’s calendar, crews will attempt to complete as many laps of the 68-kilometre course as they can by the time the 12-hour timer is up.
Outside of battling each other for ought honours, teams will have to also worry about the challenging terrain of the harsh Australian desert, with the big jumps and tight turns often causing chaos.
In previous years, this popular endurance event has seen a team made up of two cars - one with power such as an Extreme 2WD Trophy Truck or Pro Buggy and one of the smaller cars like a SXS buggy, Sportslite or a Super 1650. However, things have changed in 2021 as there is no cap on which cars can be paired with others for the event.
Adding to the spectacle will be the special financial prize on offer to the team who clocks in the fastest lap.
While the entry list is mainly made up of the club’s regular members, there will be some big names also in the mix with BFGoodrich Motorsport Australia Off Road Championship stars Rick Chambers and Brad Geraghty confirmed to compete.
As one of the latest inclusions, the two SXS Sport drivers enter the event off the back of a huge result last month – a class one-two in the Tatts Finke Desert Race.
The duo will be teamed up together for the Alice Springs Off Road Race Club’s 12 Hour race but Chambers admits it will be a tall order for them to win against some of the bigger cars.
“We are just going there for fun. They have some prize money for the fastest lap, but I don’t think we will get that – although we could have a chance for the overall win,” Chambers said.
“The rule change will definitely make this weekend different- when it’s usually one big car teamed up with one small car, it evens up the field and it’s a very close affair, but I don’t think that will happen this weekend.
“We’re up against some real tough cars and they will definitely have our measure on the straights, but it’s 12 hours and our cars are very reliable, so anything can happen.
“We got fourth a few years ago. We didn’t have too much of a plan and it’s the same now as it was then - just keep watching everything because it takes only one second to ruin your race.
“We’re very much looking forward to racing though because it’s a good local race.”
Reconnaissance and qualifying to take place on Saturday, the 12-hour Enduro runs all day Sunday, starting at 7am local time and finishing at 7pm.