Bentley hangs on for Finke victory

Hayden Bentley

Hayden Bentley

South Australian Hayden Bentley has limped his Racer Buggy Cadilac to victory in the 2013 Tatts Finke Desert Race.

Bentley had opened a commanding lead on Sunday’s run from Alice Springs to Finke, and saw his position strengthened when second-placed man Beau Robinson rolled into retirement 20km into Monday’s return leg.

Bentley began to slow just 60km from the finish however thanks to a deteriorating rear axle.

The issue saw him drop three minutes on his 1 hour 49 minutes and 48 seconds Sunday effort, but it would prove enough for victory regardless.

Shannon Rentsch took second in his Nissan-powered Jimco Buggy, less than four minutes adrift of Bentley.

Mark Burrows completed the podium in another Jimco-Nissan.

The moto division also fell to the overnight leader, with Todd Smith doing enough to hold out brother and second-placed man Jacob.

Todd Smith proved 50 seconds faster than his brother on the run from Finke to Alice Springs to secure the win, ensuring Honda would broke KTM’s four-year stranglehold on the event.

Rounding out the podium finishers was Yamaha rider Joshua Green.

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