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Price falls agonisingly short of Finke double

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Monday 13th June, 2016 - 2:58pm

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Toby Price has falled on place short of pulling off a unique double in the Finke Desert race

Toby Price has falled on place short of pulling off a unique double in the Finke Desert race

Offroad legend Toby Price has fallen one place short of pulling off a unique bike/car double in the Tatts Finke Desert race.

Price valiantly sliced his way through the field to finish second in the car class behind first-time winners Glenn Owen and Mathew Ryan.

Owen and Ryan completed the return Finke to Alice Springs leg in their #30 Jimco Nissan 3500cc in 3:45.40s, just over eight minutes ahead of Price and co-driver Kyle Pfitzner (#487 Geiser Brothers Trophy Truck 6000cc).

Glenn Owen and Mathew Ryan are jubilant after taking the cars division

Glenn Owen and Mathew Ryan are jubilant after taking the cars division

Price, who came out of his 19th road position at the start, made solid progress through the final 226km, running fifth at the Mt Squires checkpoint before moving to fourth through Bundooma and Rodinga.

He then worked his way into third past Deep Well before slotting into second behind the eventual winners.

West Australians Beau Robinson and Stephen Ketteridge-Hall in the #413 Geiser Brothers Trophy Truck Chev 6000cc, were third.

Price then flew back to Finke to jump aboard his Red Bull KTM 500 EXC before beating fellow KTM rider Tye Simmonds by almost three minutes with David Walsh, on another KTM, in third.

Price, who started the year with a brilliant win in the Dakar Rally in South America, has now recorded five consecutive wins in the Finke.

“I don’t know if I can do it again,” Price told the ABC of the gruelling double duty.

“That’s what we think now but maybe I will wake up in the morning and we will have a whole new aspect on it.

“It wasn’t a double but we were not too far off.”

Among the withdrawals in the car/buggy class were former winners Brad Gallard/Scott Modistach in the #454 Gesier Brothers Trophy Truck 3500cc and Shannon and Ian Rentsch in the #1 Jimco buggy Nissan 3500cc.

Gallard/Modistach suffered mechanical issues between the Mt Squires and Bundooma checkpoints.

The 2015 winners Shannon and Ian Rentsch started in seventh from Finke but failed to make the first checkpoint at Mt Squires.

 RESULT: Top 10 car/buggy

 

Pos
 

Class
 

Car
 

Sponsor/Competitor
 

Driver/Co-Driver/Navigator
 

Vehicle
 

Day 1
 

Day 2
 

Overall
1 PRO 30 GLENN OWEN GLENN OWEN VIC MATHEW RYAN NSW JIMCO 2016 NISSAN 3500cc 01:50:12 01:46:50 03:37:02
2 X2WD 487 TP87 GALLARD BRAD TOBY PRICE NSW KYLE PFITZNER GEISER BROS TROPHY T TROPHY TRUCK CHEV 6000cc 01:51:30 01:54:09 03:45:40
3 X2WD 413 OBR BEAU ROBINSON BEAU ROBINSON WA STEPHEN KETTERIDGE-HALL GEISER BROS TROPHY TRUCK CHEV 6000cc 01:50:35 01:55:23 03:45:59
4 X2WD 410 GREG GARTNER MOTORSPORTS GREG GARTNER GREG GARTNER SA JAMIE JENNINGS FORD F150 FORD 6000cc 01:53:20 01:53:06 03:46:27
5 PRO 13 OBR TRAVIS ROBINSON TRAVIS ROBINSON WA PAUL CURRIE JIMCO OBR NISSAN 3500cc 01:56:35 01:55:56 03:52:31
6 PRO 18 BENTLEY MOTORSPORTS HAYDEN BENTLEY HAYDEN BENTLEY SA BEN CHIVELL SA RACER ENGINEERING BUGGY CADILAC 3.5TTcc 01:58:33 01:54:54 03:53:27
7 PRO 61 CHRIS WESTERN CHRIS WESTERN QLD STUART BISHOP QLD ELEMENT PRODIGY 2014 CHEVROLET 6000cc 02:01:03 01:55:00 03:56:03
8 PRO 57 AARON HABY AARON HABY SA WAYNE TABE SA ELEMENT PRODIGY CHEVY 6000cc 02:01:22 01:54:53 03:56:16
9 PRO 91 RHODES RACING – FUCHS #91 JACK RHODES JACK RHODES SA DAVID PULLINO SA JIMCO AUSSIE SPECIAL NISSAN 3500cc 01:57:20 02:05:48 04:03:09
10 PROLITE 179 KRAKKA KOLDEE RACING SAM BARNES SAM BARNES QLD GRANT BOWDEN PETER BARNES SUPERBOOT RV2 NISSAN 3500cc 02:03:56 02:01:54 04:05:50
RESULT: Top 10 bike/quads
 

Class
 

Num
 

Competitor
 

Town
 

Bike
 

Day 1
 

Day 2
 

Overall
1 2 1 PRICE, TOBY ABERGLASSLYN, NSW KTM 500 EXC 01:53:19 01:53:35 03:46:55
2 2 2 SIMMONDS, TYE BOURKE, NSW KTM 500 EXC 01:55:53 01:53:49 03:49:42
3 2 299 WALSH, DAVID ALICE SPRINGS, NT KTM 500 EXC 01:57:07 01:55:04 03:52:11
4 5 X99 STOKIE, DAYMON ALICE SPRINGS, NT HONDA CRF 450R 01:57:25 01:56:46 03:54:12
5 5 7 RALSTON, BEAU KURRI KURRI, NSW YAMAHA YZF 450 02:04:24 01:56:55 04:01:19
6 2 295 HAYES, LUKE ALICE SPRINGS, NT KTM 500 EXC 02:09:14 02:09:11 04:18:25
7 5 X85 SMITH, TODD CONDOBLIN, NSW HONDA CRF 450 02:08:38 02:10:57 04:19:35
8 5 10 COSSENS, RYAN NUMURKAH, VIC HONDA CRF 450R 02:11:54 02:09:38 04:21:32
9 5 X96 AURICHT, CALEB ALICE SPRINGS, NT HONDA CRF 450R 02:13:39 02:08:23 04:22:02
10 1 11 TRIGG, NATHAN GLENELG, SA KTM 300 EXC 02:15:30 02:11:05 04:26:36
11 4 473 SIMPSON, JACK CRANBOURNE, VIC KTM SFX 250 02:14:52 02:12:12 04:27:04
12 2 255 COLLINS, KENT MT GAMBIER, SA KTM 500 EXC 02:16:24 02:15:10 04:31:34
13 5 X79 ARMSTEAD, ROBERT ALICE SPRINGS, NT KTM 450 SXF 02:26:28 02:18:48 04:45:17
14 4 20 GROVE, MARK BACCHUS MARSH, VIC HONDA CRF 250 02:25:49 02:20:46 04:46:36
15 4 497 ANDREWS, JERAKYE ALICE SPRINGS, NT YAMAHA YZ-F 250 02:27:04 02:20:03 04:47:08
16 6 13 SLADEK, MARK PEARCEDALE, VIC HUSQVARNA FE 501 02:26:55 02:22:03 04:48:58
17 7 747 KIENHUIS, BRANDON PLENTY, VIC HUSQVARNA FC 450 02:24:56 02:25:52 04:50:49
18 7 773 GILLAM, ANDREW MINNAMURRA, NSW KTM 450 EXC 02:26:54 02:24:28 04:51:23
19 6 17 FAGGOTTER, RODNEY LONGREACH, QLD YAMAHA WRF 450 02:28:54 02:24:02 04:52:56
20 2 298 HEDERICS, TOBY GOL GOL, NSW KTM 500 EXC 02:31:55 02:21:03 04:52:58

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