Rainbow Desert Enduro Day One cancelled

The first day of the Hindmarsh Shire Rainbow Desert Enduro has been cancelled after a heavy amount of rainfall on Friday night made the track unsafe for the race to continue.

The decision was made following a review from the Victorian Off Road Racing Association and all crews were alerted on early Saturday morning at the Drivers’ Briefing.

Like most, Event Secretary Marilyn Emmins was disappointed about the call, but believed it was the right one due to a number of factors.

“The track is basically impassable,” Emmins said.

“It was already a bit touch and go but that extra rain we had overnight really topped it off. We just felt the right decision was to call it today and make it a one- section event tomorrow.

“It’s a really disappointing outcome due to the amount of work that has gone in from event organisers and the town, as well as all the crews who have travelled from around the country to compete.

“It’s safety-first outlook for us and we believe that the competitors wouldn’t enjoy it. It’s the last round of the championship and they need a fair run at prologue, which is something they just would not get.

“We hope to continue tomorrow with AORC crews to complete five laps and all points will revert to just the one section.”

Sunday’s action is set to go ahead as planned with a reduced event and drivers are expected to complete the scheduled five laps.

With no prologue and top ten shoot out to take place, the starting order will be run through a seeded list, meaning Shannon Rentsch will lead crews across the muddy track.

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As the first seeded competitor, Rentsch is scheduled to start his race at 9am local time with each competitor to take off from the start line every 30 seconds.