The organizers of the Tatts Finke Desert Race have unveiled the opening dates and entry criteria for the 2022 edition.
The famous off-road race will cover 226 km over two days, with the total event taking place from June 10 to 13.
Registrations will be open for bikes on Tuesday February 1 and for cars on Tuesday March 1. Registrations will not be available for quads.
A minimum criterion for competitors has also been introduced in order to maximize safety during the event.
Those wishing to take on Finke on two wheels must hold an Australian Senior National Motorcycling License and have checked one of the following criteria: currently participating in a national off-road or motocross competition; recently participated in another major off-road event; have taken part in an internationally recognized rally; or currently participating in other events recognized by Motorsport Australia.
Automotive competitors must have participated in at least two AORC events within the last 24 months; or has scored straight AORC runs in an inning the previous season; or accumulated 100 points according to the criteria described.
These points can be accumulated as follows: 50 points per fink event contested in the last five years; 25 points per AORC event competed in the past five years; 10 points for holding a current off-road license for more than three years; five points for holding a current off-road license for less than three years.
Motorsport Australia reserves the right to issue a special license at its discretion.
“We have seen our event gain momentum lately and it has become important to introduce an evaluation for the competitors,” said Antony Yoffa, President of the Finke Desert Race.
“With much larger fields of competition and an increasingly difficult course, it is no longer viable for us to simply offer a starting point to whoever applies.
“It’s about making sure that someone new to the event has a particular level of experience and confidence.
Motorsport Australia director of motorsport and business operations Michael Smith echoed those sentiments.
“Finke is without a doubt the biggest off-road event in this country and collectively we need to keep making improvements, to make sure there is a high level of competition every year,” said Smith.
“Every time a competitor races at Finke he is undergoing a very rigorous event and you want to have full confidence in the ability of those who are running with and against you, so that everyone can compete fairly and in a safe way. security.
Motorcycling Australia CEO Peter Doyle added: “The safety of competitors and everyone involved in motorsport events across the country is extremely important to Motorcycling Australia and we want competitors to have confidence in them- themselves and those around them, let them be ready for the race.