One dead, two injured in Finke Desert Race crash

Image Credits: Finke Desert Race

A man in his 60s has died, with two more seriously injured after a vehicle lost control and hit a group of spectators in Australia’s Finke Desert Race.

The race is one of Australia’s most prestigious off-road events, along with Rally Australia and the Targa events, with many internationals coming to race from Alice Springs to Aputula each year.

Sadly, this year’s event has been marred with tragedy in what has been a bad year for Australian motorsport. A man in his 60s has died after a car lost control and hit a group of spectators 35km away from the start/finish line. A male in his 50s and the female navigator were also injured in the crash, with both said to be in a stable condition in Alice Springs hospital.

Meanwhile, two motorcycle riders were airlifted to Adelaide hospital yesterday for injuries in a separate accident. Motorsport Australia has confirmed they will investigate the incidents after releasing a statement this afternoon.

“Motorsport Australia is saddened to hear of today’s tragic news from the Finke Desert Race in Alice Springs.”

“NT Police have now confirmed a spectator has passed away following an incident which occurred approximately 35km from the finish line on Monday morning. Motorsport Australia extends its sympathies to the families, friends, and all those impacted by today’s events.”

“Together with event organizers, Motorsport Australia will begin its own investigation into the incident and will of course assist all relevant authorities with their respective investigations.”

It is the fourth rally fatality in recent months, after two separate crashes killed three people in the Targa Tasmania earlier this year.

ASN extends its condolences to all involved in today’s incident.

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