The 2017 Finke Desert Rally featured 138 entrants in the Car and Buggy division. WA was well represented and, like plenty of others racers, many entrants had DNFs. Those West Aussies who did finish had the following overall results:
Of the 19 starters in the Extreme 2WD division (highly modified)
1st OBR BEAU ROBINSON (WA)/SHANE HUTT (NSW) – Geiser Bros Trophy Truck Chev 6000cc.
Of the 23 starters in the Superlite A division
2nd SLA – Harrop’s BRYCE WASHINGTON (Vic)/GARRY CONNELL – Yamaha YXZ1000 990cc.
9th SLA – Terry Haulage Racing’s DEAN TERRY/JORDON TERRY – Polaris RZR 990cc.
Of the 24 starters in the Pro Buggy division
7th Undecided Racing’s DARREN AGRELA/STEWART ALLEN – Jimco 2000 Series Nissan VQ35 twin turbo 3500cc.
10th CCR Racing’s TROY SCHOEN/CHRISTOPHER HARPER – SS RaceTech Pro Hustler Chev 6000cc.
(In an earlier post, I named Troy’s co-driver at Finke as DEB SCHOEN. It wasn’t. My bad).
11th Elphinstone Racing’s SHANE ELPHINSTONE/CURT ELPHINSTONE – Hole4shot HS01 Chev 6000cc.
Bikes and Quads
Of the 557 Bikes and Quads who started this remarkable race, 448 riders finished the iconic Finke – an extraordinary achievement.
Outright winner was the NT’s DAYMON STOKIE (above centre) on his Yamaha WR500F. Image: ABC NEWS.
Karratha’s NATHAN BELL finished 12th outright on his Class 2 KTM 500 EXC, as the highest placed West Australian.
Other WA finishers
31st MICHAEL MCKELLAR (Bertram) – Class 2 KTM 500 EXC
43rd CODY UPTON (Carnarvon) – Class 5 Honda CRF450R
49th MATT LETTEY (Welshpool) – Class 2 KTM 500EXC
83rd LUKE KITTO (Kallaroo) – Class 5 HONDA CRF
91st BRENDAN ORLANDI (Kalgoorlie) – Class 5 Yamaha YZF 450
122nd ALLAN SAUNDERS (Esperance) – Class 8 SHERCO 450
125th NATHAN KNIGHT (Bridgewater) – Class 7 KTM EXC
133rd STEWART WINDSOR (Stoneville) – Class 6 KTM EXC500
134th GLEN TAYLOR (South Hedland) – Class 2 Husqvarna FE501
143rd EDWARD STANLEY (West Swan) – Husaberg FE501
156th TODD VAN WINGERDEN – (Witchcliffe) Class 5 Honda CRF450R
159th LUKE THOMSON (Newman) – Class 1 KTM 300EXC
202nd KENRIC EBSARY (Perth) – Class 1 KTM 300EXC
206th JACK HOEY (Landsdale) – Class 5 KTM 450SXF
208th BEN STEVENS (Kalgoorlie) – Class 5 Honda CRF450
211th JASON FLOREY (Perth) – Class 8 Honda CR500
221st LEE CLARKE (Karratha) – Class 5 Honda CRF450RX
243rd SCOTT RISK (Newman) – Class 2 Husqvarna FE501
246th THOMAS NORTHOVER (Kingsley) – Class 5 KTM 450 EXC 03:29:19.7
247th TRAVIS LAWRENCE (Bridgetown) – Class 5 Kawasaki KX450F
259TH CODY VAN WINGERDEN (Karridale) – Class 5 Honda CRF450X
270th MARK STIBBARD (Caversham) – Class 6 KTM 300SX
313th WARREN AXEL (Hamilton Hill) – Class 7 KTM 300 EXC
315th TYSON BERNAU (Perth) – Class 2 KTM 500 EXC
323rd MATTHEW LIET (Toodyay) – Class 7 Honda CRF
329th KATHRYN SCOBLE (West Swan) – Class 4 Honda CRF 250R
343rd JOHN VAN DER SLUYS (Karratha) – Class 5 Yamaha YZ450FX
344th JOSHUA CHADWICK (Subiaco) – Class 5 Husaberg FE450
361st GRAHAM KING (Mundijong) – Class 5 KTM 350 XC
362nd BRYCE EDWARDS (Kelmscott) – Class 5 H380
385th HAYDN MOIR (Kalgoorlie) – Class 4 Honda CRF250
393rd ROB GUY (Joondalup) – Class 7 Husqvarna FE300
399th JASON SCHMICH (South Hedland) – Class 7 Honda CRF250X
400th PAUL MACARTHUR (Forrestfield) – Class 8 CAN-AM DS450MX
407th PETER GREEN (Wickham) – Class 7 KTM 500 EXC
412th BEN BARRETT (Kalgoorlie) – Class 2 KTM 500EXC
438th DAVID HANSON (Wongan Hills) – Class 5 Honda CRF450X
439th SCOTT PERRY (Willeton) – Class 7 KTM EXC
448th JONATHON DAY (Mount Pleasant) – Class 7 Husqvarna FE
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