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Local ready for Finke challenge

Tuesday, 8th June, 2010

* James Madden going through some heavy sand. * James Madden going through some heavy sand.

Local off-road driver Scott Dalby will join South Australia’s state champion James Madden in the 2010 Finke Challenge. This will be Scott’s second run at the Finke, the first time being in the bike classes. James Madden and the Razorback Racing Team haven’t stopped working since returning from the first round of the Australian Championship at the ARB Pinjarra Engineering Hyden 450 at Easter. Some maintenance was needed in the engine department after the new six cylinder turbo Subaru motor was damaged in the WA race. James has had to refit his trusty 2.7L WRX engine and the team has poured over 200 hours of labour into the number 81 Proclass buggy to return it to “as new” condition for their assault on the Finke Desert Race. James has competed in the event for the past 10 years with mixed results. Last year a shredded cam belt ended the chance to better his 2008 result of 7th outright and 5th in class. This year his aim is to complete each run in under two hours. “We have been close before and with Scott’s help in the navigating duties and the refined package, I hope to finish the event in under four 4 hours total which would get us well in the top ten,” said James. “This year we will have three Pro buggies and two Pro-lites and they are all running in the top fifteen in their classes.” The race will take place this Sunday and Monday in Alice Springs. Live updates will be posted on the race’s official webpage.

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