Finke Desert Race


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Admission Prices
Children 15 and Under Free

All Weekend Pass – $65
Entry to All Venues During Race Weekend

Finke Street Party & Night Markets - Free Entry
Scrutineering - $20
Prologue - $15
Race Day 1 - $10
Race Day 2 - $10
Presentation Night - $20


Finke Mixers – 5pm
Wednesday 5th June – The Juicy Rump
Lasseters is the centre of entertainment and the pinnacle of hospitality this Finke long weekend. Kick off the Finke calendar with dinner at the Juicy Rump, enjoy live music and meet the Finke Ambassadors ahead of your action-packed weekend.

Finke Street Party & Night Markets – 5pm to 9pm
Thursday 6th June – Todd Mall and Council Lawns
The Finke Street Party & Night Markets is THE kick-off party for Race Weekend! This FREE, family friendly community event is an opportunity for motorsport fans to meet up before a BIG weekend of racing, provide an opportunity for Alice Springs residents who are not able to engage with the race over race weekend to feel the buzz of the event in a festival atmosphere and for ALL Race Fans to kick start their Finke festivities! The night will feature a multitude of market stalls hosted by the Alice Springs Town Council, food and drink vendors, kids activities, meet and greet opportunities with competitors, merchandise for sale and so much more.

Scrutineering - 4pm to 9pm
Friday 7th June – Start/Finish Line Complex, South Stuart Highway
Come along to the biggest and most colourful night across Finke weekend, Scrutineering. Get up close to each of the 500+ race vehicles from event-winning motorcycles to the biggest and baddest Trophy Trucks in the southern hemisphere. Meet your favourite competitors and previous Finke winners as they have their competition vehicles scrutineered for the race ahead. A huge range of food and drinks are available, from the traditional Finke winter staple the steak sandwich all the way through to the always popular pizza slice. The Finke Bar will be open, official merchandise available and the big screen rolling all night with interviews, exciting content and more.

Prologue – Cars from 8am, Bikes from 12 Noon
Saturday 8th June – Start/Finish Line Complex, South Stuart Highway
Watch competitors race against the clock to determine their starting position for the race to Finke on Race Day 1. The day kicks off at 8am with the car competitors first to take on the 8.3km prologue track. Bike competitors begin at 12 noon with the top 30 placegetters from the previous year taking the track first.

Race Day 1 – Cars Depart 7.30am, Bikes Depart 12 noon
Sunday 9th June – Start/Finish Line Complex, South Stuart Highway
And they’re off! Competitors begin the two day race to Finke and back with the car section off first, followed by the bikes.

Cars start from 7.30am with the first twenty vehicles (as determined by prologue) starting one at a time at one minute intervals. Vehicles in positions 21 to 76 will then start one at a time at 30 second intervals. The remainder of the field will start two at a time at thirty second intervals. The first car is expected to arrive in Finke at approximately 9.20am.

Bikes will depart from 12 noon with the fastest 20 bikes (as determined by prologue) starting in rows of two bikes, at one-minute intervals. The remainder of the field will start in rows of five bikes at 30 second intervals. The first bike is expected to arrive in Finke at approximately 1.40pm.

Competitors camp in the Aputula Community (Finke) campground overnight ahead of racing back to Alice Springs the following day.

Race Day 2 – Cars Depart 7.15am, Bikes Depart 12 noon
Monday 10th June - Start/Finish Line Complex, South Stuart Highway
After an overnight camp in Aputula Community, competitors make their way back to the Finke Checkpoint Start Line to race back to Alice Springs.

The car section is first off the line from 7.15am. Competitors start in the order as determined by corrected time from Race Day 1. Corrected time is the overall time a competitor took to get from Alice Springs to Finke. Competitors who finish within the first twenty minutes of the leader will start on corrected time. The remainder of the field will start one at a time at one minute intervals.

Bikes will leave Finke from 12 noon on corrected time as calculated from day one. Bikes with a corrected time of greater than 20 minutes behind the leader of Race Day 1 will start up to ten at a time, one minute apart, in order of their corrected positions.

Track podium presentation for both the car and bikes takes place approximately 20 minutes after the third place competitor crosses the line.

Presentation – 6pm to 11am (Awards from 8pm)
Monday 10th June – Lasseters
Presentation Night...the night to tell stories, kick off the racing boots and congratulate those who made it ‘There & Back’

Competitors who complete the event, will have the opportunity to receive their ‘Survivor Spike’ in the foyer of the Alice Springs Convention Centre between 5:30pm-9pm from our team of Official Finke Ambassadors. Each finisher will have their photo taken to commemorate the occasion, along with the Spike Presentation being beamed LIVE online via the Finke Live Stream - for Family at home to see their loved ones moment of fame! Awarding of outright and class winners will commence at 8pm in the main room. The organisers still strongly encourage all competitors to stick around and enjoy the opportunity to reminisce on another epic weekend of racing in the heart of Australia.

Head next door to The Juicy Rump to continue the celebrations once the official presentations are all done.

Official Merchandise

Location: Alice Plaza Shopping Centre
Monday 5th June to Wednesday 7th June 11am to 6pm

Location: Alice Plaza Shopping Centre
Thursday 8th June 4pm to 9pm

Location: Start/Finish Line Complex
Friday 9th June - 4pm to 9pm
Saturday 10th June - 9am to 4pm
Sunday 11th June - 7:30am to 3pm
Monday 12th June - 8:30am to 4pm