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  • Snake Racing 12:05 am on 18/06/2013 Permalink
    Tags: , Alice Spings, Daniel Attard, , Emily Attard, , ,   

    Tatts Finke Desert Race – Downunder Racing words by Emily Attard 

    WORDS BY EMILY ATTARD – DOWNUNDER RACING

    There is certain calm the night before you depart for Alice Springs. Something like the calm before a storm. The transporter is on route carrying the precious cargo, the work sheds are bare and the swearing and tool throwing has come to a complete halt. Our preparation for this iconic race had begun early. Taking many long nights, numerous cups of coffee and of course coin from our pockets. For us, our schedule revolves around Finke. This event puts birthdays on hold, football games on record and is considered the annual Attard Family holiday.

    The Downunder Racing crew had all landed, having flown in from NSW and QLD spirits were high, we had worked hard and a successful weekend was the plan. However, I guess Finke had different plans in mind for us…..

    The sun rose over Prologue day as the engines started to warm. The air is crisp and the pits reek of determination/nervousness. You speak to any rider or driver and they are always more intimidated by Prologue than the Finke race itself. I guess because anything can happen and not knowing is the worst thing of all.

    The Lucas Oil Chevy was purring as she waited on the start line. If offroad racing was like Rugby, then Trophy Trucks were like your front row. The Chevy being one of them, they are chosen for their size and strength. They are bigger, stronger, heavier and their job is to move forward with power.

    When the light flashed green it was go time, driver Daniel Attard was standing on it. Leaving any fear or uncertainty in the dust behind him. The Attard brothers were on a mission. The BF Goodrich tyres storming through the dirt our opening to Finke 2013 looked promising. But that’s the thing about Finke…. It can turn your glory into dust just like that. Daniel and Navi Matt Attard had already conquered half the track when they turned into a corner and rolled a swift 2 and a half times. Just like that the heavens closed and a cloud of devastation surrounded them. The once pristine panels were now bruised, broken and the big Chevy lay on its side as the chopper stalked in the skies above. The crew grouped back in the pits with little words on what went wrong. I guess because no words could explain how you feel in those moments when you have no control and whilst disappointment lurked amongst us we still had a truck to fix for racing the next day.

    As we awoke to Race Day 1, the Sunday paper had our Prologue troubles as their front page news. Whilst the rolling motion still lingered, yesterday was history and today not only for us but all teams was a new day. A day to abandon yesterday’s problems and to chase any lost ground.

    However it was at approximately 160km in to the Finke Desert Race that bad luck striked again. The Trophy Truck flipped, already without a bonnet and suffering from yesterday’s incident, to prevent any further trauma to the Lucas Oil Chevy we would surrender there in the middle of that Aussie Outback.

    That’s racing. That’s life, you win some you lose some.

    When you enter the Tatts Finke Desert Race you should never hope to go out there and win, you should only hope to finish and anything that comes after that is a plus.

    Any off-roader will tell you we don’t do it for the money or even the bragging rights. If you did you’re in the wrong sport. We do it for those minutes of freedom behind the wheel. We follow the dirt, we out run the dust and just try to chase the dream.

    As we boarded the flight bound for home we turned our back on the small town of Alice, the cruel red dust and promised ourselves this would be the last time.

    It won’t be.

    I don’t know if it’s the whoops, that blue horizon or roaring down a track that seems to have no ending but there is something that always has you coming back. Maybe it’s for that feeling you get when you’re out in the middle of the desert. When you feel like you’re separated from reality and even if it is only for a few minutes or kilometres…you feel free.

    Checkers or Wreckers.

    [flickr]set:72157634063082522[/flickr]

    ROLLOVER FOOTAGE CLICK HERE



     
  • Snake Racing 2:34 am on 12/06/2013 Permalink
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    Downunder Racing – Lucas Oils Chevy Rollover Footage- Finke 

    What an event for the Downunder Team. The Lucas Oil Chevy driven by Daniel Attard at this year’s Tatts Finke Desert Race had a huge roll in the prologue. The boys repaired the vehicle overnight only to roll again on the way to Finke on day 1.

    You have to say they had a good go of it and put their heart and soul into it but better luck next year.

    DOWNUNDER RACING ROLLOVER FOOTAGE HERE


     
  • Snake Racing 7:05 am on 11/06/2013 Permalink
    Tags: , , Daniel Attard, , , , Lucas oil chevy, Lucas Oils, , , Trophy Truck   

    Downunder Racing- Team Attard- Lucas Oil Chevy – Driver Daniel Attard Navi Matt Attard 

    What an event for the Downunder Team. The Lucas Oil Chevy driven by Daniel Attard at this year’s Tatts Finke Desert Race had a huge roll in the prologue. The boys repaired the vehicle overnight only to roll again on the way to Finke on day 1.

    You have to say they had a good go of it and put their heart and soul into it but better luck next year.

    [flickr]set:72157634063082522[/flickr]

     
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