Emergency crews respond to serious incident at Finke Rally

A serious incident is currently unfolding at the annual Finke Desert Race in the Northern Territory.

Emergency crews are currently on scene responding to the incident, with reports a spectator has died and two others have been injured following a crash.

Further details are not known at this stage, however, organisers of the event took to social media a short time ago to confirm the return leg of the bikes division had been cancelled.


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“Following an earlier incident, the Bike category return leg has been declared,” the statement said.

“Event organisers and emergency services are working with competitors and crews to return to Alice Springs safely.

“Bike category standing orders are as at Day 1.”

Earlier, organisers confirmed they were working with emergency crews to manage the situation.

“The event is aware of an incident approximately 35km down the track. Emergency services are on site attending to the scene,” they said.

“Motorsport Australia and event organisers are working with emergency services to put in appropriate controls to manage the scene.

“We are working with relevant authorities to follow all procedures and NT Police will provide an update in due course.”

One of the motorsport teams competing in the event took to social media on Monday afternoon, sending their thoughts to all involved.

“A tragic accident involving spectators at the closing stage of the 2021 Tatts Finke Desert Race has resulted in the second day of the bike race being cancelled,” Proformance Motorsport wrote.

“Our thoughts and prayers for everyone involved.”

The Finke Desert Race is an off-road, multi-terrain two-day race for bikes, cars, buggies and quad bikes through desert from Alice Springs to Aputula in the Northern Territory.

The race is usually held each year on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June.

Gold Coaster Toby Price took out the car race this morning, making Finke history as the first person to win both the bike category and car category.

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