Tuesday, 07 June 2011
Tasmania’s Hayden Tatnell is enroute to Alice Springs once again to attempt the Tattersall’s Finke Desert Race, his favourite event on the Australia Off Road Championship circuit.
Tatnell managed tenth outright last year despite two flat tyres and has spent the last 12 months making revisions to his BAT Spec 1 single seater.
Tatnell debuted his BAT Pro buggy at the 2010 event after importing it from South Africa in 2008.
He says he was pleased with the cars performance last year but the two flat tyres cost him dearly on the stage times.
He will be aiming to avoid a repeat of his “near miss” on a jump last year when he landed the BAT in a spectacular manoeuvre narrowly missing an SBS cameraman. The incident, captured on film and posted on You Tube saw several thousand hits and is a reminder to onlookers to stay well back.
With his strong record of reliability at the two day race, including a second outright placing in 2003, Tatnell has set himself a three year program to conquer the Finke in his new vehicle. He says he is excited about this car more than any other he has raced. “The BAT is plenty quick enough and has heaps of potential – now it’s up to me to get it out of her” he said.
Source: Cara Tatnell, Red Grand Management
Photographer: Randall Kilner, Dirtcomp Magazine