PRICE DEVASTATED BY DNF AT FINKE
Toby Price has failed to finish the Finke Desert Race despite leading the car category on Day 2 of the 2019 Finke Desert Race.
Price was the first to leave Finke in his #487 Red Bull Trophy Truck on Monday morning for the return leg back to Alice Springs.
Price and navigator Jason Duncan were 8 minutes in front of the rest of the Car Category but were forced to stop just before the Bundooma checkpoint and they lost their lead.
The issue with the truck was diagnosed, with the rear gears failing and as a result, Price lost all drive to the wheels.
Price was forced to retire and called in his support crew to pick up the #487 Trophy Truck and the Race was finished for the two-time Dakar Rally Champion.
“At the end of the day there were some positives we can take from this week, we had good fun until it came to a screaming halt and the only negative was that we didn’t finish. We showed we had the speed and can drive, but some small issues went wrong and we broke a third member, basically the rear gears and diff housing, we sheared them all off by the sounds of it. We lost drive to the wheels and that was it. I’m annoyed, we still had a 7 minute lead but the main thing is the crew is safe and we’ll be back next year! Thanks to the crew and sponsors, without them it wouldn’t be possible it’s just a bummer we’re not delivering what I know we can.”
CAR RESULTS AFTER DAY 2 (OUTRIGHT)
- 1 – Jack Rhodes & David Pullino, 03:42:25.4
- 2 – Josh Howells & Ian Hume, + 00:09:26.3
- 3 – Brent Martin & Andre De Simone, + 00:18:16.3
- 4 – Mark & Matthew Burrows, + 00:18:33.0
- 5 – Shannon & Ian Rentsch, + 00:19:01.7
- DNF – Toby Price & Jason Duncan