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Entries closing soon for Don River Dash
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Monday, 02 September 2019


Not long now until the streets of Bowen and the Don Riverbed in North Queensland wake up to the rumble of off road machines, both car and bike, come the weekend of 13-15 September.

With 43 teams currently nominated for the car section of the inaugural Don River Dash 300 and bike entries flowing, those car racer interested in nominating need to have their entries lodged by midnight Wednesday 4th September to be able to greet the starter in just under two weeks time.

The Burdekin Offroaders Inc have put together teaser footage; and from the look, it’s going to be a cracker event. The club members have also been flat out marking the course, preparing the pit area and coordinating with local organisations.

“As a club we’re proud of what we’ve achieved with our track and facilities at Burdekin, but the chance to have a race in the Don River was too good an opportunity to miss. The support we’ve received from the Bowen Whitsundays Regional Council has been great” explained Michael Marson, Burdekin Offroaders Inc Club President.

“What’s also great is we have thee competitors attempting both the car and bike legs; I think they’re mad, but they’re young and have a lot of enthusiasm. ”

Clayton and Stuart Chapman and Adam McGuire, all from Chapman Off Road team, will be doing the car sections in the teams Unlimited Razorback and Class 5 Mitsubishi Triton and swapping their race suits for leathers to hit the track in the bike sections.

Clayton added “I’m not sure how we will go, but we’re going to give it our best shot. Sunday afternoon’s bike race will be the toughest, but hopefully all three of us will see the checkered flag four times.

The unique format will see competitors race down the bitumen streets of Bowen from the showgrounds start line for a few kilometres before dropping into the dry riverbed of the Don River. The track will then head approximately 25km upstream in the riverbed to the turnaround point, returning back on the other side of the riverbed. Three laps of the river will make up Saturday’s first section before competitors leave the riverbed and head to the finish line in Bowen. When the cars have finished, the motorbikes will take to the track. Both cars and bikes will follow the same format for Sunday’s racing, giving a total race distance of 320km.

A $1,000 cash prize will be awarded to the King of the River going to the fastest car or bike to finish the event.

Event information can be found here.

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