Monk’s unfinished business

Nathan Monk will make his return to the Hindmarsh Shire Rainbow Desert Enduro to settle unfinished business.

Nathan and co-driver Daniel Monk made a positive start in last year’s race, finishing inside the top-ten after prologue and the top ten shootout, before going on to complete the two full laps in very wet conditions on the Saturday.

With the West Victorian town suffering torrential rain in the lead up to the race, conditions were brutal for competitors and Nathan admits as an off road driver just getting into the sport, the race on Sunday was going to be a challenge.

With a year passed, Nathan has a brand new Jimco Aussie special sitting in the shed, but has been unable to get it ready in time for the BFGoodrich CAMS Australian Off Road Championship’s third and final round.

Despite the setback, the Victorian is now preparing last year’s car by applying the necessary changes to make it competitive as possible with whatever the race brings.

“Our aim was to have the Jimco entered for Rainbow but good things take time,” Nathan added.

“There is no real need to rush it when the Southern Cross is still a great car and competitive.”

While Nathan believes the new course and changes gives every team a chance against the top drivers, the Pro Buggy driver has conceded that an overall podium finish in the standings is unlikely.

Nathan revealed he has entered Rainbow for a second time because he and Daniel really enjoyed the track.

“I love mix of the sand out the back and the straights, it suits a lighter pro buggy” Nathan explained.

“I am not too familiar with the new course changes, but I will just have to adapt to whatever the track is. If there is a change then I suppose we’ll learn about it on the first lap.”

The Hindmarsh Shire Rainbow Desert Enduro takes place on 10-12 August, with Outright and Class Champion to be crowned at the conclusion of the event.