Tatts Finke Desert Race Update: Motorsport Australia Statement

Motorsport Australia has issued the following statement regarding this year’s Tatts Finke Desert Race.

Motorsport Australia Statement

Following extensive discussions with the Finke Desert Race organisers, the NT Government, NT Police and other key stakeholders, Motorsport Australia can confirm it intends to issue a permit for this year’s event, subject to specific safety measures being implemented. The decision is also subject to the final approval of the Motorsport Australia Board.

These measures will be outlined in the coming days and weeks as work continues in preparation for the 2023 race.

Motorsport Australia thanks competitors, officials, spectators and all those associated with the event for their ongoing co-operation and patience. We are particularly grateful for the assistance and support of the NT Government and NT Police and for their commitment to improved safety management to secure the long-term future of this iconic event.

Spectators will have a significant role to play in making sure the event runs smoothly in 2023 and for many years to come. Should the event proceed, there will be a zero-tolerance approach to any inappropriate spectator behaviour throughout the 2023 event, and organisers will have no option in stopping the race should spectators fail to follow the instructions of officials and event staff.