The Year That Was: Shannon and Ian Rentsch’s historic sixth Finke victory

After 43 years as one of the most iconic races on the international off road calendar, the Tatts Finke Desert Race continues to grow year after year.

Drivers from around the world make their way to the Northern Territory with the hopes of winning the famous event and etching their names into the history books.

2018 BFGoodrich CAMS Australian Off Road Champions Shannon and Ian Rentsch proved why they are considered one of the greatest crews in putting on a show of complete class.

After dominating prologue, the father-son duo led the field all the way down to Finke, ending the first day with a well-earned three-minute gap over second-placed Toby Price.

Going into the second day, the pair continued their sensational form back up to Alice Springs, building a lead of more than 16 minutes to secure the race win.

While the victory was one to behold from the outside, internally it was just as sweet with Shannon thrilled with the their sixth ‘King of the Desert’ title.

“It’s awesome”, Shannon said post-race.

“We’ve never won it from start to finish so to get the prologue, lead down to Finke and then back to Alice, it’s pretty special.

“It’s probably up there with the best one we have done.”

Not only did the Rentschs notch up their incredible sixth title, but they also became the most successful car crew in the history of the iconic event.

With both Shannon and Ian set to go around again next year, the pair will be looking to further boost their legacy and win their seventh Finke title.


This memorable moment is part of a special BFGoodrich CAMS Australian Off Road Championship series recapping an entertaining 2018 season.