Thrills and spills galore as Clay breaks drought

Pilbara News - - Sport - Re­becca Par­ish

Dust went fly­ing as more than 90 rid­ers took to the track at Indee Sta­tion for the 12th an­nual Indee 500 en­duro dirt race ear­lier this month.

On the first day of the event, 15 ju­nior rid­ers took to the 23km course for a two-hour race, with Jai Lawer tak­ing out first place, fol­lowed closely by Jeremy John­son in se­cond spot while Riley Schmidt placed third with all three man­ag­ing seven laps. A onelap pro­logue race was also held to de­ter­mine plac­ings for the main event, with the se­niors bat­tling it out for the best time to en­sure they got an early start the next day.

Kar­ratha’s Luke Clay came away with the fastest time.

Rac­ing started on Sat­ur­day, with every­one off the line.

Clay was on fire lead­ing lap one, fol­lowed closely by Dave White­head.

How­ever, White­head came off his bike just 7km be­fore the mid-point fuel stop, and suf­fered a bro­ken col­lar­bone and sca­pu­lar.

Ai­dan Cham­ber­lain and Rob­bie White­man were then left to bat­tle for se­cond place, with Cham­ber­lain suc­cess­ful for day one.

In the quad class, Stuart Wil­liam had bad luck with the bike break­ing down twice, giv­ing the rest of the field a clean run.

John Iu­liano won first place in the class.

The Paul Mck­in­nis award for the high­est-plac­ing Hed­land rider went to Rob­bie White­man.

Indee 500 co-or­di­na­tor An­drew Paine said the event went re­ally well this year, with in­creased num­bers.

“It was a good at­mos­phere and the event went smoothly,” he said. “It was great to see Luke Clay come out for a win. This was his sev­enth Indee and he’s had a did-not fin­ish a cou­ple times, a third, a se­cond ... I’m glad he had a good race all week­end.”

James Arnold

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