CHAL­LENGE AC­CEPTED

GEAR­ING UP FOR THE NO-HOLDS-BARRED 2018 OUT­BACK CHAL­LENGE.

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BASED out of Bro­ken Hill and run­ning over four days (Septem­ber 26-29), the Out­back Chal­lenge is one of Aus­tralia’s most iconic and glob­ally revered of­froad events. More than just a ‘race’ the Out­back Chal­lenge is a true 4x4 ad­ven­ture de­signed to test the coun­try’s most skilled off-road driv­ers and nav­i­ga­tors as they tackle some of the NSW out­back’s tough­est ter­rain. The event is also a crack­ing way to show­case this part of Aus­tralia’s unique and spec­tac­u­lar land­scape.

Through ev­ery stage, each team must nav­i­gate via GPS to hun­dreds of vir­tual way­points. This year’s event dif­fers from pre­vi­ous ones with a base-camp style setup, mean­ing teams ven­ture out each day then re­turn to the same fin­ish point af­ter the stage(s) are com­pleted.

The four-day frenzy be­gins on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 26, with com­peti­tors able to sign in and get their vehicles scru­ti­nised be­fore the first of two stages. There will be a day stage and an awe­some night stage on the Thurs­day, be­fore the next few days of full-on com­pe­ti­tion.

Teams have to be self­suf­fi­cient (carry spares and all other gear), and the event is guar­an­teed to test the tough­est off-road rigs while keep­ing the spec­ta­tors on hand highly en­ter­tained by the driv­ing and – no doubt – fast ve­hi­cle re­cov­er­ies.

The last stage – the 150km-long Mad Max – is a bru­tal but spec­tac­u­lar way to end the com­pe­ti­tion. This mon­ster stage com­prises a sin­gle 150km lap of a course that takes com­peti­tors through three mas­sive out­back sta­tions north-east of Bro­ken Hill, with just two fuel stops along the way.

Mad Max is de­scribed by Out­back Chal­lenge or­gan­is­ers as ‘natural ter­rain with few marked tracks’. In other words: a truly tough test of driver, nav­i­ga­tor and ve­hi­cle. Not only do they have to keep them­selves and their ve­hi­cle in one col­lec­tive piece, they have to try and do that while rac­ing against a chal­leng­ing eight-hour time limit for that stage.

For off-road com­peti­tors, the Out­back Chal­lenge is def­i­nitely on the top of the lad­der for Aussie 4x4 events, and for spec­ta­tors it is also a must-see; not only are you get­ting the chance to wit­ness top-notch off-road driv­ing, you can also stay on af­ter the epic four days of the event and ex­plore more of the Bro­ken Hill re­gion.

You can even plan your own fu­ture as­sault on the Out­back Chal­lenge. It’s gonna be epic and an event that shouldn’t be missed!

Web­site: www. out­backchal­lenge.com.au

Phone: 1300 788 105

The Out­back Chal­lenge cov­ers four ac­tion­packed days (in­clud­ing a night stage) of fun.

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