Clipsal 500 Adelaide to host Australia’s largest EnduroX event
The Clipsal 500 Adelaide will bring yet another first to next year’s event with the introduction of EnduroX. Eleven of the best riders, including Australia’s own Toby Price and US star Mike Brown, will compete for the richest prize pool ever seen in an Australian EnduroX competition.
EnduroX is one of the world’s most popular extreme sports, combining the riding skills of motocross, off-roading and trails into one action packed event.
The course condenses a series of obstacles usually found on a standard off-road Enduro course, into a short arena track. Toby Price, winner of five Australian Off-Road Championships and one of Australia’s top Enduro racers launched the new attraction in Sydney today with the help of V8 driver Lee Holdsworth.
After beginning a career in motocross, Price, known as ‘King of the Desert’ is now an international off-road racing superstar with a multitude of prestigious titles to his name, including the Australian Off-Road Championship, the International Six Day Enduro and the Finke Desert Race.
Price is no stranger to the atmosphere of the Clipsal 500, having raced behind the wheel of Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks earlier this year in their spectacular debut.
Price said he was excited about competing on both two and four wheels at this year’s event.
“As Enduro riders, many of the athletes who’ll be competing have never had a chance to compete at an event of this scale before, so it’s really exciting.
“Coming to Adelaide for the Clipsal 500 is always special because there’s always so much happening. EnduroX is a really exciting and action packed form of racing which is still quite new to Australia. It’s going to blow people’s minds,” Price said.
South Australia’s Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said following confirmation American off-road racing legend Robby Gordon will bring his Stadium Super Trucks back to Adelaide, the 2016 Clipsal 500 Adelaide was also set to host the biggest EnduroX crowd ever seen in Australia and will be the only Australian event on the calendar for next year.
“The Clipsal 500 Adelaide offers so much more than just car racing and the bar continues to be raised every year,” Mr Bignell.
“The Clipsal 500 EnduroX track will be a fan favourite, allowing spectators to be up close to the action, as riders battle it out over man made obstacles.
“The track will incorporate 140 tonnes of dirt, 14 tonnes of sand, 50 tonnes of rock, 710 metres of logs, 5 tonnes of tyres and approximately 100 hay bales. 2
“This year the Stadium Super Trucks took the event by storm and now the Clipsal 500 in 2016 will have this heart-stopping first.”
EnduroX will bring a combination of international and Australian riders from a variety of motorsport backgrounds to the event.
In addition to Toby Price, 43 year old superstar Mike Brown will be flying in from the US to prove that age is no barrier in extreme sports. Holding race wins and championships across the board in Motocross, Supercross and EnduroX and with five X-Games gold medals under his belt, the 2015 Australian Enduro Champion will be sure to keep things interesting.
The Clipsal 500 EnduroX will also include New South Wales EnduroX riders Tye Simmonds, Glenn Kearney, Lachie Stanford and Jacob Smith, and Victorian Riders Mitch Harper and Peter Boyle. EnduroX can be seen exclusively across all four days of the Clipsal 500 Adelaide.
Riders will also vie for the inaugural Adelaide EnduroX Cup in a special feature packed Saturday twilight championship event prior to Saturday night’s concerts.
Tickets to the Saturday Night EnduroX Cup can be purchased separately and include access to the EnduroX, Saturday night concerts and remaining Clipsal 500 on track race activities. Gates open from 5pm.