Desert Racing

Daniel Sanders Dominates 2018 Penrite Hattah Desert Race

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After finishing runner-up for the past two years, Victorian Daniel Sanders took the win in 2018. Photo: John Pearson
Daniel Sanders has taken a dominant victory at the 2018 Penrite Hattah Desert Race, leading Saturday's Top 10 Shootout and then going on to record Husqvarna's first-ever outright Hattah win on Sunday.

Yamaha's Josh Green finished a little over a minute behind in second with Lyndon Snodgrass taking the final podium spot. Last years winner Daniel Milner experineced electrical problems but still rebounded for fourth overall.

Sanders, who had finished runner-up for the past two years running, lodged a flying 2m36.256s lap- time of the Prologue course in qualifying to seal the pole position, which set the scene for what was to come on race-day near Mildura, Victoria.

With a fastest lap of 29m31.044s, Sanders rode his factory Husqvarna FE 501 to an advantage of 1m06.175s at the conclusion of eight laps in a total time of 4h15m22.802s. It was a brilliant performance that enabled him to cruise home on the final lap to the outright and Over 450cc Four- Stroke class victories in dry, dusty conditions that resulted in unrelenting square-edged bumps as the race wore on.

‰ÛÏTo qualify quickest was definitely positive and it was a gnarly race, one that was awesome to lead from start to finish for the win," Sanders reflected.

"The plan was to throw the hammer down straight away, to try pull a gap and maintain it, which we were able to do in the end. It was really dry and dusty, a hard race, but I just stayed focused and got the job done. I couldn‰Ûªt thank the guys at the Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team enough for their efforts and it‰Ûªs been a real team effort that has led to this result, so we‰Ûªre really happy to get this victory together," Sanders concluded.

2018 Hattah Desert Race Top 20:
1 Daniel SANDERS 4:15:22.802
2 Josh GREEN 4:16:28.977 +1:06.175
3 Lyndon SNODGRASS 4:19:29.308 +4:06.506
4 Daniel MILNER 4:23:10.579 +7:47.777
5 Nathan TRIGG 4:24:18.387 +8:55.585
6 Jack SIMPSON 4:26:08.436 +10:45.634
7 Angus GELLY 4:26:24.103 +11:01.301
8 Fraser HIGLETT 4:28:39.848 +13:17.046
9 Callum NORTON 4:28:42.814 +13:20.012
10 Jacob SMITH 4:30:06.337 +14:43.535
11 Alex BOLTON 4:30:42.592 +15:19.790
12 Ryan SHADBOLT 4:31:59.262 +16:36.460
13 Andrew WILKSCH 4:33:03.518 +17:40.716
14 Luke STYKE 4:33:47.609 +18:24.807
15 Mark GROVE 4:36:42.452 +21:19.650
16 Riley GRAHAM 4:37:48.773 +22:25.971
17 Sam DAVIE 4:38:13.163 +22:50.361
18 Michael DRISCOLL 4:38:36.327 +23:13.525
19 Liam MASON 4:39:28.984 +24:06.182
20 Jesse LAWTON 4:42:11.736 +26:48.934

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