White hot form in Finke race

Katie Schrodter and Paul White at the end of the Finke Desert race.

Katie Schrodter and Paul White at the end of the Finke Desert race.

A Mount Isan couple have done well in one of the toughest races in Australia.

The Finke Desert Race 2107 race takes in 226km each way of bone-jarring desert country starting and ending in Alice Springs.

As in previous years Mount Isa couple Paul White and Katie Schrodter took part in the and finished 14th outright out of almost 700 competitors.

“That’s our best ever result,” Schrodter told the North West Star from Alice Springs on Monday, the day after it finished.

“We had a clean run mechanically, we were 21st after the first day and had a really good run home,” she said.

“Our last best result was 29th in our old car, we’re pretty bruised and battered but happy.”

The couple blitzed the four hour time limit doing it in 2.29 out and 2.24 back.

More than 530 bike riders and about 140 car or buggy drivers navigated through foggy and dusty conditions on the first day with many failing to finish.