Australia's most successful female enduro racer Jess Gardiner is on a mission at this weekend's Australian Off-Road Championship rounds in South Australia.
Having spent the past few weeks racing the Enduro World Championship in Spain and Portugal, the NSW-based racer landed back in Sydney at 5.00am today (Thursday) and was only home for two hours before starting the drive to Karoonda, South Australia.
The Mallee region of South Australia plays host to rounds five and six of the AORC this weekend where Gardiner will be charging for the podium. The cold temperatures and fast sandy track of South Australia is a far cry from Gardiner's recent race events in Europe
''It's been a good couple of weeks racing in Europe,” Gardiner said this morning after landing back on Aussie soil.
''Racing real enduros with trail time and special tests was great. Spain was hot and very dusty. It was technical and tight, one-lined and rough. The extreme test in Portugal was quite easy but the race conditions were hotter again and the track was brutal. It literally fell apart on us. It was almost like sand and bulldust with rocks popping up everywhere. Physically it was hard. Even the trail was hard and each lap got harder."
''In comparison to this weekend's event of a cross country and a day of sprints, Enduro World Championship is totally different. It will be a bit more laid back and I think it will be fast and sandy. I'll give it my best. The past few weeks was challenging so I hope it proves to be good prep for this weekend. We''ll see how I end up.”
Jess Gardiner carded second, second, third and second place results from the first four rounds of the Enduro World Championship and currently holds second place in the title chase.
Gardiner also holds down second place in the Australian Off-Road Championship after four rounds.
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