The 2018 Hattah Desert Race will see a three-rider female Sherco attack with Sophie Coldicutt, Kate Norman and Danielle Foot. All three lady racers will take on the Tenacious Women of Hattah Class where a strong field of 18 female riders will do battle on the famous Hattah track.
Coldicutt will race her Motul Pirelli Sherco 250 SE-R two-stroke and with recent race activity under her belt and past Hattah experience, Motul Pirelli Sherco Team manager Derek Grundy expects Coldicutt will do well.
“I think Sophie will go okay and she’ll be in the hunt for the podium at Hattah,” offered Grundy. “Sophie is pretty strong, and her endurance is there from regularly competing in three-hour cross-country races in Tasmania. She rides sand pretty well and has plenty of motocross experience so she’s comfortable going bar-to-bar with other riders.”
Coming off her recent Finke Desert Race experience, Kate Norman is in form and will line up for Hattah on her Motul Pirelli Sherco 300 SEF-R four-stroke.
“Kate was the fourth fastest female at the Finke Desert Race this year,” Grundy explained. “She raced Hattah last year and placed ninth in a field of 18 and with the experience she has gained in the past 12 months, I think she could be looking at a top five finish at Hattah.”
Completing the Sherco female triple at Hattah is Road and River Sherco rider Danielle Foot who will also race a Sherco 250 SE-R two-stroke. The Geelong-based racer was second in the Tenacious Women of Hattah in 2017 and despite a recent injury, Foot is focussed on the job ahead of her.
“Dani is fast in the sand and she’s comfortable at high-speeds,” said Grundy. “She’s a real talent and unfortunately she suffered a broken collar bone after a crash in the Finke Desert Race last month. Dani has had surgery to plate the bone and is determined to race at Hattah. She’s tough, she’s fast and even with a recent injury, she should not be underestimated.”
The Tenacious Women of Hattah is a four-lap race of the 38km natural terrain circuit that is expected to take over two-hours to complete. The course consists of fast straights with deep sand, twisting track through Mallee scrub and steep sand dunes.
The 2018 Hattah Desert Race weekend begins with scrutineering and rider meet and greet Friday July 6, from 3.00pm at Quandong Park Sports Reserve, Red Cliffs. Prologue is at 9.30am Saturday July 7 and the main race starts at 9.30am, Sunday July 8 at Boonoonar Road, Colignan, approximately 40-minutes-drive south of Mildura.