Australia’s Lake Gairdner sets the scene to break speed records!
From 17 to 19 March 2018, the Lake Gairdner salt flats will be the venue for the FIM World Speed Trials, organised by Swissperformance.ch in in cooperation with the Dry Lake Racers Association (DLRA). The event will be sanctioned by Motorcycling Australia (MA) and FIM.
Lake Gairdner (135 metres above sea level) in the State of South Australia, is a large salt lake over 160 km (99 mi) long and 48 km (30 mi) across. The salt layer that covers the lake is over 1.2 metres (3 ft 11 in) thick in some places and has already been used for land speed record attempts in the past.
Until now, the FIM World Speed Record Attempts have been organised mainly in Bonneville (USA), where the first attempts took place in 1912, in conjunction with US national attempts in a wide range of categories. In 2006, Rocky Robinson with the Top Oil Ack Attack/Suzuki streamliner made a record attempt on Lake Gairdner but aborted his attempt due to changing surface conditions. The Salar de Uyuni, situated at an altitude of 3’600 metres in Bolivia hosted an FIM high-speed world record attempts event for the first time in history.
Lake Gairdner, which is part of a National Park, is located about 150 km northwest of Port Augusta and 450 km northwest of Adelaide. The nearest town is Iron Knob, some 120 km from the site. A high-speed track and a corresponding top infrastructure will be built specially for the event on the southern area of the Lake.
The absolute world record on two wheels is presently held by Rocky Robinson (USA) in the Top Oil Ack Attack/Suzuki streamliner, set on September 25, 2010, with a speed of 605.698 km/h - 376.363 mph in the measured kilometer, and 605.366 km/h - 376.156. mph in the measured mile. This record will be challenged by the entree of Valerie Thompson (USA), with the BUB 7 3000 streamliner. The BUB 7 streamliner has held previous records, the last one set by Chris Carr (USA) on September 24, 2009. The BUB 7 team remain a serious challenger for the absolute FIM world record on two wheels.