News 5 May 2015

Williscroft wins ninth-career Kamfari Mud Race

KTM veteran returns for Kamfari victory in the Top End.

Image: Max Sullivan (KTM).

Image: Max Sullivan (KTM).

KTM racer and former Australian Enduro Champion Brad ‘Wonka’ Williscroft has won Australia’s muddiest enduro, Darwin’s Kamfari Mud Race, for the ninth time in his career.

The KTM 450 EXC rider won the 44th running of the event by over 15 minutes from defending champion Daniel McGuinness, with Chris Warwick third.

“It was at a new track closer to Darwin, so there was a bigger crowd and a great atmosphere this year,” Williscroft said. “Darwin is a real nice place and I love going back there, but if you don’t like mud, there’s no use going.

“I couldn’t recognise my bike after the race, I couldn’t even tell what kind of bike it was! Normally there is more water on the course, but this year there was more mud and bog which made the bike real heavy and made the going tougher.

“The bogs were difficult to get through and on some laps you’d find people still stuck from the lap before. It was important to keep picking lines and try to find new lines and once a section would get wrecked they’d move the bunting over as the race went on, so it was well worth taking a couple of seconds to look ahead and not go charging in.

“I only need one more win to equal the most Kamfari wins ever, so I might have to come back next year for a look!”

Despite a relatively mild wet season in the Top End, the event organisers found no shortage of mud and bog holes for the 12km course, so the infamous four-hour enduro race comfortably maintained its reputation for toughness. Of the 62 bikes which started the 2015 race, only 30 finished.

After missing last year’s event due to work commitments, KTM’s Williscroft was seeing the new Kamfari venue for the first time, and he made the most inauspicious of starts when he went flying over the handlebars in the first bog hole on the opening lap.

Williscroft is no newbie however and quickly took stock of the situation to begin addressing the three-minute lap one deficit and he took over the lead soon after the fuel stop.

Williscroft’s ninth win now places him just one win shy of the all-time Kamfari record of 10 wins held by Tony Morris.