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Outback Air Race 2021 fully subscribed after two weeks

written by Adam Thorn | December 10, 2020

Outback Air Race
The 2021 Outback Air Race is a 3,800km time trial across Australia.

The organisers of the 2021 Outback Air Race have announced the 3,800-kilometre time trial across Australia is now fully subscribed after just two weeks of registrations being open.

The prestigious triannual event will start on 30 August and the 42 teams and 100 competitors will fly from Darwin to Cooinda, Adels Grove, Karumba, Undara, Shute Harbour, Gladstone, Roma and Goondiwindi before finishing in Coffs Harbour on 12 September.

The event raises funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and has garnered more than $3.1 million in donations since its foundation in 1996.

Next year’s instalment will take place over 13 days and includes teams from WA, ACT, NSW, Queensland and Victoria.


The Outback Air Race is technically a time trial, with participants rated electronically on teams’ nominated times from A-B. There’s also a ‘nearest to the pin’ to set locations for challengers to find and overfly accurately.

Each leg of the race has a winner who temporarily gets to keep an actual mannequin’s leg that they can fill with money to aid donations.

The total distance is 3,800 kilometres and some stops involve two nights’ accommodation.

The event organisers have also revealed a professional documentary is being produced of the 2021 race that they will pitch to various networks, including Netflix.

To find out more about the event, click here, and also read our feature on the 2018 race.

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