The 2022 Victorian Off-Road racing season got off to a successful start on the weekend with the running of the Rainbow Rises 240.

The two-day event included the first rounds of the 2022 Motorsport Australia Victorian Off-Road Championship, 2022 Victorian Off Road Club Shield, and 2022 VORRA Club Championship that were all run on the short course just to the east of Rainbow in the southern Mallee.

Warm conditions and a fickle wind that played havoc with the drifting dust challenged competitors, organisers, and spectators alike, but some exciting racing was witnessed.

Driver Steven Graham with navigators Ella Graham and Glenn Collis in car #1065 (pictured) finished in outright first position ahead of runner up Luke Erceg in car #150, and third-placed Brendan Payne and Lynda Miller in #99.
View a gallery of pictures from the weekend here
Those attending the site for the first time since this time last year would have noticed the significant improvements, including the new toilet block and the extra permanent shade structures near the commentary box and race headquarters buildings.

The Rainbow Rises Events Association Inc.’s venue to the west of the town will come alive again in three weeks when the Big Desert 480 will be held from April 1 to April 3 as the first round of the Australian Off-Road Racing Championships. This event will commence with a street party in Rainbow’s main street on Friday evening.

The 2022 Rainbow Desert Enduro will also return on the first weekend in September, with competitors completing up to seven laps of the 80-kilometre course that takes them out into the desert over two days, with scrutineering to take place in the main street on Friday evening.