Khanacross revved up

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

DRIV­ERS from the Dou­glas Shire Mo­tor Sports As­so­ci­a­tion took to the Reef and Rain­for­est Track at North Moss­man last Sun­day for the first time this year.

Rain threat­ened to wash out the event for the sec­ond time in two weeks, but de­spite a few early show­ers, the rain held off and track con­di­tions were gen­er­ally good.

Seven kids lined up in the club car for the Ju­nior Mo­torkhana in­clud­ing Krys­tal Secker who was com­pet­ing for the first time. Af­ter seven runs Cairns driver Joshua Coul­son was the win­ner fin­ish­ing on a time of 332 sec­onds ahead of Kara North on 345 sec­onds, with Jai Phillips round­ing out the top three with a time of 372 sec­onds. Both Josh and Kara turn 14 in the next two months and some of the younger driv­ers will be look­ing for­ward to them mov­ing up to the khanacross se­ries.

A strong field of 19 driv­ers lined up for the khanacross with de­fend­ing club cham­pion Sta­cie Stephensen once again run­ning her trusty Hyundai Ex­cel, but it was a blue oval clean sweep with Ford Lasers fill­ing the top three places. In first place was John Kenna who fin­ished with a time of 533 sec­onds, closely fol­lowed by Scott Cahill on 544 sec­onds and Krista O’dell on 552 sec­onds.

It was Krista’s first podium fin­ish and her best re­sult to date. Krista’s third out­right also made her the first woman home ahead of Sta­cie Stephensen, Hayley Kenna and Me­lanie Ir­win.

A cred­itable fourth out­right and first in the 1600 2-litre class was Dave Farmer on 556 sec­onds, while the over 2-litre class saw an­other Ford vic­tory with the Cortina of Bob Er­rey lead­ing home the Com­modores of Clin­ton Pike and An­thony Bald­win.

High­light of the day was see­ing long-time club stal­wart Shane North hav­ing his first run in nearly 10 years.

The next event is sched­uled for Sun­day, May 20.

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