Khanacross revved up
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.