Out­law local mo­tors to win

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

MOSS­MAN’S Rus­sell Equinox raced against ad­ver­sity at the Aus­tralian Out­law Sprint Sedan cham­pi­onships to be­come Aus­tralia’s new­est mo­tor­sport cham­pion for 2012.

Equinox re­sides in Moss­man, runs a busi­ness in Cairns and races up in Ma­reeba at the speed­way once a month and de­cided to com­pete in the se­ries, which was held in Mackay over the long week­end.

“I’m 54 years-old and been rac­ing for a while and thought I bet­ter go down and have a go be­fore I get too old,” he said.

“I al­ways wanted to do it and you don’t know what the com­pe­ti­tion is like and how the south­ern boys races un­less you go down and have a go.”

Equinox was ac­com­pa­nied by me­chanic Greg Cooper to Mackay for the two-day event and Equinox fin­ished in the top three in all three heats on the first night, plac­ing him in third po­si­tion over­all.

Sun­day night took a dra­matic turn when in the first heat a five-car pileup saw the en­tire right front end torn out of Equinox’s Ford Cortina.

With only an hour to do so, Equinox and his me­chan­ics and a large crew of sup­port­ers were able to gather and fix the parts re­quired to get back on the track for the fi­nal race.

Af­ter hav­ing missed two heats, Equinox had to start in 12th po­si­tion out of 23 and pow­ered through the 35 laps to get in the lead and took out the 2012 Aus­tralian Cham­pi­onships.

Equinox said he went to Mackay in the hopes of fin­ish­ing in the top ten and to bring home num­ber one was a dream come true.

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