Outlaw local motors to win
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.