Heath’s on track
THE Douglas Motorsports Association celebrated its 20th anniversary last month but it’s youth which the club likes to focus on when it can.
The club has long promoted its junior ranks as a vital part of the club and an important community asset in the training of young drivers.
The current club champion, Heath Barry of Mossman, is just 15, having started at the club when he was 12.
DMSA is affiliated with the Confederation of Australian Motorsports (CAMS) which offers special advanced training for rising young drivers.
“We are looking to get him into driver programs in Brisbane where he can further his experience,” said club president Bob Errey.
“Obviously he’s very talented.”
The club caters for drivers of all ages, down to the age of 12. “We have kids who turn up who’ve never driven in their life before and are nervous as hell, but we have special tracks for the juniors and an instructor in with them, teaching them how to drive,” Errey said.
“We cater for any level of experience.”
The juniors have their own motorkhana (12 and 13 year olds) and when they have more experience they can go in the open events (though in that there are junior classes as well).
As well as more young people, the club is looking to boost its membership overall.
Membership can come from quite far afield. One famous example is Ross Dunkerton, a five times national rally champion, who lives in Cairns.
“Quite a few people come up from Cairns but we’re always looking for more local people,” said Errey.
“But we don’t seem to get many Port Douglas people for some reason.”
The club is quiet for the moment as it prepares for its next season. It’s track near Mossman is easily affected by heavy rain, and so it’s a waiting game to what the Wet Season will allow.
“Some years we’ve raced in January-February, some years we don’t race until May-June,” said Errey philosophically.
Club champion Heath Barry gets air in a round last year