Rain holds off for first race event of the year

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

WITH much an­tic­i­pa­tion for a new rac­ing year, driv­ers from the Dou­glas Shire Mo­tor Sports As­so­ci­a­tion lined up for the first event of 2017 last Sun­day.

A huge ef­fort on Fri­day af­ter­noon and most of Satur­day from Heath, Beeker, Baldie Nor­thy and Stu­art Yen­dle saw the track trans­formed from an over­grown, rut­ted out mess to some­thing that re­sem­bled a race­track.

Hav­ing al­ready been post­poned sev­eral times due to wet weather, all eyes were on the hori­zon and any loom­ing cloud mass. De­spite the weather bureau fore­cast­ing an 80 per cent chance of show­ers the day be­gan un­der clear skies.

Alas by 11am and with not even two runs com­pleted, clouds snuck over the hill from the west. The sub­se­quent rain that fol­lowed made the track im­pass­able and the event was called off early. Of all the days for the bureau to ac­tu­ally get the fore­cast right!

By the time I left the track at around 2pm there was 22mm in the gauge and it was still rain­ing.

Seven things I learned from the short­ened day.

1. The new paint job on Heath’s Mi­cra hasn’t slowed down the de­fend­ing club Cham­pion one bit.

2. De­spite be­ing our most se­nior mem­ber at 70 some­thing years old, Dunko is show­ing no signs of slow­ing down ei­ther.

3. For the first time in a long time, there were more rear wheel drive cars than front wheel drive and nearly more V8s than 1600s.

4. Steve’s now LS1-pow­ered Nis­san 200SX is quick and sounds good too. Pity he didn’t put a real en­gine in it.

5. Old Lasers never die they just go faster, and in some cases too fast for the ro­tor but­ton.

6. New club mem­ber, but pre­vi­ous com­peti­tor Graeme Colls is go­ing to be hard to beat this year in his four wheel drive Subaru.

7. Carl’s Fair­lane still has a mag­netic like at­trac­tion to witches hats.

The As­so­ci­a­tion would like to give spe­cial thanks to lo­cal cane farmer and har­vest­ing con­trac­tor, Frank Coul­tard for lend­ing the club the nec­es­sary ma­chin­ery to clean up the track. The Clubs next event is planned for April 2.

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