Heath Barry racks up vic­tory

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

A strong field of 16 driv­ers lined up for the third round of the Dou­glas Shire Motor Sport As­so­ci­a­tion’s 2017 Cham­pi­onship, un­der clear skies last Sun­day, a wel­come change from the two pre­vi­ous events that were rained out.

Among the driv­ers keen to give de­fend­ing club cham­pion, Heath Barry, a run for his money were Dave Coul­son, John Kenna and Krista O’Dell, all driv­ing Ford Lasers, and Steve Van der Brug in his V8 pow­ered Nis­san 200SX. Added into the mix were the usu­ally con­sis­tent Graeme Colls in his Subaru Impreza and Phil Pyke in an­other Subaru.

Also com­pet­ing for the first time in over a year was Rick Ranscombe in his Corolla.

Josh Yen­dle, Macken­zie Barry and first time driver Brook­lyn Henry lined up in the Ju­nior Mo­torkhana. The Mo­torkhana is a sep­a­rate event run along side the Khanacross for ju­nior mem­bers aged from 12 years old.

Overnight rain had made the track slip­pery in places which ham­pered the ef­forts of many driv­ers es­pe­cially those at the top of the run­ning or­der. None more so than car one on the track, Steve Van der Brug, whose times on his sec­ond two runs which were held in re­verse run­ning or­der were 20 sec­onds faster than his first laps.

Heath and Rick tied for the fastest time on the first run of the day and com­ing into the last run of the day less than a sec­ond sep­a­rated the pair for first place. A cou­ple of very fast laps by Heath en­abled him to draw away and take his first win of the year on 745 sec­onds, seven sec­onds clear of sec­ond­placed Rick.

Phil Pyke cruised into third spot a fur­ther 16 sec­onds be­hind, while Steve Van der Brug and John Kenna rounded out the top five.

Graeme Colls had a mixed day, set­ting fastest times on sev­eral runs but then be­ing pe­nalised with a slow­est time on other runs for fail­ing to stop in the garage. He did this not once but three times.

In the Ju­nior Mo­torkhana Josh Yen­dle showed his ex­pe­ri­ence by claim­ing fastest time on all but two of the 15 runs to claim first spot. He was fol­lowed home by the fast im­prov­ing Macken­zie Barry and Brook­lyn Henry who was driv­ing for the very first time.

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