Barry off to the big show

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

WITH some com­peti­tors “not al­lowed” to com­pete be­cause of Moth­ers Day com­mit­ments a smaller than usual field of driv­ers lined up for the fourth round of the Dou­glas Shire Mo­tor Sports As­so­ci­a­tion’s 2017 Club Cham­pi­onship last Sun­day.

Held at the club’s North Moss­man track the Khanacross and Ju­nior Mo­torkhana had been post­poned from the pre­vi­ous Sun­day due to rain.

The track was dry and saw fast lap times.

Fresh from a forth place fin­ish at the first round of the NQ Khanacross Series in Proser­pine two weeks ago, 15-yearold Heath Barry was quick out of the blocks, set­ting the fastest time on the first run in his Nis­san Mi­cra.

Barry clocked fastest times on all 12 runs, fin­ish­ing nearly one minute clear of his near­est ri­val.

Cairns driver Rick Ranscombe tried hard to match Barry’s times but his Toy­ota Corolla was un­able to catch the club’s 2016 cham­pion and he was forced to set­tle for sec­ond spot.

John Kenna and fi­ancée Krista O’Dell had a ding-dong bat­tle for third, with both push­ing their Ford Laser to the lim­its. Un­for­tu­nately for O’Dell a cou­ple of slow runs late in the day al­lowed Kenna to pull away and claim third spot.

An­thony Bald­win was the first of the rear wheel drive cars bring­ing home his Holden Com­modore in fifth spot, de­spite spin­ning on the sec­ond last run and cop­ping a penalty for hit­ting a track marker.

Just two com­peti­tors lined up in the Ju­nior Mo­torkhana for 12 and 13 year olds. Brook­lyn Henry started the day strongly record­ing fastest time on the first ten runs.

Af­ter that Macken­zie Barry picked up the pace beat­ing Henry on the last seven. For­tu­nately Henry had built up a large enough lead to hang on for the win ahead of the fast fin­ish­ing Barry.

Fol­low­ing his win on Sun­day, his sec­ond for the year and his fourth in Proser­pine Heath has set his sights on the Aus­tralian Khanacross Cham­pi­onship in Melbourne in Novem­ber. “Dad is go­ing to take two weeks off work and tow the car down for me and I am go­ing to fly down on the Fri­day,” Barry said.

Heath’s fa­ther, Craig, said the big­gest hur­dle was the ex­pense of the 6000km round trip tow­ing the race­car to Vic­to­ria. “We have al­ready got some spon­sors on board in­clud­ing Zam­mataro Plumb­ing, Marano’s Fu­els, BME Elec­tri­cal, Moss­man Tyre Ser­vice and S & A Au­to­mo­tive,” he said.

Picture: KELLY DAVIES

An­thony Bald­win in his Holden Com­modore

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