Barry off to the big show
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.
Anthony Baldwin in his Holden Commodore