Fi­nal run the de­cider

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

IT was so close – af­ter six days of racing over three events, the NQ Khanacross Se­ries came down to the fi­nal run.

Kevin Durose won this event by more than seven sec­onds from Rick Ran­combe.

The third and fi­nal round of the se­ries was at Moss­man last week­end (14-15 October) in bright sunny con­di­tions.

Com­ing into the round Tim Hall in his triple S Pul­sar and Heath Barry in the mighty Mi­cra where tied on points for the out­right plac­ings and some of the classes were to close to call, so it all came down to the fi­nal round and Saturday started hot, fast and dusty.

Barry set the pace on lap one. Rick Ranscombe set the next two fasted times but more im­por­tantly, Hall clawed back time on Barry. The se­ries lead swapped con­tin­u­ally between the pair.

Mean­time FNQ club mem­ber, Kevin Durose in another triple S Pul­sar was set­ting the pace from where he left of in round two, in a fault­less dis­play to be well clear of the field in first place. It was all Pul­sars out in front and with a ver­i­ta­ble six en­trants out of the field of 26 driv­ing the mighty ma­chines, it was lit­tle won­der that to­wards the fi­nal two runs on Saturday that they held the top three spots, with Ranscombe within just 0.9 of a sec­ond from tak­ing the out­right po­si­tion from Durose.

Sunday break­fast pro­vided by the Moss­man club was ev­ery bit as good as it looked but all com­peti­tors where keen to start racing. A wa­ter truck Saturday night set­tled the dust on the lower part of the track and a brief shower early morn­ing took care of the rest.

With the hills com­ing alive to the sounds of thump­ing V8s and four cylin­ders scream­ing on the rev lim­iter, it didn’t take long for the dust to re-emerge es­pe­cially af­ter pres­i­dent Bob held the large Falcon on full lock from cor­ner to cor­ner, bil­low­ing great clouds of dust.

Not to be out done the Blue­bird pi­loted by Sam Madge slid grace­fully side­ways around ev­ery bend.

The com­pe­ti­tion was close all the way down the or­der with many brag­ging rights bat­tles between driv­ers.

In the end the Se­ries was de­cided in the last three runs. Barry hit a course marker, in­cur­ring a five sec­ond penalty, which shot Hall into third place for the week­end and first place in the se­ries. Barry recorded fastest times on the last two runs but it was not enough to claw back the deficit.

Dou­glas Shire Mo­tor Sport As­so­ci­a­tion se­ries win­ners

Bob Er­rey in the big Falcon

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