PEDAL TO THE METAL

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

IT’S foot to the floor once the time­keeper gives the thumbs up.

You race against yourself and the clock.

The dirt is a fine pow­der un­der the wheels, those driv­ing a rear­wheel drive just have to com­mit when tak­ing those tight cor­ners.

You just have to trust yourself and the car.

You slip, slide and get a bit of air­time but you make it back to the garage with a grin on your face and you beat your fastest time.

This is what it’s like in the front seat of a car at a Dou­glas Shire Mo­tor Sports As­so­ci­a­tion meet.

DSMSA operates just north of Moss­man at the Reef and Rain­for­est track.

The dirt track has many dif­fer­ent vari­a­tions, twists and turns that would test even the most ex­pe­ri­enced driver.

Club pres­i­dent Bob Er­rey said it’s a great way for the whole fam­ily to have fun.

“Some peo­ple try it out for a day and they get out of the car af­ter their first run with a smile on their face and they keep com­ing back,” he said.

“They get re­ally into it, there’s friendly rivalry to it and it’s def­i­nitely a great way to get into mo­tor­sport.”

You don’t even need a driv­ers li­cence to race.

The club also has cars avail­able to hire, and it’s free hire for ju­niors.

“You can start driv­ing at the age of 12 and all you need is a me­chan­i­cally safe car, with a horn and a fire ex­tin­guisher,” Mr Er­rey said.

The Ju­niors drive in con­trolled con­di­tions with an in­struc­tor and they have a lot of fun do­ing it.

When the ju­niors turn 14years-old and are con­fi­dent enough, they’re grad­u­ate to the full track.

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