PEDAL TO THE METAL
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.