8th December 2012 - Final event

The Douglas Shire Motor Sports Association’s last event for the year was held on Saturday 8th December at the Reef & Rainforest Track with perfect racing conditions. The track had been freshly graded during the week and it was time to sort out who would be the Club Champion for 2012.

We were fortunate enough to have multiple Australian Rally champion, Ross Dunkerton compete in the event in his beautifully prepared BDG Escort which kept the competitors on their toes and eager to keep on the pace.

Four juniors competed fiercely against each other showing their improved skills with the final victory of the day going to Jaidyn Farmer on 345 seconds followed by Kara North in second place on 350 seconds. Flynn Dunkerton competing in only his first event finished in third on 521 seconds.

Flynn’s trophy was to go missing the next morning, before eventually being found in their Motel room rubbish bin. Rumours that Ross had something to do with it are probably true.

In the Khanacross the track proved slightly tricky in some sections, as the grading had created some soft and slippery spots that drivers had not previously been used to. Some minor driving slip ups occurred of penalty cones being hit, spinning out around corners and Hayley Kenna loosing a bumper bar mid course.

Ross Dunkerton lead for much of the day but a ”seniors” moment in the last run of the day saw Ross take a wrong direction and hand the lead to John Kenna. John was able to keep the lead and finish on a time of 509 seconds.
Finishing in second only two seconds further back was Matt Coulson on 511 seconds with his father Dave finishing third, a perfect podium finish with all three driving Fords!

The results for the Ladies at the end of the day was Krista “Legend” O’Dell in first place, Stacie “Sweetie” Stephensen in second place and Hayley “Hooligan” Kenna in third place. In fourth place was Erin Kenna who had turned fourteen since the last event enabling her to drive in the khanacross for the first time.

Also competing for the first time was Mario Russo who drove well to finish third in the over two litre class.
Next year will see several more juniors graduate to the bigger track including Jaidyn and Kara, while young Taylor North is counting down the days to her twelve birthday and the chance to drive for the first time.

This year has seen as increase in the number of participants throughout the year and the enthusiasm of drivers makes the events a fun family day that anyone can have a go at. We hope to see all the members again next year when the season kicks off again around March/April. (depending on the wet season)

A huge thank you to all our sponsors including Burmack, Top End Paint & Panel and Douglas Shire Gas Service and to all those people who volunteer throughout the year.

The 2013 calendar will be released some time in the New Year, so until then have a safe and happy Christmas.

Cheers Bob Errey
President DSMSA

10th December 2011 Khanacross results



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