The 11th Aug 2013 Khanacross and Junior Motorkhana results

Finally, a beautiful rain free race day, welcomed Douglas Shire Motor Sport competitors to the Reef & Rainforest track on Sunday with twenty five drivers lining up for the Khanancross event, including new members Stephanie Byrne and Dale Knight and five twelve and thirteen year olds ready to race in the junior Motorkhana

With perfect conditions and the track well and truly ready, all the drivers were very keen to get out and give it a go. In the Khanacross event there were thrills and spills with the first lap seeing John Kenna’s Laser suffer a blocked carburettor. This was quickly fixed but seemed to put a jinx on him for the rest of the day, as he was outright winner for hitting the most cones for the day.

Bob Errey’s usually reliable Cortina suffered rear suspension failure, forcing him to change cars for the rest of the day.

The usual fierce but friendly rivalry between partners Brad Rowsell and Stacey Stephensen and John Kenna and Krista O’Dell as well as the father son duo of Dave & Matt Coulson, was ever present. The pace was fast on the track and so were the excuses back in the pits.

In the end the grip of Bruce Perry’s Subaru and consistent runs paid off with outright first over all. In second place was Dave Coulson, pipping his son Matt on the final run, who came in third place. Matt is no longer in the junior class and experienced firsthand a ‘senior’s moment’ on the final leg by taking a wrong direction and dropping him from first to third.

Krista O’Dell’s fourth place overall gave her first in the Ladies class, with Stacie Stephensen in second place and Hayley Kenna in third. In the juniors class it was very competitive with Hayley Kenna in first place, just nudging out Josh Coulson in second by .38 seconds, with Jaidyn Farmer in an impressive third.

Competing in only his second event Christopher Dwyer led from the front to take a convincing win in the junior motorkhana ahead of Cassidy Pumpa and the ever-improving Taylor North.

The results for the juniors really show how they are increasing their driving skills and awareness of practising these skills safely.

It was great day and many thanks to all our members, spectators, sponsors, and most of all the organisers who make these events happen. The Associations next event is on 1st September.



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