3rd-4th October 2020 Interclub Challenge Results

The Douglas Shire Motor Sport Association hosted the second round of the Interclub Challenge against FNQ Motor Sport Club over the October long weekend.

The club held a commanding 13 to 7 point lead after the first round held at Herberton and were confident of pulling off a threepeat after having won in 2018 and 2019.

Of course the Cairns Club had other ideas and enlisted some of their gun drivers for the event in the likes of Graeme Colls, Phil Pike both driving Subaru WRXs and Rick Ranscombe. Ranscombe who is a member of both clubs, raced for FNQ (traitor) along with their President, Kylie Portelli and her partner Sam Madge. Both were driving their newly acquired BMW E36.
Heading the line up for the local club was former club champion, Heath Barry along with John and Krista Kenna, Shane North and Rob Bassett.

With points awarded to the top five outright plus class winners the importance of finishing in the top five was paramount.
By the end of racing on Saturday only six seconds separated the top five drivers. Ranscombe had powered his Nissan Pulsar in to first place, less than .1 of a second ahead of Barry. Late penalties to Colls and Pike dropped the pair to third and fourth respectively while John Kenna rounded out the top five.

Krista Kenna , sixth outright held a commanding lead over Deb Melrose in the Ladies class. In the rear wheel drive class, Rob Bassett held a narrow lead over Sam Madge.

The points tally still in DSMSA’s favour 21 to 19 points.

After a hearty breakfast on Sunday morning, racing resumed at a frenetic pace with Ranscombe, Barry and Colls all recording fastest times.

The DSMSA suffered an early set back when Shane North, who had been in sixth place over night was forced to retire with gearbox problems in his Ford Laser. The major problem being half of it was on the ground.

Sam Madge was starting to get a handle on his new Beamer and was slowly able to close the gap to Rob Bassett, eventually finishing fifteen seconds ahead and securing the all important point in the rear wheel drive class.

By the final run for the day, a two lap dash around the outside track, Colls had powered his Subaru back into second place effectively ensuring a win for the Cairns Club, but another late penalty for striking a course marker (probably while he was busy adjusting his sunvisor) dropped him back down to third place.

Ranscombe showed why he is the current club champion, steering his Nissan into first place ahead of the gallant Barry, who spent all weekend fighting off the more powerful all wheel drives of Colls, Pike and John Kenna.
Krista Kenna was sixth outright and first in the Ladies class ahead of Deb Melrose and Kylie Portelli
Josh Yendle and Daniel Andrews battled hard all weekend to win the junior class with Yendle’s experience proving the difference.

The Challenge points were added up and after a full weekend’s racing both clubs were tied on 20 points.

A race off was quickly organised between the two clubs fastest driver. A two lap sprint around the bottom loop in the club Camry. Both drivers pushed the Camry to its limits while the clubs stood by and cheered their driver. Alas there can be only one winner and Ranscombe was just too quick for Barry winning by less than half a second and securing the trophy for the Cairns Club.

Heath praised Rick’s efforts in winning, but noted that as he was at a disadvantage. “I was first out so had cold tyres” he said “They were nice and warm when Rick hopped in”

Although disappointed DSMSA club president Bob Errey paid tribute to the efforts of his clubs drivers. “We tried hard all weekend but came up just short. That’s racing I guess” he said “Well done to the Cairns mob, they deserved the win”




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Photos by Kelly Davies

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