7th & 8th AUGUST

The Douglas Shire Motor Sport Association hosted the first round of the annual Inter-club Khanacross Challenge against the FNQ Motor Sport Club over the weekend of 7th & 8th of October. The event also doubled as the eighth round 2021 Club Championship.

Being the home round of the series the local drivers were confident of taking it up to Cairns mob.

With gun Mossman driver, Heath Barry unable to compete due to work commitments, the task was made more difficult by the late defection to the dark side by long time club supporters Rick Ranscombe and Shane Buchanan.

With reliability issues hanging over Buchanan’s Mitsubishi VR4 it was shaping up to be an interesting weekend.
Right from the get go Buchanan had the VR4 on fire though, setting the first five fastest times. Ranscombe, not to be out done also recorded four fastest times in his Nissan Pulsar.

The usually competitive Subaru of John and Krista Kenna and Shane North’s Ford Laser were all off the pace and it was left to the Perry family to carry the flag for the local club.

Bruce and Cain both chipped in with a couple of fastest times during the day while Seth managed to round out the top five at completion of racing on Saturday.

Sunday dawned overcast and showery making the track slippery and almost unusable. Some drivers were disadvantaged when another shower came mid morning and forced racing to stop for half an hour.

The Perry family continued setting fastest times, first Cain, then Seth, then Cain, then Bruce and then Cain again. Unfortunately, a penalty for Cain for a wrong direction derailed his attempt at moving up the leader board.

Seth Perry was the big mover on Sunday jumping from fifth to third outright and first junior, a great result for the sixteen year old.

Despite a late rally Buchanan dropped to second outright giving the win to Ranscombe.

Bruce Perry was fourth while Cairns driver Christian Coates rounded out the top five.

Trevor Thompson climbed from his overnight tenth spot to sixth outright and first in the RWD class.

Krista Kenna was first in the Ladies class ahead of Donna Edwards and birthday girl Mackenzie Barry.

Thirteen year old Dylan Furche impressed in only his third event taking the wheel of his Subaru by him self saying that “having his Dad in as an instructor gave him a weight disadvantage”

After the first round FNQ lead the challenge 12 points to 8.

It was a disappointing result for the local club and they are looking to make amends at the second and final round in Herberton at the end of September.




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