|Provisional Results round one|
|Name||Club||Class||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Total|
|Steven Van der Brug||FNQMS||D||6||2||6||14|
The final round of the NQ Khanacross series was held at Mossman last weekend (14-15 October) in bright sunny conditions. Those of you may remember that the previous 2 years day two was washed out by torrential rain. This years campers had a slight scare at 4:00am when the rain started, but it soon stopped.
Coming into round 3 Tim Hall in his SSS pulsar and Heath Barry in the mighty Micra where tied on points for the outright placing’s and some of the classes where to close to call. It all came down to the final round and Saturday started hot, fast and dusty.
Heath set the pace on lap one. Rick set the next two fasted times but more importantly, Tim clawed back time on Heath. The series lead swapped continually between the pair with Heath setting impressive times but loosing all the advantage in just one poor run then retaking the lead a few runs later.
Meantime FNQ club crocodile member, Kevin in his SSS was setting the pace from where he left of in round two, in a faultless display to be well clear of the field in first place. It was all SSS pulsar out in front and with a veritable 6 entrants out of 25 driving the mighty machines it was little wonder that towards the final 2 runs for the weekend that three of them featured in the top three. Rick in his SSS was within .9 of a second from taking the outright position from Kevin.
Saturday racing concluded with six drivers all possible outright contenders. The Mossman club lived up to their reputation and put on a fabulous feast for dinner and deserts to match. The tracks held up well all day though a little dusty, the wind always blew the dust away so wasn’t a problem for spectators or drivers. Sunday Breakfast provided by the Mossman club was every bit as good as it looked but all competitors where keen to start racing. A water truck Saturday night settled the dust on the lower track and a brief shower early morning took care of the rest. The hills came alive too the sound of …. A thumping V8 driven by Shane. It didn’t take long for the dust to re-emerge especially after president bob held the large Falcon on full lock from corner to corner billowing great clouds of dust and not to be out done the Blue Bird piloted by Sam, slid gracefully sideways around every bend.
The completion was close all the way down the order with many bragging rights battles taking place between drivers. In the end the Nq series was decided in the last three runs. Unfortunately for Heath he hit a course marker incurring a five second penalty, which shot Tim to the lead. On the second last lap Heath managed to claw back almost two seconds on Tim. This left a all out battle for the final lap of the series with Heath posting the fastest time but only .41 quicker than Tim who bettered his previous run by 2.42 seconds which made the final winning margin a slim 2.39 seconds. O so close after six days of racing over three events it still came down to the final run.
Having won round two Kevin won this event convincingly by just over 7 seconds from Rick and must be ruing his round one event performance, scoring only two points too finish 3rd in the series outright.
2017 NQ Khanacross Series results.
Out Right Result.
1st Tim Hall
2nd Heath Barry
3rd Kevin Durose
4th Rick Ranscombe
5th Steven Van der Brug
1st Heath Barry
1st Kym Hall
2nd Kara North
3rd Deb Melrose
1st Heath Barry
2nd Shane North
3rd Kara North
1st Tim Hall
2nd Kevin Durose
3rd Rick Ranscombe
1st Steven Van der Brug
2nd John Sutton
3rd Shane Buchanan
On behalf of Dave and myself we wish to thank all the drivers in the series for traveling to all the events. The clubs for hosting the series rounds and all the volunteers we rely on to have these events. Our series sponsors, Triple T truck hire – S & A Automotive & Éclat Visual Brilliance.
We are planning the 2018 calendar so watch this space.
Steven Van der Brug.
Round 2. Held at Rally Sport Park Mareeba, west of Cairns lived up to it's reputation of being dry. Well mostly dry with some very light persipatation falling late Saturday afternoon and over night. Nothing like the rain on other parts of the tablelands and not enough to dampen the racing and certainly not the dust.
A total of Twenty Nine drivers lined up including Seventeen series competitors, some traveling over 900km one-way to attended what has become a very friendly series filled with laughs and mate-ship. Last years winner, Andrew Horn started with a flurry setting the first two fastest times closely followed by last event winner Rowan Trewick. Andrews competitive run ended when his Corollas engine knocking foretold of imminent doom. Local driver crocodile Kevin, in his new Pulsar put in a faultless driving display setting 8 fastest times out of the 21 runs for the weekend. Rowan stayed in touch with the leaders until he made two wrong directions and then failed to start the last four runs. Junior driver Heath Barry didn't place a wheel wrong all weekend and that showed in the final results. Mark Horder's Soarer didn't handle some of Mareeba's rougher sections, ripping the inter-cooler piping from its mount. He managed to repair the damage and continue until finishing the event in the club car. Steve Van der Brug, acting as Assistant Clerk of the Course for the first time, hit a tree on run three in his 570SX but managed to continue for the rest of the event.
The FNQ club put on a spectacular dinner for the racers and family Saturday night. Lots of club members brought a dish of food, including some of the Mossman club members. It was all organised by Kylie and when it was all put together it was fabulous, as was the breakfast cooked by the Thompson family on Sunday morning.
The tracks deteriorated on Sunday with some very loose sections challenging the drivers and cars for grip and the ultimate racing line. At the end of the weekend when the dust settled the leader board has some surprising results with two rounds completed and the final at Mossman Tim Hall from Whit Sundays has jumped to the lead closely followed by Junior Heath and at least 3 other possible out right contenders.
Results for round 2. 1st Outright Kevin Durose 21:17.38 2nd Heath Barry 21:34.77 3rd Tim Hall 21:45.72 1st Ladies Kym Hall 1st Junior Heath Barry
ROUND 1. Was held at the whit Sundays Tonker Park 10 Km south of Proserpine on the May Day long weekend. 25 Series competitors battled though changing conditions along with 15 non series competitors to see one of the largest fields of 40 drivers compete over the two day event. The event ran smoothly through out Saturday with no car damage or retirees. Local track knowledge helped Tim Hall set the early pace after lap one. Rowan adjusted his tyre pressures and was hardly headed all day by most of the field but finishing less then a second faster then Greame Colls in his AWD Subaru and Tim Hall only nine one hundredth of a second behind. Junior, Heath Barry in the mighty Micra was a further 6 seconds behind placed in fourth. After him it was daylight but some very close completion rounded out the top ten.
Sunday morning the starting garages were lined up side by side for the two tracks. This proved popular at last years event and this year was no exception. The first run all drivers had to contend with the wet conditions, with the inside track proving very slippery in places as a few drivers found out as they skidded into the tyres or of the track. The early runners had the worst of the conditions which reflected in the times. The drizzle abated and the track gripped up nicely as the second run started. By the third run dust prevailed again as drivers had the opportunity to elect whom they wish to run against. The spectators were in for a treat as big V8s lined up against each other but the high light was the closely matched Celica of Rowan lined up against the small mighty Micra driven by junior competitor Heath. The turbo monster class D Celica only inched away from the micra down the straight and was slightly ahead at the braking duel into the garage for both runs.
Well done to Rowan winning outright 1st. Tim out right 2nd and Heath for out right 3rd. 1st Ladies Deb closely followed by Kym and 3rd Kara. 1st Juniors Heath 2nd Jody Greame winning out right 1st in AWD