DRIVING IN THE DUST: Whitsunday Sporting Car Club driver Chris Weigand kept control of the Holden V8 Commodore he was driving at the club's preliminary Khanacross on Saturday at Tonker Park in Proserpine. Photo Aimee Vinci / Whitsunday Times
DRIVING IN THE DUST: Whitsunday Sporting Car Club driver Chris Weigand kept control of the Holden V8 Commodore he was driving at the club's preliminary Khanacross on Saturday at Tonker Park in Proserpine. Photo Aimee Vinci / Whitsunday Times

Cars chew dust at khanacross

KHANACROSS

WHEELS were spinning and the dust was flying at Tonker Park in Proserpine last weekend as 19 competitors took to the start line in for Whitsunday Sporting Car Club's December khanacross.

Local drivers took the opportunity to go head on with travelling competitors from Mackay, Rockhampton and Capella.

One competitor even travelled to the event from Perth after organising his work training to coincide with the race meeting.

About 70 spectators also turned up on the weekend to watch some great motorsports action.

Whitsunday Sporting Car Club driver Drew Denman said it was a great race meeting to end the year.

"Getting 19 competitors to the meet was a good turn out," he said. "It was very competitive racing. At the end of the day there was only one minute separating the [entire] field."

The field was made up of a variety of cars as well as some beginners and juniors with Gordon Fischer from Rockhampton taking the win in his purpose built Volkswagen Golf.

Chris Baxter finished second in his Toyota Celica and third was Clay Weston driving a Daihatsu Charade.

Chasing close on their heals were representatives from the Whitsunday Sporting Car Club including Warren Morton in a Ford Laser and Ross Marriot in a Holden Commodore. Denman said the race meet gave drivers taking part in the 2012 Central Queensland Khanacross Championship a chance to come and inspect the track before race points were on the line. The CQ championship is a five round series with competitors from the Capricorn Coast Car Club, Central Queensland Motorsports Club Whitsunday Sporting Car Club going head to head for championship glory.

The Whitsunday club will be hosting two rounds of the championship next year - much to the delight of Denman.

"We're hoping to get in excess of 40 competitive drivers here," Denman said.

Prior to this the club will be hosting their first event of 2012 on Sunday, February 19.

This will be a motorkhana event - the starting point for anyone wanting to get into the sport.

Denman said anyone interested in the sport or the local club should contact him via email at wscc@ymail.com.


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