Words by Shane Murphy. Photos by Dick Reynolds and Shane Murphy.
With two competition events cancelled due to “noise complaints” and with the Noosa Hillclimb and Christmas fast approaching, Dick and I thought we would get in a little more car time and enter the HSCC October Khanacross.
For the week prior, South-East Queensland was treated to a series of storms and as the weekend crept closer the threat of more rain loomed, the bureau predicting over 100 millimetres of rain on Saturday and Sunday.
Well, the bureau was correct and as the dawn broke over Brisbane the rain bucketed down, nevertheless, we headed out to Willowbank, Dick feeling the brunt of it, with an hour’s wet slog, even before the track events started. Check out the BOM picture early Sunday morning!
34 cars entered, two tests were laid out, both challenging given the wet conditions. The first test was a tricky eleven corner blast through the car park, the second was a sprint, up and down the drag strip, with a loop and three sets of chicanes thrown in for good measure.
All 34 cars lined up, and cycled through both courses. After an hour the clerk of course declared that the drag strip test was a little dangerous in the pouring rain, so it was abandoned on safety grounds.
I had a good day with plenty of runs, no spins and no penalties, Dick on the other hand, had a day to forget with plenty of drift action and numerous 360º spins.
An early day given the rain and mud, but as usual a well organised event and plenty of laughs.
The HSCC had recently purchased a new timing kit, virtually identical to the kit Daryl purchased for our club a little while back and after a few hiccups, the gear performed brilliantly.
A nice warm up for Noosa in about three weeks.