While driver Russell Mason was driving like a champion, and close to taking Sunday’s khanacross, it was his engine catching fire close to the end that ended that possibility.
While driver Russell Mason was driving like a champion, and close to taking Sunday’s khanacross, it was his engine catching fire close to the end that ended that possibility. Contributed

'Blinder' day at khanacross

IT TAKES a lot to impress Anthony Tanzer but he had plenty to say about Sunday's khanacross at Rosel Park.

“We had a blinder of a day,” he enthused.

What stirred Tanzer was not so much the high number of entries but the breakdown of those who nominated.

“There were 33 entries and more than 10 of those were juniors,” he said.

To participate, a driver has to be over 12 years of age and for the first two years has to compete with a competent co-driver.

Chloe Tanzer was one of the youngsters keen to participate after celebrating her 12th birthday three days before Sunday's event.

“She did okay finishing in the middle of the field, but she definitely enjoyed herself,” Tanzer said.

Winner of the junior section was Gladstone's Braden Mark, with Rhys Weston second and then the Brosnan kids, Katie and Jack, in third and fourth place respectively.

While the young drivers enjoy getting behind the wheel of a car and having fun driving in a controlled environment, there is a serious side to khanacross as these youngsters are able to get a number of years of driving experience before it is time to go for their road licence.

Not only were there plenty of young drivers out to prove their skills, there were also a number of senior female drivers.

Recently there was a rally at the Capricorn Resort and the female navigator for competitor Russell Mason decided it was so good she would take part in the khanacross which could be considered as a short course rally.

Tanzer said the women's competition was very close with the winner also seventh overall.

Mason also thought he would try the short course in his Nissan Patrol.

These events are usually taken out comfortably by Gordon Fischer in his VW Golf but Mason looked certain to cause a major surprise and led going into the final stages.

“Gordon is always very quick and so he is the target,” Tanzer said.

However, tragedy struck Mason.

“Russell was set to win until his engine detonated,” Tanzer joked.

With Mason out of the running, that gave Fischer another win, taking the event by 17 seconds and in a time of 13.0864 minutes recorded over a total of 12 tests.

Second was Jason St John in a Toyota LandCruiser and the margin between him and third-placed James Scott was much closer with just a fraction of a second separating them.

There is plenty more action in motorkhana and khanacross over the next month.

Tanzer said in two weeks time there would be an event on bitumen at the carpark of Austadium in Gracemere.

Then Capricorn Coast Rally Sports Club is to hold an event on September 4 at the Caves Showgrounds.



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