WHAT DUST? Local driver Thomas Craig tackles the track.
WHAT DUST? Local driver Thomas Craig tackles the track. NICK KOSSATCH

Dust settles as Jamies dominate in Dusty Valley Khanacross

SIXTY millimetres of rain may have robbed the Dusty Gully Khanacross of its dust, but it actually enhanced the action of the event last weekend.

Jamie Yule claimed the A-grade division in his Mitsubishi Mirage, taking advantage of the clear conditions with no dust present due to the compacted track.

Jamie Overend, in his Corolla, and Maryborough's Ian Armstrong were second and third respectively.

Central Coast Car Club president Keith Honour said three tracks were set out, offering different challenges around each corner.

"It was a hugely successful event with 22 starters greeting the starting flag," Honour said.

John Wood of Bundaberg powers through.
John Wood of Bundaberg powers through. NICK KOSSATCH

He said the name of the event was ironic given the weather, and perhaps the conditions went against it.

"Dusty Gully was its name, but 60mm of overnight rain saw the track perfect for racing and with very little dust," Honour said.

The natural terrain event cut its way between trees, around sweeping curves and through a couple of straight sections at the start and finish of the course.

Other winners were Steve Ebenestelli in the B-grade in his Datsun 180B.

Gracemere’s Rod Sheppard negotiates.
Gracemere’s Rod Sheppard negotiates. NICK KOSSATCH

He was too good for second-placed Sam McPherson and David Byrne while it was girl power in C-grade.

Cassandra Fitzgerald was first in her Mitsubishi Mirage ahead of Josh Ahern and Kev Minter.

Honour said 2016 would be a busy year with a major off-road event planned for Saturday and Sunday, February 13 and 14.

"We're also planning a couple of rally sprints and three more khanacross events for 2016 on a block of land that we have pushed for over the past four years and we are very grateful to everyone who has helped us along the way," Honour said.


A-GRADE: 1st Jamie Yule, 2nd Jamie Overend, 3rd Ian Armstrong

B-GRADE: 1st Steve Ebenestelli, 2nd Sam McPherson, 3rd David Byrne

C-GRADE: 1st Cassandra Fitzgerald, 2nd Josh Ahern, 3rd Kev Minter