The Griffiths Report June Club Day 2016

As I left my place in the outer ‘burbs for the June Club Day at Oakleigh, it was freezing – literally – zero degrees showing on my car readout as I waited for the demister to melt some of the ice on my windscreen. Of course what often follows such a cold, clear start is a beautiful sunny winter’s day. What we got instead was a bone chilling wind that sprang up from nowhere almost as soon as the sun rose, testing the resilience of both karters and officials as we shivered through one of the coldest days at the track I can remember. At least it didn’t rain!

Because I doubled up doing flag point lights, you only get the brief version of the report, as follows:

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Luke Medley pole and won Heat 1 from Darran Wade, as Kyle King was an unfortunate DNF with 3 to go taking him out of the race and elevating David Hutchinson into 3rd.

The Pre Final saw Medley take a big win, well ahead of Wade with King coming through for 3rd. Continue reading

The Griffiths Report Victorian Karting Series Sunday June 19 2016

A cool but clear start to the day as we fronted up to a Sunday that would see the Finals decided and we got going at 8.30 with the old guys out the gate first.

TAG Masters

The pair of Riddell’s, Steven and Glenn, went to the lead at the green, Kranz through to 3rd then Simpson, and behind him, Smith then Mark Poole. 4 laps in and the Riddell’s were getting closer together, Steven in front then Glenn, and at the same time further away from the rest of the pack – Kranz a lonely 3rd  having found a yard from yesterday, them a gap back to Smith, Poole Simpson and Martin. With 5 to go Kranz was noticeably closer to the lead pair and might be able to throw out a challenge soon. As always happens, the minute I wrote this Kranz’s progress seemed to halt and the Riddell’s were now maintaining the gap – Glenn now in the lead – they look so similar I didn’t notice the change, and that’s how they crossed the line.

Finals time as Glenn and Steven Riddell lead Simpson and Smith away but Simpson a wobbly entry to JSKC and slows dramatically on the way out , allowing the whole field through as he re-joins in last, so Smith now taking the challenge up to the Riddells, and Kranz right on his hammer too Continue reading

The Griffiths Report Victorian Karting Series Saturday June 18 2016

“Showers clearing, top of 13” according to the radio as I drove to the track early on Saturday morning, but the wipers told a different story as the rain pelted down during some parts of my trip. By the time we finished driver’s briefing and karters got ready for the Junior Practice Sessions and then Qualifying, the rain had indeed cleared, but it showed every sign of being a gloomy, chilly day all the same.

Practice and qualifying took us through to about midday and it looked like by the time we got to Heats it would be right for slicks, but sure enough KA3 Junior Qualifying saw a heavy rain shower arrive just as they went out the gate and we had a field half on slicks and half on wets and times all over the place. So racing got underway on a soaking wet track in the end.

TAG Masters

Water streamed across the track as we got Heat 1 underway – Heats now reduced to 10 laps. Steven Riddell getting to the lead after a couple of soggy and slippery laps, behind him Glenn Riddell, then Phil Smith recovering from a start where he was stuck behind a slow starting pole man in Stephen Simpson, Simpson now back in 4th. Steven Riddell had the conditions mastered, running around a second faster than anyone else, particularly brother Glenn Continue reading

The Griffiths Report Kingston Cup 2016

Oakleigh’s Kingston Cup was held on Saturday 21st of May and the day dawned cool and clear. Karters rolled up looking forward to heats and pre finals through the day and then at least some of the finals under lights tonight.

Cadet 9

Cadets 9Liam O’Donnell the fastest qualifier and after a starting infringement in Heat 1 and a win in Heat 2 he started 3rd for the Pre Final, Sam Whiteford and Ayrton Filippi ahead of him, with Toby Dvorak and Cadel Ambrose behind him. O’Donnell took the lead soon after the green and was never headed in the PF, Whiteford and Filippi behind him and Ruby Gibson slotting into 4th ahead of Ambrose and Dvorak.

O’Donnell then took the lead at the start of the Final and immediately a gap back to Whiteford, Filippi, Gibson and Dvorak. Eventually Whiteford pulled clear of the pack to be a solid 2nd, but O’Donnell was g-o-r-n. It would take a mechanical failure you would think. So interest switched to the minor placings, where Whiteford had now dropped back to the pack, ahead still of Filippi, Gibson and Dvorak. Other than Dvorak Continue reading