The Griffiths Report March Club Day 2017

The first Oakleigh Club Day report for 2017 after I missed the Feb Club Day, and March turns on a beauty with a forecast top somewhere north of 30 degrees and very little wind – a great day for it. Trying a new format, Oakleigh offers Qualifying, three Heats and a Final, so to save boring you all to death, the report that follows is only on the Final – 8 laps Heats and the need to do the flags doesn’t leave me time to say much about them!

KA3 Junior

Matthew Hillyer, Hamish Allan, Callum Potter and Pearson Grant the only 4 racing KA3 Junior this month and that was the starting order for the finals after Hillyer had won 2 Heats and Allan one. Hillyer got a good start and took the lead as Potter dropped back to 4th at the start and from there Hillyer drove away to a big win, Allan 2nd and Potter and Grant fighting it out for 3rd with both of them coming together only metres short of the finish line and Potter went around, and for a second looked like it might be a heartbreaking DNF with the finish in sight, but he managed to keep going and cross the line in 4th.

Cadet 9

Cadel Ambrose had won every Continue reading

Vale Michael Jones

The Oakleigh Go Kart Racing Club sadly advises the passing of one of our members. Mr Michael Jones, 39, passed away last week.

He had only been a member with us for a few years and raced Restricted 125.

Our condolences go to his family.

The family advises that the Funeral will be held at Bunurong Memorial Park on 9th March at 11.00 am.

Club Day Races February 25 2017

The first Club Day for 2017 is upon us and I hope you are all looking forward to a new season.

It’s time to dust off the kart and polish up that helmet as the first of 9 scheduled Club Days for 2017 will be this Saturday 25th February 2017. This is a Day/Night meeting.

The timetable for Saturday (subject to change)
Gates Open: 9:00 AM
Practice: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Entries Open: 11:30 AM
Entries Close: 12:30 PM
Drivers Briefing: 12:45 PM
Racing/Qualifying: 1:00 PM
Finish: 9:00PM (approx.)

Format
Heat 1 – Random Draw 10 Laps
Heat 2 – Reverse Heat 1 Grid 10 Laps
Heat 3 – Points From Heat 1 & 2 10 Laps
Final – Finishing Positions From Heat 3 12 Laps*
(P Platers To The Rear)
*Feature Class 14 Laps

Hope to see you there.

The Griffiths Report Junior Top Guns Round 2 2017

A cooler day for Saturday’s racing at Junior Top Guns 2017, maybe mid 20’s, a bit of a blustery wind, but no sign of the heavy rain that made qualifying and the first round of Heats a bit of a slog yesterday. Under sunny skies we got qualifying underway.

I need to say here that all results provided below are as they crossed the line. There were appeals and hearings underway as I left the track after a long day – the stewards of the meeting looked like having a longer one! Final results for the two days combined will follow.

Cadet 12

Fletcher Harris again off pole here, but with Damon Woods beside him, then Tex Starr-McKoy and Christian Cowie and at the go it’s Woods who gets the better of things to lead Harris and the rest around for a lap or 2. That is until Harris slides under Woods at JSKC and here we find Starr-McKoy and Cowie closing in too, so a group of 4 out front. Behind them Isaac Woodhouse, Ayrton Filippi, Brodie Thompson and Francis Carr, but the 4 out front continue to pull clear. 9 to go and Woods suffers some mystery failure coming into the Dipper and drops a number of spots, then comes back to life, now in 4th, but well back; Harris meanwhile continues out front, Starr-McKoy now in 2nd . Continue reading

The Griffiths Report Junior Top Guns Round 1 2017

So here we are again at Oakleigh in January – it’s Junior Top Guns time. As usual we have attracted Junior competitors from near and far with plenty of interstate number plates in the pits as I wandered around before we got going. At this early stage of the day the weather was warm and humid, but about half an hour before qualifying began the rain arrived. Junior Top Guns’ reputation for meteorological extremes looked like continuing!

Qualifying was therefore held in very wet conditions, quite heavy showers streaking across the track at times. Once we completed that, some soggy racing got underway.

Cadet 12

Fletcher Harris off pole with Steven Tsesmelis beside him and Tex Starr-McKoy and Matthew Domaschenz behind them as we got going in Heat 1 in wet conditions – and straight away we have disaster as Harris, Tsesmelis and Starr-McKoy are all out at JSKC when someone went through bowling ball style (I didn’t see who in the drenching conditions) allowing Domaschenz to inherit the lead, followed soon after by Jesse Lacey, Samuel Gibson and Christian Cowie. So they settled into this order, but bad luck for the first 3 all to be out so early in proceedings. Continue reading

Top Guns 2017

The 2017 Junior Top Guns is less than 2 weeks away, and pre-entries close this Sunday the 8th of January so jump on CMS and get yours in today.

The track will be open until 10pm on Wednesday the 11th of January for practice (Top Guns Competitors only from 5pm), and the canteen will be open in the evening for a BBQ dinner.

The track will be closed on Thursday the 12th of January.

Top Guns Accommodation Special Ends Tomorrow

Don’t forget, if you need accommodation for Top Guns you only have until tomorrow to save 15% at the Dingley International.

The gate will also be open all day tomorrow for non-members to access the track for practice.

We will be having our traditional Wednesday night practice for Top Guns competitors only on the 11th, the track will be open all day and until 10pm.