The Griffiths Report May Club Day 2017

I was awake in the early hours of Sunday morning listening to a gentle shower gradually turn into a downpour, followed by the arrival of thunder, and soon after lightning – so we might be in for a pretty ordinary May Club Day. Then again, I live a fair way from the Oakleigh circuit and maybe the weather there would be completely different – perhaps balmy with sunny skies and gentle breezes…. Nup! Rain and a chilling wind greeted the early arrivals and in the end we managed a modest 65 entries for the day.

By the time qualifying started the rain had gone and we had a track drying under bright sunshine, but the forecast for the afternoon was ominous – I think I heard the word “hail” in there somewhere, so we’ll see what happens.

This month a more lengthy report as I am ably assisted with the flag lights by none other than KV VP Adam Bourke, whose company I enjoyed for the day. Unfortunately no pics though, and with three heats and a final, the report gets awfully wordy, so give yourself a reward if you manage to plough through it all!

TAG 125 Light and TAG 125 Masters

Jesse Fenech off pole with Michael Carless beside him then Daniel Griffin, John Reynolds and Kain Kugimiya in Light, Continue reading

The Griffiths Report April Club Day 2017

Oakleigh’s March Club Day being held mid-month made it seem like a long break until the April event rolled around, so everybody was geared up for a good day. Weather was OK after recent rain – an overcast but mild day greeted us. Again, we have no one to do the flags so the report is a summary only – the club this month trialling two random draw heats, then a third heat based on points for the first two, then a final with starting positions based on all points for the day.

Since I have a little spot here to editorialize, can I just give karting a bit of a pat on the back for being such a great sport for parents to get involved in with their kids, as well as being a way of making lifelong friends and building character through the triumphs and adversity it delivers. So far this year I have made it to Clipsal in Adelaide, the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, the National karting round at Geelong a few weeks ago, the Phillip Island Historics, and the Phillip Island round of Supercars last weekend. At each of these events I have caught up with friends made through go karting, and watched kids I knew as go karters go on to bigger and better things in Motorsport. Even if you never do that, make the most of the time you spend karting with your kids – it’s over before you know it.

Editorial over – now to today’s racing:

TAG 125 Light and TAG 125 Masters

A blast from the past in Jesse Fenech off pole for the Final – almost certainly a junior the last time I saw him race, he had come through from mid pack for a win and a 2nd, then won the 3rd heat to start ahead of Jack Scanlan and Daniel Frencham, Shane Kovacs and Kain Kugimiya. Continue reading

Lap Records Broken At March Club Day 2017

The following lap records were broken at the the March 2017 Club Day races.

Congratulations drivers

  • Cadet 9 AMBROSE, Cadel 0:44.803
  • KA3 Senior Light CARLESS, Michael 0:40.174
  • KA3 Senior Medium REYNOLDS, John 0:41.263
  • Restricted 125 Light SOTIROPOULOS, Andrew 0:41.271
  • TAG 125 Light CARLESS, Michael 0:39.710
  • TAG 125 Heavy MATERA, Richard 0:40.571
  • TAG 125 Masters MARTIN, Timothy 0:40.656

Vale Andrew Martin

The Oakleigh Go Kart Racing Club sadly advises the passing of one of our members.

Mr Andrew Martin passed away on the 14.3.2017 (aged 56) after a battle with cancer.

Andrew was a great guy and loved what he did for his son Tom in racing. Our condolences go to his family.

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.