The Griffiths Report 2018 Junior Top Guns Round 2

Here we are for Day 2 of Junior Top Guns in 2018 – a cloudy Saturday with a forecast that includes the phrases “rain” and “hail” – so look out! There might be more exciting weather on the way. We also need to thank the generous sponsors of our Top Guns meeting who include Page Bros RV, Baron Karts, Melbourne Kart Centre, Kerbrider, Kingston Trophies, J&A Kart Tuning, Shamick Racing and of course DPE Kart Technology for their generous donation of the Arrow chassis that will be drawn following tonight’s presentation – their support has covered many years of Junior Top Guns. See the end of the report for details of the lucky winner!! Also the shots that are part of the report are provided by Andrew Daley of AKD photography – see more of his work at AKD photos on the internet.

I don’t think anyone turned a wheel with a slick on it last night, so let’s hope we get at least some dry racing today. Qualifying began on a wet track but the rain had stopped, by the time we went racing it was damp but not raining.

Note that at the end of each class I have listed the overall winners who are decided by the results from both nights of racing. Please also note that while the combined results are confirmed, the report itself lists karters as they crossed the line and subsequent penalties may have changed the race result.

KA4 Junior Heavy C&D

A new pole man here as Riley Jabke pops up in P1, then Braden Clark, Billy Bishop and Ryan Cook Continue reading

The Griffiths Report 2018 Junior Top Guns Round 1

Here we are again at Oakleigh in January – it’s Junior Top Guns time. I found myself reading the start of the 2017 Friday report when I got to the track today, and was struck by the similarity in the weather a year ago – humid, hot, and then just as Qualifying was getting set to begin it poured with rain – same in 2018. By the time Clerk of Course Adam Bourke finished Drivers’ Briefing today he was shouting to be heard above the rain drumming on the grid roof. Better than the days when we didn’t have a roof I guess!

This must be about the 15th year Oakleigh has run Junior Top Guns and it remains a great way to kick off the year. Young karters get the chance to race under lights and generally blow the cobwebs out. Lots of competitors have gone on to bigger things. I can remember watching Matthew Brabham race Junior Light here and Junior Clubman; many others have had a crack at Top Guns at Oakleigh and below I have included a shot of a young Scott McLaughlin in his 2008 breakout year in karting. He began the year by winning Junior Clubman at Oakleigh’s Top Guns then went on to win the Vic Open in the same class – and has since done one or two other handy things in motor racing! Who knows what the future holds for this year’s KA3 winner.

Qualifying was therefore set to begin in very wet conditions Continue reading

Lap Records Broken At Class Titles 2017

The following drivers recently broke lap records at the 2017 Class Titles. Congratulations Steven and Matthew.

KA4 Junior Light TSESMELIS, Steven 0:40.991 25/11/2017 Class Titles
KA3 Junior       HILLYER, Matthew  0:39.997 25/11/2017 Class Titles