The Griffiths Report August Club Day 2017

For Oakleigh’s August Club Day we run the now traditional Saturday Day / Night meeting as we prepare to shake off winter generally come out of hibernation. Winter wasn’t entirely done with though as we raced through a chilly and cloudy afternoon that turned into a rainy evening which livened up a few of the later races. We ran two heats, a pre final and a final for August with the heats drawn random and reverse – my preferred race format for Club Days if anyone cares!

The report this month is a shortened version as I was also doing flags and with a number of combined classes and some wet races towards the end it is all a bit short on details. Apologies if I missed your particularly spectacular passing move, but here’s what I saw:

TAG R Light

Nicholas Flodstrom and Cameron Hutchinson off the front Continue reading

General Meeting August 8 2017

As per the Clubs “Statement of Purpose (Constitution) Rule 31 (2)” the next Club General Meeting will be on Tuesday 8th August 2017.  This is a forum where you as members can come and ask questions of the committee, ask questions about the Club, listen what is happening around the Club.

If you have anything you would like discussed at the August General Meeting please let myself, David Bell (, Sam Sera ( or Vern Kranz ( know and we will have it included in the Agenda.

There will be opportunity to bring up other items on the night when we get the General Business section of the night but if you know of something please let us know in advance.

Several Lap Records Broken In June And July 2017

The following drivers recently broke the lap records for their respective classes. Congratulations drivers.!!!

Cadet 9 DVORAK, Toby 0:44.778 25/6/2017 Club Day
KA3 Junior PANCIONE, Christian 0:40.029 9/7/2017 VKS 2017
Restricted 125 Light SOTIROPOULOS, Andrew 0:41.257 25/06/2017 Club Day
TAG 125 Light FRANCIS, Justin 0:39.065 9/7/2017 VKS 2017
TAG 125 Heavy HINDLE, Aaron  0:39.729 9/7/2017 VKS 2017
TAG 125 Masters RIDDELL, Steven 0:40.099 9/7/2017 VKS 2017

The Griffiths Report VKS Round 2 Sunday 2017

Sunday dawns bright and sunny but with a chilly wind as we get ready for the Final day of racing at the Vic Kart Championship. An update on Coady Gorringe from KA3 Junior who left the track in an ambulance yesterday; I am told he has a broken arm and some soft tissue injuries to his leg, but he was well enough to return to the track today to watch what might have been. Sponsors are believed to be queuing up to take advantage of vacant advertising space on the underside of his floor pan and the bottom of his seat – in the meantime all at the Club wish him a speedy recovery.

We begin with the 3rd Heats of KA3 Senior Light and Cadet 9 which we didn’t get finished yesterday, then into the 4th Heats from there.

TAG 125 Masters

Start of the 4th Heats now and Riddell off pole but dropswell back as we get going and Wyhoon through to the lead ahead of Kranz and Smith, recovering from a couple of DNF’s in the Heats, then Riddell finds his feet and gets back to 3rd while Wyhoon runs wide at Page Bros but hangs on to the lead – but now has Kranz closing in on him fast. A few laps later Riddell has joined these 3 so we might see some changes up front soon. Kranz starts to look racy on Wyhoon, but has to be wary of Riddell hot on his hammer, while Smith sits back in 4th watching on. 3 to go and it all happens at JSKC as they come out 3 wide and Kranz Continue reading

The Griffiths Report VKS Round 2 Saturday 2017

Round 2 of the Victorian Kart Championship comes to Oakleigh and while I enjoy doing the Club days at Oakleigh, it’s great to have a bigger meeting come to town and see a few karters I haven’t seen race in a while have a spin around the tight Oakleigh circuit. Friday was practice and James and Dave Sera were out there adding to the gazillion laps they have already done here, Matt McLean and Cooper Webster running around with their number 1’s bright and shiny on the front of their karts, and it was great to see the Old Master Remo Luciani still quick as ever, passing karts into JSKC and choking at the same time – some things never change!

Once Friday practice finished Continue reading