Our first club day has been run and won. We had a few hiccups at the start that unfortunately made us start a little behind schedule, but due to karters being on their toes for the starts we made up time and still finished at a good and respectable hour.
We had a few difficulties with karters wanting to enter classes without having the appropriate licence grading. The AKA licence / entry system (CMS) does not allow the club to upgrade licences, and the club does not have the authority to upgrade licences, the VKA/AKA is responsible for that task, and only after you have all of your endorsements. It is the karters responsibility to ensure that this is done well before race day as it cannot be done at the track. All karters are able to check their licence grading and status on line with their licence number and password on the AKA website.
There has been some problems with the marking out of pit spots. Whilst it is convenient for members to be able to mark out pit spots prior to a race meeting, if any disputes for pit spots arise, the committee will have no choice but to remove all ropes and markings and it will be first in best dressed.
I really want to encourage all competitors to enter on line for race meetings. We can then check that competitors have entered the correct class and you will also know if your licence is up to date. This also has the added benefit of speeding up the entry taking process.
The club still needs more helpers to run our meetings. (Funnily enough the President would like to have a race and not be in the starters box.) Then we will have more officials and helpers on the track.
Regarding class numbers, if we do not get more entries in some classes we will be forced to join classes or make them a mid weight. It gets a bit boring watching 5 karts go around.
Our next general meeting is on March 8th at the club rooms and I hope to see you there to voice your opinions or listen to what is happening around the club.
The club is holding a working bee this Thursday the 24th starting around 5.30pm.
Please come along and help out to prepare for this weekends club day.
Results of the 2011 All Star Series Round 1 held at Eastern Lions Kart Club, VIC.
Full results have been posted on the AKA Results Site.
- Junior Clubman – Anton De Pasquale, James Hughes, Kyle Rethus
- Leopard Light – James Sera, Dean Foster, Timothy Holowell
- KZ2 – Matthew Wall, Jorden Lindstrom, Lee Mitchener
- Rookies – Reece Sidebottom, Thomas Prascevic, Rhys Wooley
- Junior National Heavy – Anton De Pasquale, Reece Bloomfield, Luke Walker
- Clubman Light – James Sera, Andrew Carey, Jordan Nicolaou
- Restricted 125 – Brett Ozimek, Daniel Paronetto, Scott Cole
- Rotax Heavy – Paul Rodgers, Rick Pringle, Danny Wright
- Junior National Light – William Hawkes, Justin Francis, Damon Strongman
- Clubman Heavy – Leigh Nicolaou, Lee Mitchener, Glenn Riddell
- Clubman Over 40 – Christopher Sanderson, Phillip Smith, Glen Chadwick
- Leopard Heavy – Daniel Stein, Shane Price, Remo Luciani
- Rotax Light – Luke Rochford, Michael Powell, Brittany Smith
- Junior Max – Michael Griffin, Zachary Phillips, Chelsea Angelo
- Midgets – Cooper Murray, Dylan Hollis, Chase Wooley
We had a very well attended General meeting on Tuesday the 8th of February, with some great ideas coming forth. As discussed at the meeting, we will be building a flower bed to try and stop water coming in from our neighbours. This will take a few weeks to complete. During this time, please be patient with the current water situation.
The club is also looking at installing larger pumps to remove the water from the track area quicker. Due to this we may have to run new power cables, so again a bit of time is needed.
How long will this take? Being that we all work normal hours, most of this will take place out of hours, but we will do it as quickly as possible. All I ask is that you have patience with the track situation and we will get there.
A vote was taken whether to keep the AMB timing system running on club days as a back up to the CMS system. The vote was yes. The committee had tried to go with the CMS alone as we have trouble finding helpers to run the race meeting, so to have two systems means two people. So we need helpers. For February club day we need a starter, finisher and canteen assistants. In the future we will need the above as well as a CMS timing person. As the members have voted for this, I hope that they will be supplying the people to man these positions.
On the 6th and 7th of May there will be an Endurance event at the track, so the track will be closed for normal use by members. It is a 6 hour event to be held on the Saturday. Keep your eye on the web site for details as they come to hand.
Good luck in your racing.
President of the OGKRC
Results of the 2011 Country Series Round 1 held at South West Kart Club, VIC.
Full results have been posted on the AKA Results Site.
- Clubman Heavy – Scott King, Christopher Thomas, Glenn O’Brien
- Senior National Pro – Joshua Tapscott, Andrew Rae, Bradley Anderson
- Midgets – Cooper Murray, Jordan Pike, Jack Nolan
- Rotax Pro – Ashley Quiddington, Corey McCullagh, Ian Thornley
- Junior National Heavy – Luke Walker, Anton De Pasquale, Cameron Reynolds
- Restricted 125 Pro – Dominic Mittiga, James McDonald, Chris Crawley
- Leopard Pro – Jordan Nicolaou, Harley Benson, Alexis Stavrou
- Clubman Light – Tyler McDonald, Jordan Nicolaou, Hayden Renshaw
- Rookies – Jarrod Dwyer, Thomas Prascevic, Joshua Munn
- Junior Clubman – Anton De Pasquale, Luke Marquis, Kyle Rethus
- Clubman Super Heavy – Scott Ferguson, Andrew Hayes, Robert Pansarino
- Clubman Over 40 – Leon Forrest, Ian Branson, Andrew Stubbs
- Junior National Light – Damon Strongman, Luke Marquis, Mitch Wilson
The club still has some stocks of second-hand AMB transponders for sale.
They can be picked up from:
- Concept Karting, Factory 9 19-25 Grange Rd, Cheltenham. (03) 9585 5340.
Note, only cheque or cash will be accepted, no credit card or EFTPOS.
- Second-hand Transponder $100
- New Chargers $70
- New Mounting Brackets $15
Online pre-entries are now open for the first club day of the 2011 racing season. If you are racing at this event, please take a minute to pre-enter. This helps speed up the entry taking process on race day and allows racing to begin earlier.
Whilst the junior competitors have already had a couple of races under lights this year, this is the first opportunity for the senior club members. If you haven’t raced under lights before, come along and have a go. It is certainly a very different experience than driving during daylight. Remember to bring your clear visors as once the track lights get switched on, only clear visors are allowed to be used.
The club has two boxes of items that have been lost by people at the track over recent times. These items include various tools and kart parts, a rib protector, mobile phone, watch, boots, gloves, etc.
When you are next racing at the track, come and see the grid marshal and check if anything you have lost, may have been found.
The club wishes to advise that the flood waters have been removed and the track is now open again for use.
Please drive a few slow laps to familiarize yourself with the grip level.
Last Friday evening, the track and grounds suffered considerable flooding due to the torrential rainfall that fell in many parts of Melbourne and Victoria. Since that time considerable time and effort has been spent in clean up work to restore the track and grounds to a usable condition. The club wishes to thank the volunteers and members who have helped with this clean up work.
At the time of this post, the track is still closed, but is now very close to being reopened. Please check this website from time to time for details as to when the track will reopen.
The club wishes to thank the members for their patience during this time.