February Club Day Pre-entries Now Open

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.

Lost Items

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.

Track Now Open

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.

Track Flooding Update

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.

January Presidents Letter

Dear Members,
Here we go for 2011, although we have already had 2 race meetings. The actual races went off without a hitch, but getting them started was a bit difficult as we had a slight water problem.

Once again, I would like to thank those members that came down and helped remove the flood waters, and especially those that returned at midnight to refuel the pump. The track seems to have held up well with very little damage.

Now to the rest of the season in 2011. Our first club day is at the end of February on a Saturday night, so we hope to see some good competitor numbers especially with the introduction of a new class.

As we are struggling for helpers at club days and open meetings, we would really appreciate if some more people could help in the canteen, or with stewarding or technical positions, and also someone with basic computer knowledge to help with lap scoring. When club day arrives, I hope we have enough people to run the meeting.

The stewards and technical school is on this weekend. I hope there are quite a few from our club that have put their hand up to attend. If so, we can then have a roster system for our race meetings. Personally, I attended the course in Ballarat last Saturday, and it was quite interesting to see how to interpret the rules for 2011.

Well, that’s about enough for this month. Hope to see you at the General Meeting on Tuesday February 8, where amongst other things we will discuss the committee for the new/refurbishment of the track. Those who have previously showed an interest in this please attend.

Good luck in your racing.

Adam Bourke
President of the OGKRC

Damon Strongman Wins JRD Formula Vee Test Drive

JRD (Junior Racing Developments) have issued the following press release after last weeks Junior Top Guns events held at OGKRC.

Date: 29/01/2011
Subject: Damon Strongman takes out prize of JRD test drive at the 2011 Junior Top Guns.

Damon Strongman has taken out the 2011 Junior Racing Development prize of a test day in one of the teams Sabre 02 Formula Vees.

Following a late switch of the sponsored category after consultation between the Oakleigh kart club and JRD due to insufficient entries in the Junior Clubman class, Junior National Light drivers were given the opportunity to win the test drive and Damon made the most of it.

Although closely challenged all weekend by Liam McLellan, Justin Francis and Justin Black, Damon was ultimately too strong and took pole position on both nights and all race wins.

An enthusiastic Damon commented after his win, “I really want to thank dad and all of my sponsors – Karcher Australia, Adam Macrow Racing and Ash Budd Photography. I also want to thank Junior Racing Development for this wonderful prize and opportunity; I can’t wait to test the Sabre 02”.

“The guys in JNL really put on a good show this weekend and Damon was a standout with his 4 race wins. Damon showed a great deal of maturity in his driving and wasn’t just fast, but stayed calm when under pressure and showed he could be really consistent which is what we look for in our drivers. The two Justin’s and Liam also did a great job and also showed good form amongst a nearly full grid” agreed JRD’s Daniel Reinhardt, Brett MacLennan and Michael Reinhardt.

“It was unfortunate that the small number of entries for Junior Clubman necessitated a change in categories, however the JNL class were fantastic and we are pleased with the way the drivers performed. We will be exploring other categories with the club before next years event and will look to have an announcement out early as to which category we will be supporting” said Brett MacLennan.

As Damon is still a little too young to take his prize due to licence restrictions, JRD will be taking an active interest in his results over the course of the year and will conduct the test as soon as Damon is able.

For more information on Junior Racing Development go to juniorracing.com.au

Results 2011 Rotax Pro Tour Round 1

Held in stifling conditions, the first Rotax Pro Tour round of 2011 has been completed. Results and commentary are available via the official Rotax Pro Tour Twitter feed.

Full results are now posted on mylaps.com:

Here are the place getters:

  • Rotax Light – D.Sera, De Maio, Lindstrom
  • Rotax Heavy – Woolston, Mitchener, Rodgers
  • Rotax Super Heavy – Reeves, Otter, Lalas
  • Rotax Over 35 – Robson, Harch, Woodland
  • Open Class (DD2) – J.Pringle, Ensbey, Gread
  • Formula JMA Light – Mawson, Gracie, Morey
  • Formula JMA Heavy – Kennedy, Crossingham, Richardson

February Club Day Race Under Lights

The club committee has decided to start the club day racing year with a day / night race meeting. These events are always popular, so when entries open, please help the race secretary by entering online, and early. The race entry fee is $45 per competitor for the first class entered, and $25 for the second or additional classes. Don’t forget to bring your clear visor as these are required when the track lights are illuminated.

Racing is to be held on Saturday February 26, so start practicing now. Please ensure that your racing license and club membership are valid and up to date.

Feature classes on the day will be Clubman O35 and Junior National Heavy. Prize money for the feature classes will be: 1st place $75, 2nd $50, 3rd $25.

The timetable will be as follows

  • Free practice from 9am
  • Entry confirmation & scrutineering 11.30am to 1pm
  • Canteen will open 12pm
  • Drivers briefing 1.45pm
  • Racing at completion of drivers briefing
  • BBQ dinner

The following classes / weights will be offered in February and trophies will be awarded for the first three place getters.

  • Midgets Comer @90 kg Yamaha @100 kg
  • Rookies @105 kg
  • Junior National Light @120 kg
  • Junior National Heavy @140 kg
  • Junior Clubman @140 kg
  • Formula JMA @145 kg
  • Clubman Light @140 kg
  • Clubman Heavy @ 160 kg
  • Clubman Super Heavy @180 kg
  • Clubman Over 35 @160 kg
  • Leopard Light @160 kg
  • Leopard Heavy @ 180 kg
  • Formula Rotax Pro @170 kg
  • Restricted 125 @170 kg
  • Tag 125 Pro @170 kg