April Club Day Report.
Author: Steve Polak

 

To some the best place to be this club day was probably indoors with the heater cranked, but many still had a crack in what were seriously tough circumstances.

 

 

Clubman Heavy saw a revitalized field with more drivers than recently and MKC’s Kieran Brennan made his final run to the checkered flag count. After an indifferent first heat (with an off into the mud in the roll round) a quick check and carbby change courtesy of MKC’s Graham Ritter saw Kieran finish third and second in the next two races taking 3rd for the day with Chris Thomas and Timothy Edwards finishing first and second respectively.

 

 

 

Clubman Light saw a bigger field than last month, but there was one constant. Adam Hughes was still out in front, with a clean sweep of the class. Wayne Bourke did well to grab second with MKC powered Jordan Kaye showing real pace to finish third. The results could have been even better, but for a first corner incident that skittled the field and saw another driver, who was lucky enough to keep going take out three MKC Monacos, all of whom had a chance of grabbing a podium place. Still it was great to see Nicholas Bates score another trophy, this time for the first C Grader home. Well done Nick!

 

 

 

Meanwhile over 35s was cleaner than we have seen for a few months with Rod Capuano taking an impressive win from a field of highly fancied drivers. Rod snagged the first race win and then backed up with 2nd and 3rd placings to secure the points for the day. It was good to see Bruce McLean making moves on the track too, with good run, and second place in the second heat.

 

 

 

In the super heavies there was plenty of bash and crash as a few less experienced drivers caused havoc, but it didn’t stop Mark Lyons from grabbing the win in his Monaco and MKC’s Mick Fisher from showing a ton of pace and snagging second, and stretching his points lead in the championship. Steve Polak started the final in third, only to become an aircraft carrier for an out of control airborne kart. Oh well that’s racing!

 

In Junior Clubman Michael Carless continued his winning ways with another podium finish and a strong third place, which sees him in second in terms of the championship standings.

 

 

 

In Junior National Heavy Ben Capuano did well, but didn’t make it count at the end of the day. After qualifying on pole for the final (taking a win and second place during the day) he sadly had his transponder fall off and as a consequence earned no points for the final. Michael Carless scored a well earned second place so it wasn’t all bad news.

 

 

 

 

In the 125 classes there was plenty of great racing. In Leopard Heavy Richard Camilleri in his Tecno won the first race, but was unlucky in the second race scoring no points. Into the spotlight stepped another Tecno pilot in Andy ‘Pup’ Yuill, who scored second in heat two and won the final. This was a superb effort, but not quite enough to give him the maximum points. These went to yet another Tecno driver in the ever cheerful Dave Tolley. Dave won the day and did brilliantly, racing Pup right to the final corner scoring the win for the day with a win in the second heat and good results in the other races. Dave showed tenacity and skill to lead the final and then chase Pup to the flag.

 

 

 

In Leopard Light Adam Hughes scored his second win for the day, with a strong showing in his Tecno. Also congratulations to Graham ‘da Mayor’ Smith who took second for the day. The second race in the wet was pretty entertaining with Adam driving from the back of the field to second place.

 

 

Rookies was a ripper of a class two with Matt Lane having a brilliant swan song (he’ll be back in Juniors next month). Having led two races he still managed to take third for the day, even though he was a whopping ten kilos over the class weight. There was great racing with Strongman and Dixon and Matt was in the hunt all of the way. A small tap knocking him wide and out of first was all of the difference.

In the TagR there was plenty of top racing too. In the most amusing P-Plate class MKC Kosmic Leopard driver Vern Kranz won very convincingly, grabbing top spot in two out of the three heats. Second and third were also taken by MKC customers Dean Sperry and Steve Petrakis with Steve grabbing a trophy for his first race meeting. Well done mate!

 

 

 

 

TagR was solid too with some spirited racing. Congrats to Hamish Leighton for a return to the top step of the podium. Daniel Phivopolous came second and Nigel Oldham came in third.

 

Even though it was a difficult and cold day there was plenty of great racing.



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