AUGUST CLUB DAY REPORT

By : Will E Pass AKA Steve Polak

 

One hundred and forty four eager beavers showed up for a blustery event this month, with Melbourne turning on one of those days when it was windy, fine and then eventually wet - all in a days racing!

 

 

Junior Clubman was the feature class and there was a slightly larger field than normal which was encouraging. Hayden Renshaw did well to put himself on pole with the ever improving Michael Carless hot on his heels. However Jack Wynack jumped ahead of both of these drivers to take the win in all three races including the all important final. This was a torrid affair as the field had to limp around the track on slicks in a downpour. MKC’s Ben Capuano, new to the class, was having a great battle with Tim Holowell with the unfortunate result being both drivers failing to finish after a brief coming together.

 

 

 

 

Clubman Light saw a much larger field of drivers hit the track and the racing was massively entertaining. The talented duo of Adam Hughes and Ash Arora engaged in some great duels. Adam won the first heat, laying down some quick times and jumping to the lead after a spirited tilt at the front by MKC Monaco pilot Mark Appleby. Jordan Kaye (another driver who is getting faster day by day) also did superbly snagging third. However Ash put in an incredibly entertaining run in the first race driving from eleventh to fourth. The second race was Ash’s with a solid win and this time it was Adam who drove from the back to the front driving from 9th to second. This was no mean feat considering a rather messy attempted pass by another driver that skittled the field on the first corner of lap one. As a result MKC drivers Nicholas Bates, Trevor Allen and Jordan Kaye were all unable to continue and had to ruefully watch the race from the side of the track.

 

 

The final was also not without drama with Arora and Hughes (both of whom are very good friends) having a very intense duel on the first lap that saw the lead change a number of times. Sadly Arora’s Monaco nosecone came loose and he had to retire. Adam Hughes then drove away with a comfortable win, setting some fast times as he lapped in the high 41s. It was also great to see Nick Murphy enjoy his first race in clubman light, driving and MKC prepared clubman engine for the first time. Nick moved up from juniors and is loving the extra power – good one mate! Oakleigh freshman Jayden Schmidt also made progress, getting quicker with every race. At the end of the day Adam Hughes claimed the win with Mark Appleby scoring a superb second and Andrew Turnbull made it to third. Well done to all as the class really delivered this club day.

 

 

 

Clubman Over 35s was less dramatic. Ian Mcpherson did brilliantly and scored three wins from three starts. MKC’s stalwart Peter Gooch did a great job to keep his tilt at the championship alive by running second for the meet. It was also great to see Andy ‘Pup’ Yuill also in the hunt for glory at the end of the year by bagging solid points and grabbing third in his MKC powered Tecno. Phil Smith was also at the front for two heats (scoring two seconds). However a DNF in the first race wasn’t going to help him hit the podium at the end of the day.

 

 

 

 

In Clubman Superheavy there was some good racing and passing, but not much that has diverged from the form guide of 09. Chris Heraud and MKC powered Mick Fisher traded wins as Mick continued to close in on the championship honours, with what seems like an unassailable points lead. Heraud won the day in his Monaco. Steve Polak managed to sneak into the lead in heat two and rolled home in third. It was also great to see Dennis Thomas making solid gains and setting his fastest time on the track. David Gibcus also did well to lead for a few laps in race two which put a big smile on his face. The racing was fun even if the field wasn’t massive.

 

 

Interestingly Junior National Heavy was probably one of the stronger fields this time around and the racing between Matthew McLellan, Will Donnison, Ben Capuano and BOTH of the Carless brothers (Brad and Michael) was worth watching. McLellan was pacey on the day winning two out of three races. Michael Carless grabbed the other win, but was just pipped at the post when it came to the silverware. This went to Will in second and Ben Capuano in his MKC Monaco grabbing third.

 

 

 

 

Junior Light also saw a strong field hit the track. Adrian Lazzaro did superbly in only his second meeting at Oakleigh this year (racing mainly at Todd Rd this year), snagging every heat and the points for the win on the day. However behind him a gaggle of JNL drivers kept each other honest. Indeed coming into the final just SEVEN points separated those placed 2 to 5. Justin Francis and Curt Sera scored 2nd and third respectively, but Liam Bellamy and Matt Lane were hot on their heels.

 

 

 

In Leopard Heavy all eyes were on the track as super kart steerer Dave ‘Admiral’ Yuill returned to Oakleigh. Dave showed good pace winning the day with two firsts and a second place. Championship leader Richard Camilleri had a bit of an off day with an uncharacteristic loop, all the while managing to rack up points, the fastest lap in the Final with a time of 41.56s and maintain an unassailable lead in the class championship. Luke Andaloro also did well finishing second overall, but being superbly held by Andy Yuill, who scored third for the day with a gutsy run in the final. Leopard Heavy was a treat to watch and the racing was close and hard fought.

 

 

 

Leopard Light was a lot less complex. Adam Hughes romped away with three wins from three starts. However MKC Tecno driver John Reynolds set the fastest lap in one heat with a 40.523. Michael Phillips did a good job to snag second for the day ahead of ‘Mr Consistent’ Andrew Wiles who has done a great job all year and now looks safe behind Adam Hughes in the championship standings.  It was also nice to see Troy Tarrant having crack at the class mixing it up with talented field while aboard his new Kosmic.

 

The ever growing number of Tag 125 karts also took to the track with vengeance. Peter Gilbee, in his brand spanking new 09 Tecno, won with serious speed and some nice passes. Hamish Leighton drove well to grab second and it was another Gilbee, young Mathew, who scored third, again in his new kart. If this wasn’t enough Andrew Gilbee came home in fourth place, so it was almost a Gilbee 1-2-3. Hamish must have felt like he was surrounded by Gilbees! It made for great racing.

 

 

 

 

In the P Plate class MKC debutant Paul Adams snagged a trophy at his first race meet, coming home in third with a huge smile on his face. Chad Lidsey won the day and Monaco pilot Andrew Hayward showed improvement to grab second. It was also great to note the return of Lasith Liyanage.

 

 

 

 

In Rookies Jake Dixon continued to increase his points lead in the championship winning the day ahead of Christian Morina and the fast improving rookie in Justin Carless. In Midgets Jack Bell, Jordan Holowell and Brayden Flood finished first second and third for the day too!

 

 

 

 

Finally those Rotaxes were out on the track also on the weekend and didn’t their final deliver some fun action! There were some drivers on slicks, others doing 360 degree spins on wets and some brilliant slides! Carley Wells showed she still has what it takes winning the day with Mathew Graham hot on her heels. Dave Arnolda in his new MKC Monaco X1 did superbly, grabbing 3rd for the day. Top 360 too Dave! Jay Charlton was a little unlucky after starting in third in the final, but struggled to stay near the front as he took on the impossible task of running in the wet on slicks! Only Jay and Leon bravely battled the conditions without wet tyres. Rotax was a lot of fun to watch.

 

 

 

 

 

A top day was head by all and no doubt we’ll see you on the black stuff next month!

 

Many thanks to Andre Daley for the excellent photos and the club officials for running what was a very pleasant day.