Oakleigh Feb Club Day
Author: Steve Polak


After the successful Top Gun meeting it was time for the seniors to join their junior competitors for the first Oakleigh club day of the year and the mild, but windy conditions brought plenty of action in a spectacular day night meeting.


Dual Yuills

Clubman Over 35s and Junior National Heavy were the feature classes and neither disappointed with MKC drivers qualifying well. In 035s it was dual Yuills on the front row after Dave and Andy qualified within less than a tenth of each other, Dave snagging pole position with a 43.9 second lap time. In third place was an ever improving Wayne Crump who laid down a 44.3 lap time. The racing in this class was a ripper during the day with memorable highlights including the Yuills battling for the lead only to hinder each other and hand top spot, and a first race win to Mathew Anderson. Mathew went on to take the day on points, but not before a brilliant final with Peter Gooch, Geoff Sharp and Dave and Andy Yuill all having a crack at a podium place. At the end of the day Mathew won his first club day in his MKC Monaco with MKC drivers Peter Gooch and Geoff Sharp taking second and third respectively. Dave Yuill did manage to win a race, but finished out of the points.






The other feature class, Junior National Heavy, saw Ben Capuano qualify fourth in his Monaco just behind MKC’s Michael Carless in his Arrow who took third spot, with a time that was just one tenth off the leaders. The rest of the racing was a battle with Ben suffering a dizzying spin and Michael and Bradley Carless finishing 4th and 5th respectively.




Tecno Debut

Clubman Light saw a massive field take to the track and MKCs Mark Appleby scoring third. Adam Hughes, MKC’s Leopard gun, also had a go with some promising results, taking race win and third place. However an unfortunate shunt from behind ended Adam’s second race before he could even get started. Adam had to be content with setting the fastest lap time all day in his GP6 with a 41.599.




Leopard Light was a better result with Hughesy debuting successfully in his 09 Tecno V12S. Not only did Adam win the day, but he also set the fastest lap time (40.182) and won two out of three races. Adam led the way with MKC’s John Reynolds showing some impressive form to snag third place and set some pretty quick times of his own. John will be one to watch in 09. Graham Smith also did well to score two third place finishes and Michael Phillips came in second overall.



In Leopard Heavy there was some mighty entertaining racing too with Richard Camilleri taking the day, but not before some stiff competition from Kosmic driver Josh Brooker and Dave and Andy Yuill in their Tecno chassis. Dave posted a second and a third place putting together some spirited racing and hot on his heels was brother Andy ‘Pup’. Pup was having his first run in new Tecno V12S and by all accounts (which means anyone who would listen over a beer at the end of the day!) Pup was happy with it, snagging third spot on the podium. Josh Brooker was unlucky finishing his tilt at the lead during one race with a wandering wheel that detatched itself from his rear axel. Some tricky driving kept his kart vaguely under control as he brought it to a stop. It was also good to see Donald Singh return to racing after a long hiatus and MKC’s Kosmic powered Shane Alabaster also set some fast laps before a technical problem ended his day. There was some great racing though and times in the high to mid 41 second bracket.




Debut for the Grey Ghost

In 125 Restricted there was some super tight racing with many MKC drivers at the front. In his debut race in the very spiffy repainted Monaco X1 Troy Tarrant snagged second spot in the new kart, taking the spot with some very good times. Ahead of Troy was the experienced and capable Daniel Phivopolous. The racing in the class was very busy and by all accounts lots of fun. MKC drivers Leon Tarrant, Trent Hailes, Bou Spithoven and David Arnolda were all right at the front and there was plenty of great racing between them. Todd rd 125 ‘tourist’ Ran MacLurkin also did well in his MKC Rotax, at one point being in the top five. It was also good to see MKC Monaco driver Lasith Liyanage make his debut on ‘P’ plates and put in a very successful drive. The other surprise package for the day was young Robert Bonazinga, who was super fast (mid 43s) in his first drive as a senior. Rob was right in the thick of it making plenty of passes and showing genuine potential given his inexperience in the class. The final standings were Daniel Phivopolous taking the day, ahead of Robert Bonazinga with Leon Tarrant grabbing third – a great debut for him in his distinctive new custom grey Monaco X1.





Meanwhile in the mighty Midgets it was a stunning start to the year from young MKC Monaco pilot Nicholas Simms. Nikki set the fastest lap in the first race with a very respectable 48.903 and then went on to secure a second place finish in that heat. Overall it was also Nikki’s first trophy at Oakleigh with a brilliant third. Well done Nikki, a stellar start to the year!  It was also great to see MKC’s Brigette Cantarella debut as well in her new Monaco package. Brigette is super keen and ready to race in 09.



Messier than an airborne pizza!

At the other end of the weight scale the Superheavies had a pretty frenetic day with MKC’s Steve Polak leading the first race and managing to grab second when the chequered flag dropped. Steve battled with MKC drivers Glenn Cornell, Mick Fisher and Mark Hunt in an extremely enjoyable first heat. The second heat was a bit of a dog’s breakfast with much pod bashing and quite a few stacks. MKC’s Robin McLellan had a shocker when he clipped a spinning Dennis Thomas. Robin came off the track and hit a pole, but was ok, if somewhat sore, afterwards (hope you feel better mate). At the end of the day a depleted field saw Mark Hunt take the win in his Monaco ahead of MKC powered Mick Fisher in second with Steve Polak grabbing third spot for the day.



Junior Clubman was also exciting with MKC drivers Michael Carless, Ryan Johnson and Bradley Carless taking first second and third in a small, but competitive field.


Junior National Light was one of the less incident prone classes on the day, but the racing was frenetic with the likes of Justin Fancis, Brad Jenner and Matthew Mclellan all having a go at the front. In the end Mclellan did a great job to take the win for the day after making serious progress through the field in his heat when starting from the back. Matt scored three wins from three starts to dominate the day. Monaco driver Alex Desouza also had a good day adjusting to the new class, having come up from Rookies.


Boof brings it!

Speaking of which the Rookie class was a ripper with Dylan Slitts grabbing 3rd spot for the day, after a torrid start to the first heat skittled the huge field of 18 karts. Matt Lane also did well to survive the carnage and score 4th. Dylan then went on to better this the following day scoring a debut meeting win at Morwell, having left Oakleigh at 1am and managing to head up country for the early start the next day - a huge effort by Boof and Bruce!



The other ‘R’ class Rotax wasn’t quite as large, but we still extend a BIG message of congratulations to MKC Rotax driver Luke ‘Dicko’ Dickson who won the day showing good consistent speed. Luke attributes his first meeting win to his new Monaco X1 chassis and his steady diet of grapes consumed during the day (eh Luke?). Good one mate. Tony Johnson also managed to nab a trophy scoring second in his long awaited return to Oakleigh racing.  




So it was a big and successful clubday at Oakleigh. See you next month, and don’t forget the meeting will also be a day-nighter with a final under lights.