September 2010 Club Day Report.
Author: Steve Polak

 

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Finally after many less than pleasant wet rainy clubdays September’s club day effort was punctuated by superb weather and some great driving by all.

 

Leopard Light was the feature class and some action packed racing was on the menu this month. Long standing Leopard racer Michael Phillips put his kart on pole with a solid time of 40.388, with John Reynolds also proving mighty quick with a 40.443. However after Phillips won the first race in fine style Reynolds then went on to win the second heat as well as the all important 12 lap final. John made a terrific start, grabbed the lead from the outside and pulled a decent gap which he stretched lap after lap in his MKC Kosmic, coming away a comfortable victor. Well done mate! Andrew Gilbee, after a hiatus of a few months also showed good pace in the final and, once he finished battling with his dad Peter, scored a well earned third place.

 

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Clubman Heavy saw a small, but quality field take to the track, with MKC’s Roger Polak making it a welcome return to competition with three wins from three starts. The times were pretty good too with Roger getting into the 42 second bracket (with a 42.021!) and winning the day. MKC’s Phil Smith battled roger all of the way with the lead swapping on more than a few occasions in some of the heats. Phil did some quick times too, even if he couldn’t quite grab victory. It was a well earned second place though. Chris Herod scored third for the day.

 

In Clubman Light the smaller than usual field delivered plenty of close racing too. Championship leader Adam Hughes had a tussle on his hands as he battled Hayden Renshaw in Jayden Schmidt. Hughes won the final running away from the pack and snagged the day on points.

 

Clubman Superheavy also saw some solid battling between Mick Fisher and MKC’s Steve Polak during the first race, with Steve leading for most of the first race. Fisher then went on to win all three heats in a performance that sealed his championship victory for the year. Scott Irons and Greg Corrie, from BUR (Big Unit Racing) also had a great battle with Corrie picking up third place.

 

In the over 35s Adam Bourke had an easy win, coasting to a points victory with a technical problem in the final, as his two heat wins had given him enough points to snag the day.

 

There was a continuation of the solid battle that had raged all year long in the Junior National Heavy class too. Michael Carless had the setup and speed to win the day, but not after a strong challenge from MKC’s Dylan Slitts early in the races. Dylan finished second with the rapidly improving James Mastorakos coming home in third.  

 

Junior National Light also delivered some tough racing, with a large field and plenty of talent at the front. Damon Strongman continued his recent superb form with three wins from three starts. Timothy Smythe was also on pace with two second place finishes and a third with MKC’s Matt Lane also claiming a podium spot in the tough field with some fast chasing though the pack. It was also great to see relative newcomer James Barnes improve significantly with some solid racing to claw his way into the middle of the pack.

 

Leopard Heavy delivered one of the biggest fields of the day and the racing was tough and entertaining. The first race was won by Luke Andaloro who cleared off very smartly indeed. Richard Camilleri threw the gauntlet down to claim second with Mike Griffiths setting a fastest lap time (with 41.271 ) in third. Griffo also went on to win the second and third heats to claim top spot for the day. However in the second race he didn’t have it all his own way as Andy ‘Pup’ Yuill led for a good chunk of the race, coming home in second place as the flag dropped. In the final it was Griffiths, Andaloro and Camilleri and these positions on the track also reflected the standings on the day.

 

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Tag R delivered plenty of thrills and spills, as it usually does with the large field being split into two. The non P Plate group enjoyed some great racing with class veterans Donnison and Jabke continuing their winning ways of the last year or so. Aaron Lawrence did well to come home in third too, with John Bentley, Dean Sparey and Travis Gerbes in hot pursuit.

 

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In the P Plate group race debutant Daniel Paronetto showed amazing speed for a true rookie, scything through the field in his Monaco Special package. Times in the low 43 second bracket would have seen him romp away with an easy win were it not for a fouled plug during his first race start which forced him to retire.

 

In the Rookies there was some tough racing and it was great to see Matt Steel improving massively and scoring his first club day trophy with a well earned 3rd place. Jordan Hollowell racked up another win in the class ahead of Luke Gilliou.

 

Last but not least Rotax Pro was very successful with the largest number of competitors turning up to drive in the class for quite some time. Luke Dickson continued to keep his championship trophy hopes alive, hanging on to third place in the year’s standings, but on the day it was Tim Hollowell who won comfortably ahead of debutant Liam Bellamy and Hamish Leighton.   

 

All in all it was a great club day with plenty of Oakleigh members enjoying the first warm day at the track for many months. Many thanks to Nicole Lane and the Paronetto’s for the excellent photos and the club officials for running what was a very pleasant day.