April Club Day Report
Author: Steve Polak

 

Adam Hughes rounds pit corner while leading Clubman Light.

 

Surprisingly dry albeit chilly conditions didn’t stop Oakleigh from putting on a great club day last week end and many MKC drivers were in the thick of things as the day produced some great close racing.

 

The day saw a few interesting 'firsts' too. In clubman light MKC driver Adam Hughes ran in a Monaco GP 28/30 with excellent results. This was Adam's first run in the MKC Clubman team and a very skilled performance saw him win two races and come second after storming through the pack in the other heat.

 

The field was also the biggest of the day and featured some really quick drivers. Adam also set some astonishingly fast times, throwing down several laps in the low 41 second bracket. In the final Adam shrugged off competiiton to come home with a hard fought win. Other MKC drivers like Mark Appleby were also dicing in the mix.

 

There was much closer racing in Clubman Superheavy, with another first for Mark Hunt. Having decided to propell himself forward with MKC Engines power Mark put in some super fast times, breaking the 43 second time brackek for the first time ever in the race and nearly taking the day after a lot of close racing with fellow Monaco pilot, the ever quick Chris Herod. Mick Grey also showed just how wide you can make a Monaco around the infield at Oakleigh holding off Mick Fisher and Steve Polak in the final. There was plenty of good racing in the class and and it is great to see CSH really growing in numbers.

 

Mark Hunt leads Mick Grey, Mick Fisher and yours truly!

 

Leopard Light produced some stunning racing. Adam Hughes continued to show his winning ways, this time aboard his MKC Kosmic. Adam dominated, winning every heat and setting the fastest lap of the day with a blistering 39.5! Aaron Cousins did well in the Tecno too, leading at one point during the hard fought final and managing to secure second place for the day.

 

Aaron Cousins leading leopard light.

 

Clubman heavy was a strangely small affair, with MKCs 'elder statesman' Pete Gooch putting in some great racing to come third for the day. Pete actually did better in Heavy than he fared in over 40s, a class that more often than not produces some of the most exciting racing on club days.

 

April was no exception. Indeed it was one of the most enjoyable and dramatic classes on the day. Heat one was a 'dual Yuill' affair as Andy Yuill leapt to the front in his Tecno and had a rather pleasant time gapping the field. Only in the closing stages of the race did his brother Dave emerge from the traffic to hunt 'Pup' down. Quite a few MKC drivers found their luck was not in abundance in the first race with Geoff Sharp, Russel Miller, Tony O'Brien Phil Smith and Wayne Crump all failing to finish.

 

Heat two saw Phil redeem himself with a win and a mid 43 second time to boot. Dave Yuill was in hot pursuit claiming second (with a 43.2 no less) and brother Andy had also recovered from a stunning Arrow corner slide at high speed to grab fourth. The stage was now set for a very BIG final. Again it was dual Yuill's on the front row, but this time the win for the day hung in the balance.

 

Bets were taken and the crowd was more than a little revved up about what might happen. This aniticpation as warranted too when after a busy start Andy attempted to retake a few lost spots on Coffee Ford corner and in the process skittled brother Dave, who was leading at the time! After some gnashing of teeth Dave was out of the race and Pup managed to recover for fourth in the heat and sufficient points to win the day. Yet another first as it was Andy's first win at a meeting, well done mate!

 

A very swift Phil Smith won the race too, almost grabbing anough points to climb onto the podium, despite his DNF.

 

A Yuill dominated front row.

 

Adam Hughes in Leopard Light

 

Leopard Heavy was dominated by the image of bright red Tecnos flashing by in the lead. Dave Yuill put in a 41.1 second lap to take the lead and win the first race ahead of Richard Camilleri and Dave Tolley, both of whom did 41.8s. An incident saw Don Singh stopping with an injured hand on the last lap and retiring for the day (hope you are feeling better Don!) Heat two was almost a carbon copy of the first race, with John Reynolds being the other fast mover in the pack, managing to match Dave's time and also pulling off a 41.1. John was chasing the wily Dave Tolley down, but try as he might John just couldn't quite get past Dave (who was running his new Monaco B-Max). John put in a few passing moves only to be criss crossed and repassed by Tolley out of pit corner.

 

After the incident that saw Dave out of the action in over 40s the Leopard Heavy final was always going to be interesting and a poetic justice of sorts came into play when Dave overcooked things a bit in his Tecno on the first corner and spun. He was then bypassed by the field, but brother Andy clipped Dave's axel and was off into the dirt and out for the day. So the score was a 'one all draw' for the Yuill brothers on that score. You couldn't have scripted it better. Dave then recovered and just managed to win the day (by a measely four points) from fellow Tecno driver Richard Camilleri. John Reynolds almost stole the lead in the closing laps and managed to snag third for the day.

 

Dave Yuill leading Richard Camilleri

 

There were also massive junior fields, with the midgets and rookies seeing good numbers too.

 

Ben Capuano managed to put his Monaco on grid in positon thee for JNL, which was the feature class and Luke Cousins grabbed fourth in a cold and slippery qualifying session. Luke had a day of ups and downs with a bent axel, but Ben fared better with a third place podium being the resulkt at the end of the day.

 

 

 

Dylan 'Boof' Slitts wasn't quite as lucky, as he got tangled up in an incident with friend and fellow MKC driver Matt McLean. Boof was sore the next day, but not seriously hurt.

 

The hail that was promised never eventuated, so it was  agreat day of dry racing (hooray eh Mick?)

 

See you at the next club day!

SP37

 

Steve passing another driver.