Bairnsdale Race Report
Author: Steve Polak



As part of Melbourne Kart Centre's new program of customer support at race meetings far and wide MKC's Race Director Roger Polak and Chief Spanner Man Josh Brooker went racing at the Eastern Victorian Bairnsdale circuit last weekend.  Roger was climbing back into the Clubman Heavy class after nearly a year away from the seat and Josh was once again back in the Leopard class.


Rolling up at the track one thing that stood out was the amount of people who had travelled from our local Oakleigh club.  "Man, this looks like clubday!" said Josh as the karters flowed into the Bairnsdale track.  Also good to see was a large tribe of MKC customers who we would endeavour to help out across the weekend, while also having some top fun racing too.


Hitting the track for the first time (having never been to the place) and checking out the flowing circuit showed that this was a place where some good racing would take place.  There are several passing opportunities and a good mix of slow and fast corners.  We practiced for most of Saturday and Roger was pleased with the pace, although getting near the local Clubman guru Nick Stray and his Kosmic kart would be hard.  Josh also got going fairly well and was looking forward to driving the track with some decent tyres on the next day.


Sunday morning's carby session gave each driver a good six minutes of track time and Roger wished he'd used that time to scrub in some tyres in hindsight, his new rubber would be very slippery for the first few laps of race one.


Roger started off pole for the first race and managed to lead for a couple of laps in his Monaco GP5 before Nick Stray took the lead and went on to take the heat by half a dozen kart lengths.  In heat two Nick and Roger started from the back row and cut through the traffic until they caught up to Grant Wicks in his Tonykart.  Nick and Grant were having a really good scrap, which became a three way battle when Roger tacked on.   Nick passed Grant, Grant passed him back, Roger passed Nick then on the second last lap they went three wide into turn one!  Roger grabbed the lead on the last lap but Nick used his local knowledge to get a pass in to win the heat from Roger with Grant Wicks in third.


"We had a great race" said Roger after the event "But as we pulled up at the scales several stewards came straight up to us and I thought we were in trouble.  But no!  They just wanted to say how much they enjoyed the race!"


Heat three of Clubman Heavy didn't have the same close racing as Nick shot off into the lead with Roger Polak in second and I think Grant in third.


In Leopard Pro MKC's Josh Brooker had got his weight calculations wrong and found he couldn't make the 170kg Pro weight after all.  He would hit the scales at 177kg, giving him a weight penalty.  In the first heat Josh stormed home to a 3rd placing, behind eventual class winner Michael Shena.  Then Josh's luck came to an end as his engine picked up some metal (a little end roller needle) from the track that crunched its way through his piston and ended his day.  This is a good argument for screens and filters being used on leopards too!  A mention goes to MKC P plate customer Duncan who did a great job to bring his Monaco Leopard home ahead of some regular punters.


In the Over 40's class MKC Engines' customer Jeff Sharpe had the class under the control as he finished second in heat one, then went on to comfortably win the next two races and get the 1st place trophy on the day.  Well done Jeff!


In Clubman Light Dominic Lostich had the pace and won the first heat, however a dropped chain ended his race in the second heat.  Clubman Heavy winner Nick Stray also lined up in Clubman Light and won the second heat, with Angelo Dettore, Trevor Allen and MKC's Mark Appleby making up the places.  Early on MKC Monaco customer Graham Pain was running as high as fourth, but contact at the end of the straight saw him spin and drop down the order. Heat three saw Dominic get the win with the bunch of Nick Stray, Angelo, Trevor and Mark scrapping throughout the 12 lap final.


Sadly we didn't see too many other races and will need to look up the results to remind us of what happened.  The Bairnsdale club ran a fantastic event and is easily one of the friendliest clubs in the sport.  Roger and Josh would like to thank Remo for his advice, our MKC engine builders Graham Ritter and Grant Lindstrom for top power and Steve Polak for minding the store while we went off having fun.  Your turn next Steve!


As part of MKC's commitment to racing more meetings and providing customer support at the track you can expect to see us at Oakleigh CLubdays, the Power Series, Country Series, All Star Series, C Grade Titles and various Superkart events during 2008.  See ya at the track!