2007 Oakleigh Class Titles Kosmic Race Report
Author: Josh Brooker

 

 

Last weekend there were over 150 entries for Oakleigh’s annual class titles, held over two days. The meeting included qualifying, two heats, pre-final and the all important final format.

 

MKC mechanic Josh Brooker was racing just one of two Kosmics that lined up on the grid, with Adam Hughes using the same chassis in Leopard Light.

 

The weekend started of very well for both parties. Leopard Light was the opening race in the program and Adam was the first to launch his attack. In the initial qualifying session, Adam set a time of 39.874! This blistering time was nearly 8 tenths clear of second fastest man, and MKC Tecno driver, David Yuilli with Adrian Tubb one tenth further back. In the second session, Adam dropped a tenth to a 39.9 while some others improved, with Dave Yulli setting a very respectable 40.477 and MKC Monaco driver Michael Phillips popping up with a 40.509. Final qualifying results saw Adam Hughes on pole with David Yuilli 2nd, Michael Phillips 3rd, Geoff Bennie 4th and Aaron Cousins 5th. It was going to be a good day’s racing.

 

In Leopard Heavy, Josh went out in session one and set a new personal best of 41.283 to take pole position. This was six tenths ahead of Chris Dudfield and David Tolley. A special mention must go to MKC Tecno driver Richard Camilleri who, setting a time of 41.761 would have been on the front row for the heats. However, being a C grade driver meant he had to start out of position 6 all weekend. Once his B license is sorted Richard will be one to watch.

 

In Leopard Heavy session 2 all times where slower so grid positions remained unchanged.

 

The heats were run on Saturday afternoon and ended with a faultless run from both Kosmics.

 

Adam drove to a five second win over Yuilli in both heats with Phillips 3rd in heat one and in heat two Adam also prevailed with Yuilli and Bennie following.

 

Leopard Heavy heat one saw Josh have a 3 second win over Richard Camilleri, who put in a big drive from position two.  In heat two Josh held on for a narrow victory over Dudfield with Tecno driver David Tolley coming home a well earned third.

 

The pre finals where held on Sunday morning and the track felt faster then it had all weekend.

 

Adam set a lightning time of 39.630 on his way to a 5 second win over Yuilli and Phillips, who both turned very respectable 40.2 best lap times. In heavy Josh set another personal best lap time of  41.086 to win over Dudfield and Tolley, who set a time of 41.347. Camilleri was also fast early on but came to grief on lap six.

 

Hughes on his way to winning the prefinal on Sunday morning.

 

The final saw the trend continuing with Adam driving away to an unchallenged win in the light division. Filling the podium was the ultra consistent David Yuilli and Aaron Cousins who had a great race with Michael Phillips.

 

Leopard Heavy saw Josh Brooker drive to an effortless victory over Dudfield with MKC Tecno driver Scott Appledore stepping it up for the final to take third.

 

David Tolley put in his fastest times to date and had been running third all race while Camilleri worked his way through the field. When the pair met on lap 9 carnage ensued and the result was Tolley coping a wack and losing his nosecone while Camilleri ran off track, both ending with disappointing DNFs.

 

Josh at the Recent Leopard Final held at Pukkapunyl Raceway.

 

Overall it was a very impressive performance from both Kosmic T11s and a sign of things to come in 2008.

 

Other points of interest from the Weekend included MKC Clubman Monaco Driver Franky Costanzo polling and winning all races in three separate classes. That’s an amazing 12 race wins from one meeting!

 

MKC Monaco Clubman Light driver Ash Arora filled the void left by James Sera (who was competing at the south Australian State Championships) to give Franky a very hard time in the final. Ash just fell short of the win, challenging for the lead but coming second in what was a spectacular battle. Franky looked awesome on the track, but Ask also showed a lot of skill to come second.

 

In over 40s MKC Monaco Driver Pete Gooch drove a very good race to win and Chris Herraud drove well to win Clubman Superheavy after MKC pilot Steve Polak won the pre-final but was unluckily turned around from pole in the first corner of the final.

 

We’ll have a full race report with more pictures to follow soon. See you at the track!

 

Josh

 

 

Many thanks to MKC Monaco driver Jeff Harris for the excellent images!