2012 ALL STARS SERIES - Round 1 OAKLEIGH GO KART CLUB Leopard Light Class Race Report OGKRC starter Paul Griffiths has written the following race report after this weekends All Stars races.
A mild but windy Saturday greeted karters for round one of Victoria’s premier series, the All Stars, run at the Oakleigh Go Kart Racing Club.
Heats were completed on Saturday with pre finals and finals run on a Sunday that looked threatening to begin with, but stayed fine through to the mid afternoon finish.
The meeting turned on a fabulous two days of racing at Oakleigh. It ran pretty much without incident, the weather gods were kind to us and President Adam Bourke, the committee and other helpers deserve congratulations on a well run show.
To the victors the spoils, and the rest live to fight it out at the next round.
A quality field in Leopard Light was no match for CIK champion Jake Spencer, who passed thirteen other karts to drive through from last to a win in heat 1, leading home Leigh Nicolaou and Justin Francis after taking the lead on the last lap, then dicing with James Sera at the start of heat 2 before leading him and then Daniel Paronetto and Nicolaou to the chequered flag.
It took three laps of the pre final for Spencer to break clear of Nicolaou and Sera, then Justin Francis and Paronetto. This group all setting lap times within a tenth of each other, Francis sneaking through to third and Paronetto getting past Nicolaou too – a great final ahead of us!! Paronetto was unfortunate to come together with Nicolaou and dnf towards the end. Spencer the winner, then Sera, Francis and Michael Carless.
Final: Jake Spencer off pole and to the front from Justin Francis, James Sera, Jackson Evans and Michael Carless. Evans pulled in minus his chain guard after 6 laps and up front Spencer was not having it all his own way with Francis and then Sera very close behind. Sera into second with 9 to go and set his sights on the back of Spencer’s Kosmic.
Two laps later Spencer responded – fastest lap by 2/10ths and pulling away. Back in fourth was Carless, then Nicolaou then a big gap to Scott Kissock, Josh King and John Reynolds.
Three to go and Spencer by over a second and looking comfortable, although I’m sure there was a lot going on behind the visor. Eventually they stayed this way, Spencer winning from Sera then Francis half a second behind him. Well done to Jake Spencer – putting James Sera behind you, no mean feat at Oakleigh.