Presidents Report - April 2012
Written by Shaun Peters
With the conclusion of the Mini Nationals last weekend, the mad month of April is finally over.......
April started with the Good Friday Dash on the 6th, which was well attended by all clubs. We had drivers from virtually every Victorian club present and there willingness to dig deep and donate to the Appeal was well recognised.With the 70+ entries that we had for the event, and the kind donations from our major sponsor, RAB HOBBIES, as well as The Hobbyman, M-Chassis.com,Ace Hobby Distributors and Steve James, we raised just over $2500.00 for the Royal Childrens Hospital. A huge effort by all who attended. I personally would like to thank everyone for coming along and digging deep and donating to such a worth while cause. A great day was had by all, and we look forward to seeing you all back again next year to do it all over again.
April 27th to the 29th was the first National level event SERCCC has hosted since moving to out present location, and with the hosting this year of the Mini Nationals has been a triumph for the club. It was all looking like it might be a wash out for the meeting, but thanks to some serious prayers from allot of Mini drivers, the weather was superb all weekend. Friday was open practice day, and we had over 30 of the entrants there to try and dial in there cars to the tricky surface and control tyres. With the end of the day looming, there was a last ditch effort by some to get a handle on it, and with a long night ahead on Friday night, they were hoping to come out saturday with a good qualifying position.
Saturday saw the start of the predicted mayhem. It was all very clean racing, especially for mini's, but the heat was on with times rolling down all morning. The heat during the day seemed to make the tyre issues worsten, but with the clouds coming later in the day, again the times fell. Sunday was looking like it was going to be a wash out with a huge storm front coming through saturday night and dumping nearly 10mm rain on the track in a few hours, but again the racing gods shined down with sympathy on us and we ran all day without a single drop. Dropping the 6th Qualifier in exchange for the 3 finals for all grades saw the competition faces come on and it all got serious. With some exceptional driving by guys who do not run mini, there was a few upsets, but on the whole it was the masters of the class that took away the trophies. If you want to see the full run down on the meeting, then go to the racing section on the site and click on results, the Mini Nats stuff is all there.
I would however like to make a point of thanking every single one of the volunteers who have helped out not only with the Mini Nats, but also the Good Friday Dash. Without the help from all of the committee members as well as these exceptional volunteers, we would not have had the success that we have had with these meetings.
Kalli Ercegovic, Robyn Waye, Melissa Baudler, Jessica Webb ,Max Brouggy, Billy Webb, Ted Dexter, Gareth Jacavou, Chris Chamoun, Shane Mulroney, Brett Clark, Sarah Jenkins, Karl Goodger, Michael Clarke, Trevor 'Fossil' Waye, Aaron Van Berkel, Jason Ercegovic, Will Moore, Damien Christidis, Darren O'Dea....Appologies to anyone I have forgotten, but all of you have contributed considerably to the success of these meetings and your efforts are appreciated.
With this said, roll on the next round of the Autumn series on the 6th of May. There will be an increased contingent of Mini's I'm sure, so all of you who have got the internet, try the ALYCAT pre-entry and we will see how much time it will save us. The aim is through winter with the shorter day's, getting started at 9.30am on the dot to fit the 5 rounds in. Look forward to seeing you all Sunday.