Junior Top Guns

I was able to get down to Oakleigh last Saturday for the first round of Junior Top Guns. As regular readers of this site will know, Top Guns is traditionally held under lights two nights in a row (Fri/Sat) during the January school holidays, attracting significant interstate entries.

Karting’s Skyline? Drivers pop over the crest of the new extension and plummet left into what some call The Corkscrew, others call The Dipper. This is Jake Ristell in Cadet 12 (pic – Mark Wicks, KartSportNews.com)

Unfortunately, problems with the track resurfacing late last year scuppered those plans, along with an alternative slot in March. It was great to see the meeting finally take place last weekend, still over two days but during the daytime.

Predictably, the event didn’t attract big numbers from interstate this year, so, for what I believe is the first time in Junior Top Guns’ history, a handful of senior classes were offered to pad out the program.

Seniors at a Juniors meet. Vic Combined Light drop down the hill, Peter Gigis leads Corey MacFarlane and Jack Johnson (pic – Mark Wicks, KartSportNews.com)

The new surface looks great and I’m told is very smooth, though some drivers tell me it does not offer quite the same amount of grip that new asphalt would usually have.

Race format for both rounds was qualifying, two heats then a final. Trophies were awared each day, plus for total ‘series’ points.

How’s the paddle pedals on this rig?! (pic – Mark Wicks, KartSportNews.com)
  • full results on speedhive, Saturday HERE, Sunday HERE. Top three on each day below.

It is expected Junior Top Guns will return to a twilight-January-school-holidays event once more in 2023.

Ben Munro dominated the results in KA4 Junior Light (pic – Mark Wicks, KartSportNews.com)

Round 1

Cadet 9
1 James Flynn
2 Felix Jia
3 Alana Gurney

James Flynn, Cadet 9 winner on both days (pic – Mark Wicks, KartSportNews.com)

KA4 Junior Light
1 Ben Munro
2 Mathew Basso
3 Jack Steere

Analyse seat height… James Sera crests the hill (pic – Mark Wicks, KartSportNews.com)

KA4 Junior Heavy
1 Rio Campbell
2 Taylem Mackinlay
3 Lachlan Sharpe

Vic Combined Light
1 Peter Gigis
2 Jack Johnson
3 Ben Shay

KA4 Junior Light C&D
1 Jack Steere
2 Dallas Greene
3 Christian Sasso

KA3 Junior
1 Bradley Majman
2 Aydin Karadagli
3 Lachlan Cutting



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Bradley Majman (pic – Mark Wicks, KartSportNews.com)

KA2
1 Aris Kyriakou

Cadet 12
1 Blake Purvis
2 Anashe Manyau
3 Jake Ristell

Blake Purvis won Cadet 12 for both rounds (pic – Mark Wicks, KartSportNews.com)

KA3 Senior Light
1 Jenson Teleskivi
2 Taine Venables
3 Jake Santalucia

Jake Santalucia leads KA3 Senior Light winner Jenson Teleskivi (pic – Mark Wicks, KartSportNews.com)

Round 2

Cadet 9
1 James Flynn
2 Felix Jia
3 Alana Gurney

KA4 Junior Light
1 Ben Munro
2 Mathew Basso
3 Nate Young

KA4 Junior Heavy
1 Taylem Mackinlay
2 Rio Campbell
3 Lachlan Sharpe

Georgia Morgan (2) and Callum Newton battle in KA4 Junior Heavy (pic – Mark Wicks, KartSportNews.com)

Vic Combined Light
1 Corey Macfarlane
2 Jack Johnson
3 Matthew Hennephof

Taine Venables backs it in, KA3 Senior Light (pic – Mark Wicks, KartSportNews.com)

KA4 Junior Light C&D
1 Jack Steere
2 Cooper Frith
3 Christian Sasso

KA3 Junior
1 Hunter Salvatore
2 Bradley Majman
3 Jasper Frith

KA2
1 Aris Kyriakou

Cadet 12
1 Blake Purvis
2 Jake Ristell
3 Anashe Manyau

Josh Dudfield stuck in the gravel on Day 1, KA3 Senior Light (pic – Mark Wicks, KartSportNews.com)

KA3 Senior Light
1 Jake Santalucia
2 Liam O’Donnell
3 Jenson Teleskivi

4SS Senior
1 Brayden Slama
2 Hayden Roper
3 Stuart Hall



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