Happily the weather forecast proved to be wrong and the drivers and spectators were relieved that no rain fell during Saturday night’s stock car racing at the Cowdenbeath Racewall.
However the track was still a bit wet and when a liberal coating of oil was dropped then things got pretty treacherous for the drivers especially the new faces in the Prostock basics.
Kenneth Scollon made his 2 Litre Saloon debut whist Eck Cunningham was having his first outing of the season. After being shunted over the fence last week at King’s Lynn Barry Russell this time managed to keep all four wheels on the track.
Simon Morris was back in the ORCi Stock Rods whilst Jack Robertson made his debut in the Prostock Basics a winning one.
The 2 Litre Saloons returned to the track after a few being down at King’s Lynn for their European Championship and the World Ranking points will make a difference to some of the standings for the World Final at the Racewall. At this stage pole goes to Diggy Smith with Deane Mayes alongside but lurking behind are Russell and Graeme Shevill on row 2. There is still time for the grid to change - hopefully with a Scottish driver on the front row.
The first heat was led off by Brian Hogg Jnr but making a fast start was Kevin Letford who forced his way through into the lead early on. Robin Copland moved into second with James Letford in third spot. As the race progressed Paul Honeyman began to catch the leading group but as the flag dropped K. Letford was ahead of Copland with P. Honeyman just getting the better of J. Letford for third. Hogg Jnr was the early leader when heat two started from Raymond Dick but K. Letford was soon through into third and then began to close in on the leaders. Ross Watters and Russell were dicing but managing work their way through the field and towards the close had caught the leaders. The last two laps were hectic but K. Letford managed to hang on to pick up his second win of the night when he finished ahead of Watters and Russell.
Hogg Jnr got the final underway but next time around Dick was the leader but again K. Letford was quickly closing the gap and when he did take the lead he was looking for a hat trick. However both J. Letford and Hogg Jnr’s car stopped and the race was suspended. The field closed up behind K. Letford who led the field away but he was forced wide and it was Russell who led from P. Honeyman and Watters. Things began to heat up as Russell was forced wide slowing P. Honeyman to lead from Watters but next time around Watters was leading. K. Letford was sent spinning but at the front Watters forced his way back into lead and through to win narrowly from P. Honeyman and Tam Rutherford Jnr snatching third on the last lap.
After their two day event last week it was pleasing to see 16 ORCi Stock Rod drivers appearing and despite having his car badly damaged the Scottish Champion James Gray was back in action. The track wasn’t particularly suited to non contact racing but the drivers served up three exciting races.
When the first heat started Steve Gunby led the field away but there was a coming together which saw Leon Stewart retire. Within a couple of laps Liam McGill was the new leader but he then he lost out to Michael Bethune and Dean McGill. Bethune began to ease away from the field to win but D. McGill had to fight to keep L. McGill in third spot. There was a hectic start to heat two with Kris Simpson’s car suffer a steering failure and crash out whilst David Dignan’s car shed a back wheel. Jonathan Howe led the field away but lost out to Simon Morris but just as he was settling in to lead Liam McGill shot through. Behind him Bethune, John McAllister and D. McGill were squabbling over second with the positions changing regularly. In the end Liam McGill grabbed the win from Bethune and McAllister.
When the final started Stewart was an immediate casualty when he clipped another car and broke his steering. Howe led from Morris with Stuart McKinnon spinning and Dean McGill starting to limp around with a puncture. Howe led from Dignan but when they touched Bethune slipped through into the lead but had McAllister, L. McGill and James Gray in close order. The last laps were exciting with Bethune trying to hold onto his lead as the others tried to better their result. In the end Bethune just held on to win from McAllister and Liam McGill. The winner and first of the lower grade drivers each received a tyre from Lee Smart Racing.
Amongst those racing in the Prostock Basics were newcomers James Slater and Robertson whilst John Galloway was back after having had an engine failure the last time he appeared.
Nicole Russell led the opening heat for a considerable time from Robertson and whilst they were clear their lead disappeared after Alistair Strachan’s car came to a stop on the main straight. Russell led on the restart but then lost out to Robertson during the closing stages who then went through to win from Russell and then Loggie. It was Loggie and Dougie Anderson who fought over the lead at the start to heat two with the latter spinning. Loggie then built up a big lead but towards the end Robertson was eating into it but ran out of laps as Loggie won with David Sher in third.
Russell headed the field as they started the final from Galloway but they soon had Loggie driving around them to take the lead. By the time that Robertson appeared in second Loggie had a substantial lead. Then disaster oil was dropped and when the cars hit the oil they began to spin depleting the field. Loggie carried on picking up his second win of the night from David Sher and Ben Sher.
The Prostock field wasn’t as big as hoped for but their races proved to be interesting. Kevin Muir led the field away in heat one, John Jackson took over only for his car to run into problems and it was Ian Christie who took the win from John Mason and Craig Murray. Christie then went through to win the second heat from Sean Devine and Murray.
Muir led the cars away when the final started only to lose the lead to Jackson. Then in a series of incidents the field was depleted with a number of incidents leaving only four cars running.
In the end Finlay Davidson went through to win from Jackson and Robert Hamilton.