On a dry and warm evening the stock car drivers were in fine form at the Cowdenbeath Racewall on Saturday night and there were some exciting racing.
James Ellis in the end ran away with the 1300 Saloon Scottish Championship whilst Liam McGill did likewise with his ORCi Stock Rod to win the Jane Burt Memorial trophy. The Stock Rod Allcomers races were dominated by lower grade drivers with David Dignan and Steve Gunby winning – the latter picking up his first Stock Rod win.
Andy Ainslie and Adam Cockburn were having outings in the 2 Litre Saloons and Craig Haxton was having a run in one of Michael Bethune’s Stock Rods.
It turned out to be a busy night for Chris Burgoyne who was racing in the Formula IIs and in the Jason Secker Saloon.
The main race of the night for the 1300 Saloons was their Scottish Championship and it attracted a healthy turn out of drivers including the defending champion Fraser Clark. The draw was a public one and saw Aaron Hastie drawing pole position and he had Dale Robertson alongside, Callum Sturrock and Gregor Whyte were on row 2 with James Ellis and Lisa Freebairn were on row 3. Kyle Hegg was to start from row five, Clark on row seven and Charlie Folan on row nine.
After a slow parade lap the green flag dropped but pole sitter Hastie’s car was slow to pick up and he was swamped by the pack. Robertson led from Ellis and Sturrock whilst gold roof winner Cameron Milne was sent wide and bounced off the wall. Ellis hit the front on lap three but after making very quick progress Hegg appeared in second spot with Sturrock third but Clark and Folan were on the march and were making light of getting through the pack. By lap seven Clark was into third but Folan was fourth the following lap. Ellis was keeping the gap to Hegg constant but Clark had been caught by Folan and a couple of laps later they swapped places. Once ahead of Clark, Folan began to ease away and started to catch Hegg. With the laps dwindling so too was the gap between Hegg and Folan and with three laps remaining Folan was second. However Ellis was by now well clear and he went through to become the new Scottish Champion from Folan and Hegg. Folan’s car was to fail post race scrutineering with Hegg now second and Clark third.
Non-qualifiers for the Scottish Jordan Dignan and Lee Burden appeared for the Allcomers races with Clark going through to win the first from Milne and Kieran Edgar. Graham Osborne was clipped and hit the wall before careering across the track hitting Gordon Myers as he did so. In the second Clark made it a double again winning from Folan and Milne but Osborne’s car shed a wheel on the back straight and as a result he hit the stationary car of Hastie.
Amongst the 22 car field of ORCi Stock Rods was British Champion Justin Washer who had travelled up from the south west for the Jane Burt Memorial trophy. Sandy Galbraith had bought one of Dean McGill’s cars whilst Chris Paul was having a rare outing. The race for the track points is in full swing with Michael Bethune a mere 6 points clear of Dean McGill.
The grid was another public one and had Stuart Wedderburn on pole position with Steve Gunby alongside and behind Kris Simpson and Euan Robertson. Washer was on row five, with Bethune and Liam McGill sharing row six. European Champion Stuart McKinnon started from row 7, Dean McGill and Cameron Doak from row nine whilst Scottish Champion James Gray was on row ten.
When the race started Wedderburn went straight into the lead from Gunby but Simpson was an early spinner. L. McGill made a good start and quickly worked his way through into second place and then eased up onto the tail of the leader. However Bethune was going well and he moved into third resulting in the top three running nose to tail. McGill found the inside line to go through into the lead although Bethune slipped through into second. The leaders ran nose to tail for many laps but towards the closing stages, Bethune retired leaving McGill well clear and he went through to win from McKinnon and Washer.
David Dignan then went on to win the first of the Allcomers races from Doak and Neil Gilogley. Although Liam McGill was first home in the second he was penalised thus handing the win to Gunby from Simon Morris and McKinnon.
After their strong runs in previous weeks Antony McAuliffe and Jason Blacklock were hoping to repeat their successes. Gregor Turner was back after missing quite a few meetings but Stevie Forster ran into gearbox troubles after only a handful of laps in the first heat.
The opening heat saw J. Blacklock go through to win from Turner and Chris Burgoyne. McAuliffe led heat two from start to finish to win from J. Blacklock and C. Burgoyne.
McAuliffe was the first to show when the final started with J. Blacklock chasing. Craig Reid was caught and passed by Paul Reid and Turner although they were to swap places. Steven Burgoyne wall leading the star drivers chase through the field and by the half distance was in third. S. Burgoyne closed the gap to J. Blacklock and then set off after the leader but it wasn’t until lap 14 that he finally forced his way into the lead. Once there he went on to win from McAuliffe and J. Blacklock.
Euan Millar then went on to win the Grand National from McAuliffe and J. Blacklock with S. Burgoyne in fifth place.
Amongst the 2 Litre Saloons were Chris Burgoyne, Andy Ainslie and Adam Cockburn the latter in the ex-Ross Donaldson car.
Heat one saw Ian McLaughlin go through to win sending the long time leader Stevie Honeyman spinning at the line although Ross Watters had nipped through to claim second place. In heat two Colin Savage led the race from start to finish where he led home S. Honeyman and Watters.
Savage led the field away when the final started with S. Honeyman through into second spot after a few laps. McLaughlin, Watters and Barry Glen were running in close order and making their way through the field.
Honeyman was beginning to eat into Savage’s lead and as the laps dwindled they swapped places before Honeyman went through to win from Savage with Graeme Anderson a clear third.
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