The stock rod final at the Cowdenbeath Racewall was suspended after David Kempton crashed heavily into the wall after taking avoiding action to miss a spun car and no sooner had his car hit the wall than he was collected by one of the cars that was running in close order. David was cut out of his car by the emergency services and taken to hospital for a check up. Latest news is that he is that David has been released from hospital and is making a good recovery.
The Easter weekend meetings have taken their toll on the formula IIs with Chris Burgoyne sidelined with crash damage whilst Dennis Middler was an absentee. Gordon Moodie had his car back running after being involved in a shunt at Skegness but he struggled with the car during the opening heat before changing a diff.
Michael Bethune was back in action after racing at Ballymena on Friday where he ended up winning the Yokahama Tyre Championship. However there were 23 stock rods at the track with visitors Craig Robinson, Adam Daniels and Justin Washer joining the Barford regulars whilst David Kempton, David Dignan and Doug McLean were having their first outing of the season.
The 1300cc saloon numbers have almost doubled since the end of the season and there are a few more still working on their cars.
- Paul Moss was a welcome visitor carrying out his usual Easter weekend trip where he leaves his home in Fowey goes to Northampton, Skegness, Cowdenbeath, Barford and then Taunton before returning home on Monday night! Local drivers in action were
- The first formula II race was a white/yellow challenge race with Alex Hamilton winning from Jason Blacklock and Albert Smith.
- Heat wins in the formula IIs went to Garry Sime and Hamilton just got the verdict but it looked as if he was going to be literally pipped at the post as Gordon Moodie charged through. However the verdict went to Hamilton by the narrowest of margins with P. Reid in third.
- Moodie went on to win the final, his third at the Racewall in succession from Robbie Dawson with white grader Simon Cranson an excellent third.
- The stock rod drivers had turned up in their numbers and made light of the greasy conditions and served up some close and fast racing on a greasy track surface.
- Heat winners were Fifers Doug McLean and James Matson but on each occasion whilst leading Jim Pitcaithly retired during the closing stages.
- The final was suspended almost as soon as it began with Michael Bethune and Matson touching on the main straight which sent Matson into a spin whilst Bethune came to rest beside him. On the restart Duncan Welsh led but within a couple of laps Kempton was ahead. Rankine moved into second but soon there was a four way dice for the lead. Doak spun but was able to restart with James Gray now in second and ahead of Rankine and Stuart McKinnon. Doak spun exiting the top bend with Kempton going wide before hitting the wall and suspending the race. Once Kempton had been removed from his car the field lined up behind Gray who then reeled off the remaining laps to win from Pitcaithly and Rankine.
- Billy Bonnar won both the National Hot Rod World Championship qualifying rounds.
- New faces in the 1300cc saloons included Lindsay Wilson, Callum Farrance, Colin Bruce, “Fabby” Stu McCaig and Darren Rae. Heat wins went to Bruce whilst Grant McGowan just got the better of McCaig on the penultimate lap to win heat 2 with Rae in third. Again the final was cancelled.
- The microF2s were having their first outing with new face Ross McLaughlin making his debut.
Jamie Dawson went on to win both heats but McLaughlin went straight into the lead when the final started to win from Borthwick and Lewis Burgoyne.
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