It was a night of banger mayhem at the Cowdenbeath Racewall on Saturday night and whilst it stayed dry during the racing prior to it there was a couple of snow showers and then bright blue skies! The fans turned up in their numbers and there was a slight delay to the parade lap to let them all in.
The banger drivers turned up in their numbers for the World Cup with drivers coming from Northern Ireland, Devon, South East of England whilst a whole host of the Crimond drivers headed south for the occasion.
In the World Cup Gary Madgwick rolled his car spectacularly on the top bend as he tried to make up ground on the inside of a few car
Previous winners Jack Foster Jnr and Jason Jackson were amongst those in action whilst amongst the favourites for the title were Jack and Kyle Overy, Joey Palmer, Madgwick, Timmy Aldridge, Lee Clarke and Brett Ellacott. However the Scots haven’t won this event since Hoagy Wallace was successful and there were plenty of Scottish drivers hoping that this would be their year.
The cars ranged from Granada’s, Jags to a hearse and one of the longest stretch limos you could imagine that struggled to get itself around the bends. Mind you at the end of the night there were quite a few cars that were wrecked with the limo of Jim Riddell having its roof kinked after being hit hard in the Destruction Derby.
- The saloon drivers were also in action with Daniel Kennedy and Scott Jamieson down from Crimond whilst Kyle Irvine was back as was Derek Duff after a couple of years away.
- Their first race of the night was another of the white/yellow saloon challenge races and whilst Greg Honeyman led the field away he was sent wide during the closing stages as Cunningham charged through to win. G. Honeyman held onto second whilst Glen Heeps was third with Sturrock in eighth place.
- The heat winners were Marc Honeyman and Luke Grief. Grief then won the final from Kyle Irvine and Graeme Anderson Anderson was soon through into the lead when the Allcomers started and he was still clear at the close where he led home Watters and M. Honeyman
- After a parade lap the banger drivers who hadn’t qualified for the World Cup appeared but Mark Morrison’s car wouldn’t run and he was pushed off the grid. Ryan Farquhar and Philip Bowers tangled as Gary Khan moved into the lead only for him to be taken out by Tommy Hutchings. Mark Farquhar was clear of Billy Bond and went on to a fairly easy win over Bond and Youngson – the only three cars to survive.
- The qualifiers for the World Cup appeared with the back straight and turnstile bend full of cars with Colin Riddell the early leader but almost right away Jon Taylor was spun. There was a big shunt on the pit bend with multiple cars involved and the race was suspended to give Youngson assistance out of his car. Jack Overy was the new leader but the race only lasted another lap when it had to be suspended after Madgwick’s car rolled after he tangled with Liam Lake. The field lined up behind Overy and when the green flag dropped he gained a few car lengths over Steve Allan with Charlie King in third. Allan was sent crashing out of second as Jack Overy celebrated becoming the 2016 World Cup winner from King and Ellacott.
- 27 cars appeared for the Allcomers race with the race having to be suspended after a six car shunt on the main straight which saw James Dillon’s car taking a hefty knock. Steve “Pikey” Bailey went through to win, just, from Jason Jackson and J. Overy.
- Despite the action there was a good field of cars out for the final with Callum Reed leading the field away but he was moved wide as Joey Palmer took over at the front of the pack. Palmer ran ahead of the pack before winning from K. Overy and Ellacott.
- There weren’t too many cars out for the Destruction Derby with Jim Riddell’s car bursting its steering early on and whilst he did his best to remove the others he ended up being wrecked after being hit by Steven van Putten’s car. In the end Neil Naismith survived after making contact with all the others and he was the last car running.