There was plenty of close and exciting racing at the GMP Cowdenbeath Racewall on a dry Saturday evening where there were quite a few drivers chalking up doubles!
In the formula IIs Adam Blacklock probably enjoyed his best night’s racing when he picked up three wins a feat that Luke Grief managed in the saloons. Dennis Middler brought out his shale car primarily to run in an engine for the World Championship semi-finals but generally struggled with a car that he mainly uses on shale.
The Dearns dominated the lightning rod races with Ormond winning two whilst his brother Chrissy Jnr won one.
John Crawford made his senior debut in the prostox but ran into problems whilst Jason McAlpine had his car wrecked after Paul Barron was sent crashing into it as it sat on the pit bend corner. Raymond Dick made his saloon debut when he brought out the ex- Neil McLaughlin car and picked up a couple of good results.
Kyle Taylor was the only visiting driver in the formula IIs but missing from the ranks were Chris Burgoyne who was racing down at Stoke whilst Garry Sime was over in the Isle of Man.
The opening race of the night was a white/yellow challenge heat and whilst Kieran Howie was the early leader he was quickly moved over as Kyle Taylor moved ahead. He soon came under pressure from Craig Reid and whilst he kept him at bay for a few laps was finally moved over as Reid moved through. Adam Blacklock had been closing as the leaders diced and when he edged Reid wide he took over at the front of the field. After that Blacklock pulled away to win with Taylor just managing to get ahead of Reid for second place.
The opening heat of the night was led off by Taylor who had Howie tucked in behind but on the second lap Pete Davidson spun, restarting at the tail of the field. Blacklock was making steady progress and he finally caught and passed Taylor to take the lead. Gordon Moodie was making inroads through the field and towards the end of the race moved into second and then began to close. Starting the last lap there was only a slight gap between them but on the last bend Moodie made contact sending the Blacklock car wide. However as the cars charged to the finish line Blacklock just held on to win by the narrowest of margins from Moodie with Craig Wallace in third. Heat two saw C. Reid and Taylor fight it out for the lead over the early stages of the race which allowed the yellow grade drivers to close up. When C. Reid pushed Taylor wide, Paul Reid and Blacklock slipped inside to fill the top two spots. However Blacklock then slipped inside of P. Reid to take the lead only to find that Moodie was reeling him in fast. Once Moodie took over at the front of the pack he eased away to win by a comfortable margin from Blacklock and Stevie Forster.
When the final started Taylor was the first to show but he soon had Blacklock closing him down whilst Moodie was again going well and making up ground quickly. Blacklock moved into the lead but Moodie was in determined form and just after the half distance took the lead. Once there he eased away to pick up his second win of the night leading home Blacklock and Forster. Blacklock went on to win the Grand National from Forster and Craig Wallace with Moodie crossing the line in fifth place despite starting the race with a lap handicap.
The saloon drivers were in good form although one or two appeared to be dropping oil which made life difficult for those behind. The first saloon race was another of the white/yellow challenge heats with Jamie Connacher leading initially only to lose out to Davie Sturrock. However Eck Cunningham was to reel them in and once he hit the front went on to win from Connacher and Graeme Anderson.
Heat one was led off by Connacher although he soon had Cunningham closing the gap and it was only when Connacher hit Dick and half spun did Cunningham take the lead. Barry Glen was shunted heavily into the wall and then retired as did Cunningham. This left Ross Graham in the lead but Grief closed the gap and on the run up to the line just managed to get there by a coat of paint. However Graham had upset the steward and was penalised a couple of places elevating Willie Mitchell into second and Kyle Irvine to third. Heat two saw Connacher go straight into the lead and he stayed there until three laps from the end when Grief caught and passed him. Although Connacher held on Grief took the chequer to win from Connacher with Cunningham in third.
The final saw Connacher lead the field away and he soon opened up a gap over the field. After the half distance Cunningham began to close and with four laps remaining took the lead. Grief, who was being shadowed by Graham was reeling in the leader and as the laps dwindled forced his way through to win with Graham second and Cunningham third. Cunningham went on to win the Allcomers race from Connacher and James Letford.
The prostox races were pretty lively with some close racing thrown in. Heat one saw Tam Melrose go through to win from Ricky White and Ryan O’Shae. However in heat two it was White who got the better run to win from Melrose and Paul Barron. In the final O’Shae and Jason McAlpine tangled causing White to spin and whilst McAlpine drove his car to the pit bend and stopped. Melrose was the leader but Barron was being caught quickly by White who gave him a big hit going into the pit bend and he crashed into the back of the McAlpine car. When the race restarted Melrose was on the end of another hefty White push and his car came to rest entering the main straight after bouncing off the wall. White was the new leader and he went on to win from John Mason and Scott Wilson.
Craig Strathie made his lightning rod debut but struggled with mechanical problems. Ormond Dearn won the opening heat from Chrissy Dearn Jnr and Chrissy Dearn. Heat two was a disaster with C. Dearn Jnr winning from Gordon Brown. The final was an all Dearn affair with Ormond winning from Chrissy Jnr then Snr in third.
On the centre green were two speedway cars that will be used at legends day in the colours of Barry Lee and George Polley whilst the other was in the colours of Conrad Self and Eddie Aldous. The list of drivers from the past is growing on a daily basis and there are quite a few drivers building speedway cars for the Sunday racing. Remember Legends day starts on the 13 August although the main event is on the Sunday when Gordon McDougall will get behind the wheel of the replica of the car that he won the World Championship in some 40 years ago!
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