The saloon drivers were in top form at the Cowdenbeath Racewall on Saturday night with Luke Grief winning the Celtic saloon challenge whilst Ian McLaughlin, with a couple of wins set himself up as one of the drivers to watch for the forth coming Scottish Championship. There was never a dull moment in their races, keeping the fans well and truly entertained. Anthony McIvor ended up rolling his car in the opening heat where most of the field became involved in a coming together on the pit bend.
Billy Bonnar dominated the National Hot Rod World Championship qualifying round with a heat and final win picking up the Turner trophy as a result. Ian Thompson halted Chris Burgoyne’s sequence of formula II final wins although he was to retire from the Grand National with a mechanical problem. Tam Melrose continues to dominate the prostox and has all but secured the track points championship with one meeting remaining.
Ian Thompson was back in action in the formula IIs but Gordon Moodie was racing down south over the weekend at King’s Lynn and Northampton. David Sinclair was back up from Barford where he is chasing the second spot in the Novice of the Year title race. The opening heat was a white/yellow challenge with Craig Reid leading but he tangled with Adam Blacklock resulting in the former retiring. Gregor Turner then caught and passed Reid before going through to win from Reid and Sinclair.
The opening heat was led off by C. Reid but he was quickly caught and passed by Blacklock but he soon had Turner in close order. Ian Thompson was closing quickly moving ahead of Turner then reeling in Blacklock, Just after the half distance Thompson moved into the lead but Burgoyne was on a charge and he moved into third, It didn’t take him long to get ahead of Blacklock before he set off after Thompson. The gap between the leading duo closed and with the laps dwindling Burgoyne moved ahead going on to win from Thompson and Craig Wallace. Heat two was fairly similar to the previous heat with Burgoyne again getting the better of Thompson again during the closing stages to pick up his second win of the night with Wallace in third.
Blacklock was the early leader when the final started from Paul Reid and Turner with Thompson again making a good start from the blue grade before closing in on the cars ahead. However whilst Thompson was going well so too was Burgoyne although he wasn’t making as much inroads into Thompson’s lead as in previous races. Thompson hit the front just after the half distance and whilst Burgoyne did catch Blacklock it wasn’t until the closing stages that he did so. Thompson reeled off the remaining laps to win but Burgoyne had managed to close right up with Blacklock in third.
Burgoyne went through to win the Grand National from Blacklock and Wallace but Thompson had to retire.
The saloons first race of the night was the final of the Celtic Challenge and included Anthony and Kieran McIvor from Northern Ireland. The cars lined up in their points order scored in previous races with A. McIvor on pole with Scottish Champion Luke Grief along side whilst on row 2 was Kieran McIvor and Kyle Irvine.
On the start Grief made the better one to move ahead with the McIvor brothers behind and Irvine in fourth. However within a couple of laps Irvine was through into second place but couldn’t shake off those behind. Ross Graham dived inside on the pit bend into third with Willie Mitchell now fourth. Irvine and Graham swapped places on a couple of occasions. A McIvor spun but it was Graham who now held second with Irvine having to fend off another four cars, who were all looking for his place. Barry Glen moved into third and then tangled with Paul Honeyman which let Irvine back into third. Grief, serenely sailed on to record an easy won over Graham but Irvine just managed to fend off the attentions from behind to claim third.
Graeme and Stuart Shevill Jnr joined the ranks for the remainder of the meeting and there was plenty of contact. Anthony McIvor rolled his car at the start to heat one and on the restart Raymond Dick led the field away only to lose out to Patrick Calderwood. Barry Glen moved into second spot but when Dick’s car came to rest on the turnstile bend the race was suspended. Calderwood led the field away but was brushed aside as Ian McLaughlin forced his way through into the lead with Glen slotting into second place. McLaughlin eased away from the field to win from Grief and David Hughes. Calderwood moved straight into the lead when heat two started and was still ahead at the close but again behind there was plenty of bumper work going on. In the end Grief finished in second spot with McLaughlin in third place.
Calderwood led the field away when the final started and quickly pulled away from the pack with Glen and James Letford leading the chase. However as they were getting close Calderwood spun on the pit bend with Glen taking over the lead. McLaughlin was now through into second and within a couple of laps had sent Glen wide and he was promptly collected by Marc Honeyman suspending the race. McLaughlin led the field away on the restart before going through to win from David Hughes and Grief.
There was a good turn out of National Hot rods for their World Championship qualifying round but the other drivers found Billy Bonnar in good form and as a result he extended his lead in the points race. Local
The prostox drivers were in Bonnar caught and passed Ian Donaldson during the latter stages of the opening heat to win with Steven Armit in third place. However in heat two Donaldson went on to record a narrow win over Bonnar with Roy Anderson in third spot. Samantha Ross led the cars away when the final started but Donaldson made a quick start and within a lap had over taken Ian McGuigan and was reeling in Ross. Bonnar also had made a good start and he was ahead of Tam Rutherford and heading off after the blue graders. Donaldson was soon ahead of Ross but Bonnar was closing fast and it came as no surprise when he caught and passed Donaldson, Once there he opened up a useful lead before going through to win, picking up the Turner trophy in the process, where he led home Donaldson and Rutherford.
The Prostocks were in good form and there was plenty of swapping places and some close finishes. Graham Watt was back in action after being away for some ten years whilst the local interest Dougie Kidd won the opening heat from Paul Barron and Tam Melrose. In heat two Watt led the race from start to finish to win from Kidd and Melrose. It looked as if Watt was on for his second win of the night but a coating of oil saw him clip the wall and slow. In the end Barron won from John Mason and Kyle Roy.
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