The stock car drivers turned up at the Cowdenbeath Racewall to find that the track was dry on Saturday night and it stayed like that throughout the meeting although the temperature did drop as the meeting progressed.
The British and European formula II champion Chris Burgoyne was in top form winning both the heats as well as the final, a feat that James Strath emulated in the 2 litre National saloons. Kieran Howie brought his formula II to the track, it’s the ex-Forster car, and the car looked very sleek in its new paint scheme. However Howie was robbed of a debut win in the car when he was penalised by the steward for an infringement. Euan Millar had a disastrous night in the formula IIs blowing an engine in practice and whilst a replacement engine was soon in place but just wouldn’t run properly and he retired from the meeting. Making his ORCi stock rod debut was Chris Paul from Crimond but his meeting was ruined after he hit a patch of oil when the car ahead of him blew an engine and he crashed out.
Leslie Paterson picked up his first win in his prostox leading the race from start to finish.
Amongst the formula II drivers at the track were Ryan Farquhar from Crimond who was making his third appearance of the season. The opening heat of the night was a white/yellow challenge heat and whilst Howie was first home but had been penalised two places by the Steward for an infringement. This elevated Alex Gault into the winners circle, his first formula II win, with Ryan Farquhar the runner up. Heat one saw Chris Burgoyne charge through to win from Marc Fortune and Dennis Middler. Burgoyne then took his car through for another win in heat two where he led home Stevie Forster and Craig Wallace. Nigel Davies led the field away when the final started but so too had Howie and it wasn’t long before the lead changed hands. However no sooner had Howie taken the lead than he spun with Farquhar taking over at the head of the field. Davies and Fortune bounced off each other on the pit bend but carried on. Burgoyne took advantage of their clash to move into second whilst Davies and John Hogg retired in quick succession. Just before the half distance Burgoyne moved into the lead and quickly opened a sizeable gap over his chasers. Mark Somerville retired whilst Farquhar dropped a couple of places. Burgoyne went on to make it three wins in a row when he took the chequer ahead of Fortune and Middler.
Fortune went on to win the Grand National from Howie with Middler third and Burgoyne sixth.
Callum McIvor was back in the 2 litre saloons but there were a few others missing. Heat one was led for most of the time by Greg Honeyman but on the last lap James Strath had caught him. On the last bend Strath eased the Honeyman car over before slipping through to win from G. Honeyman and Marc Honeyman. In heat two the race followed a similar pattern although this time Strath took the lead earlier and went on to win from Ross Watters and M. Honeyman G. Honeyman led the field away when the final started getting the better of the starts with Kes Watson tucking in behind. Strath moved into third ahead of M. Honeyman whilst Ian McLaughlin and Watters were fighting it out over fifth. Watters managed to get ahead of M. Honeyman whilst the gap between G. Honeyman and Strath was diminishing all the time. On the last lap they were noise to tail with Strath again getting the better of the exchanges to win his third race of the night with Watters in third place. G. Honeyman won the Allcomers race from M. Honeyman and Watters.
There was a good turn out of ORCi stock rods with Chris Paul making his debut and local drivers were
Michael Bethune won the opening heat from Craig Tosh and Leon Stewart. James Matson came out on top in heat two where he led home Kevin Forrester and Tosh. Chris Hutchison made the better of the starts when the final started but soon had Tosh reeling him in. Matson made contact with Paul and had to retire whilst Paul Prentice spun on the pit bend and restarted. Tosh was through into the lead on lap three running ahead of Hutchison and Forrester. Bethune and Jim Pitcaithly clashed with Bethune having to retire. Forrester was making up ground on Tosh whilst just behind James Gray and Martin Rankine were squabbling over fourth. Then disaster, Prentice’s engine blew going into the turnstile bend, dropping its oil onto the track and catching out Paul and Simon Morris who slid into the wall and suspending the race. Tosh led on the restart but lost out to Forrester who went on to win from Tosh and Pitcaithly.
There weren’t too many prostox around with John Mason winning heats one and two but in the final it was Leslie Paterson who led from start to finish and crossed the line clear of Robert Fawcett and Mason.
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