There was no shortage of action at the stock car meeting at the GMP Cowdenbeath Racewall on Saturday night where the ministox drivers revelled on a dry track as they fought out a Keir Millar Memorial Trophy round. The leaders delayed themselves on the last bend allowing the third placed driver to dive to the inside and briefly into the lead. Unfortunately he clipped a marker tyre which lifted his can into the air and it was fourth placed Steven Burgoyne who nipped through to win.
Kieran Howie had won a couple of formula II races but had hit problems and had to retire after the opening heat with Chris Burgoyne then taking over to win a heat as well as the final.
The microf2 drivers turned up in their numbers and produced some close and fast racing with one or two bumps along the way.
The Rookie Bangers saw Stevie Allan and James McLean fall out during the final resulting in both cars suffering a lot of damage.
Missing from the formula II ranks were Gordon Moodie, Garry Sime, Dennis Middler and Craig Reid but on the plus side Gregor Turner had his car back in action. The first heat of the night was a white/yellow challenge heat with Howie quickly going into the lead but Turner quickly retired after a spin. In the end Howie scored an easy win over Brian Hogg Jnr and Colin Forbes. The first heat saw Forbes lead the cars away but within a couple of laps Howie was through into the lead. Chris Burgoyne drifted wide and after clipping the wall had to retire. Hogg Jnr ran in second with Paul Reid third but making progress through the field was Robbie Dawson although Liam Rennie and Craig Wallace were not that far adrift. As the laps dwindled Dawson moved through into second place but Howie was still clear and he went on to win from Dawson and Wallace. Forbes led the cars away when heat two started but on lap two it was Turner who was ahead of Hogg Jnr and Holly Glen. Burgoyne made a good start from the back of the grid getting ahead of Wallace and Euan Millar in quick succession. Turner stretched his lead but once Burgoyne moved into second place he began to cut into the lead. With four laps remaining Burgoyne got ahead of Turner before going through for a comfortable win over Turner with Rennie in third spot.
When the final got underway it was Forbes who led over the first two laps and then it was Turner who led from Hogg Jnr but this time it was Rennie who was running strongly quickly opened up a gap over Dawson although Burgoyne was closing down the pair of them. With six laps remaining Rennie got ahead of Turner, who then slowly dropped down the order, but it was Burgoyne who was now closing in on the leader. A couple of laps later Burgoyne gave Rennie a push going into the top bend before diving through on the inside to take the lead. Burgoyne then chalked up his second win of the night from Rennie with Dawson just fending off Wallace for third.
At the start to the Grand National Forbes was first away but he was quickly caught and passed by Turner and Hogg Jnr. Rennie was running ahead of Dawson with Wallace a couple of car lengths adrift. Just after the half distance Rennie managed to open up a slight gap over Dawson and then closed in on Turner. With three laps remaining Rennie moved into the lead with Turner dropping to fourth and whilst Rennie went on to win Wallace nipped through on the last lap to snatch second place from Dawson with Burgoyne in fifth place after starting the race with a lap handicap.
The ministox drivers were contesting one of the Keir Millar Memorial trophy rounds and there was a good turn out of drivers including Bradley “Buster” Sage Jnr who had travelled up from Templecloud in the south west of England.
The first heat was open to white/yellow grade drivers only and it gave Declan Honeyman his first ministox win when he led home Reece Din and Lauren Ford. The first heat was led off by Honeyman but on lap six Ryan Borthwick was the new leader although Honeyman was running in close order. Gary Paterson caught up with the leading duo and moved into the lead, going on to win from Danny Whyte and R. Borthwick. Heat two saw Honeyman make another good start whilst behind R. Borthwick had Whyte and Paterson in close order whilst at the back Sean Naismith was ahead of Steven Burgoyne as they started to make up ground. Paterson moved into second but then lost out to Whyte and whilst they were dicing Naismith and Burgoyne were closing then in. Honeyman had a healthy lead with Paterson back in second as they laps dwindled but Burgoyne was now in third. Honeyman held off the attentions from behind to win his second race of the night where he was ahead of Burgoyne and Whyte at the line.
Honeyman made the netter of the starts when the final started but soon had Whyte and Paterson behind although they were to slow each other as the fought over second. Naismith was running ahead of Burgoyne and they were making inroads through the field. As the laps dwindled Paterson got ahead of Whyte then Honeyman to lead whilst behind them came Burgoyne with Naismith glued to his back bumper. The last lap proved to be hectic with Paterson leading going into the pit bend but was then tee boned by Whyte. As they slowed Honeyman aimed for a narrowing gap but clipped the infield marker tyre and as he regained the track Burgoyne dived through to win from Naismith and the recovering Honeyman.
There was another good turn out of Rookie Bangers and as usual plenty of action. The opening heat saw Ryan Martin roll his car whilst David Linton sent Stevie Allan wide on the last bend as he nipped through to win with mark Morrison in third place. In heat two Linton again caught and passed Allan before going on to win from Allan and Dayle Ashall. Not long after the final had started then Linton appeared in the lead before going on to win from Allan. When the Destruction derby started Allan and James McLean had a falling out which left the McLean car wrecked against the wall. Sean McConnachie managed to get his car going albeit slowly but in the end Linton crowned a hectic night by being the last car running.
The microf2 drivers turned up in their numbers with Harry Robertson making his debut. The opening heat saw Freya Lovett go straight into the lead but she spun out with Billie Dawson whilst later the race was stopped after a couple of cars tangled on the top bend. Ross McLaughlin then got the better of the run through the back markers and he went through to win from Jamie Dawson and Leon Muir. There was another stoppage in the second heat but this time Todd Anderson fended off a late challenge from J. Dawson to win with Lovett in third place.
There was drama during the Apex Garden Buildings of Falkirk final with Lovett the initial leader from Kara Russell whilst Dean Heeps was running ahead of a group of cars. T. Anderson closed the gap to move into the lead with Lewis Clark Burgoyne and J. Dawson closing the gap. On the last bend there was contact between Anderson and Clark Burgoyne resulting in Clark Burgoyne spinning. This allowed J. Dawson through to win from Lovett and McLaughlin. However all the microf2 drivers were to receive a memento to mark the occasion.
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