The microbanger drivers thrilled the spectators with some spectacular action at the Cowdenbeath Racewall on a dry and sunny Saturday evening. Don Lineham brought his car up from Newcastle to do battle and left the stadium with the dubious honour if being one of the few drivers to roll his car not once but twice during the meeting.
The first came in the Scottish Supreme race where he was clipped and his car rolled in slow motion ending up on its roof. During the Destruction Darby he was again clipped on the pit bend and again rolled his car.
Pete McVay was in a shunt at the start to heat one and rolled whilst Darren Linton was another to roll this time after clipping a car on the main straight and barrel rolling his car although when the car dropped back onto all four wheels he drove away!
Aaron Cuthill was shunted in his microbanger and crashed head on into the pit gate. However after complaining about neck pains he was cut out of his car and taken to the Victoria Hospital for a check up and thankfully discharged later on.
In the formula IIs Craig Wallace was the dominant driver although in the second heat he had to settle for the runners up spot by literally a coat of paint! Three different winners in the 2 Litre National saloons where the drivers served up some close and fast saloon racing with the bumpers being used to move the other drivers over. Spare a though for saloon driver Barry Glen who didn’t get out last week after running into engine bothers. Well Glen was back with another engine under the hood and yes it blew up during practice!
In the 1300saloons Aaron Hastie dominated by winning a heat and then the final in style.
There were a few of the regular formula II drivers missing but Laura Dawson brought her car down from Aberdeen whilst Kieran Howie had managed to repair the mechanical problem which sidelined him last week.
Craig Reid was the first to show when the opening heat started and led over the opening four laps when he lost out to Stevie Forster. Forster edged away but when Craig Wallace appeared in second the gap began to close. Mind you so too did the laps and with only a couple of laps remaining Wallace was through into the lead and on to win from Forster and Robbie Dawson. Heat two was led off by Colin Forbes but he lost the lead to Pete Davidson. Forster had made a quick start from the blue grade and on lap three was ahead and then set about opening up as big a lead as he could. Robbie Dawson was leading the charge from the red grade but he had to contend with Wallace who was looking to get ahead of him. This he did and then closed the gap to Forster. The cars were nose to tail on the last lap but despite Wallace getting into the inside line Forster held on to win by the narrowest of margins with Dawson again in third spot. Forbes beat Davidson off the line when the final started but within a couple of laps Forster was through into the lead. Wallace got ahead of Euan Millar at the start and then dived inside of Garry Sime. Dawson was sitting in second spot and by half distance he had been caught by Wallace and Sime. The gap to Forster had all but disappeared when Wallace moved inside of Dawson and onto the back bumper of Forster. A couple of laps later Wallace emerged in the lead but Forster was now having to look sharp to keep Dawson at bay. This he did until two laps from the end when Dawson moved him wide to grab second place.
Dawson’s Grand National race was brief when he it an oil patch on the opening lap, crashed into the pit bend wall before his car dropped back onto the track. Forbes was the early leader but the race developed into a dice between Forster and Sime. Over the closing laps Forster was trying to hold onto the lead but a deft nudge by Sime sent him wide and in a flash Garry was through into the lead. Once there he pulled away to win from Forster and Millar.
JackThompson brought his 2 litre saloon north again for another run at the Racewall and ended up with some good results. Raymond Dick led the field away when heat one started and was still ahead when Ross Watters’ car shed a wheel suspending the race. Although Dick led the field away he was brushed aside as Kyle Irvine went through to win from Graeme Anderson and Ian McLaughlin. Heat two saw Dick again leading the field for a good few laps but this time it was Anderson who caught him before taking the lead. Despite McLaughlin trying to close the gap, Anderson held on to win with Watters in third. Dick was the leader when the final started and he set about pulling away from the pack. Thompson appeared in second but soon lost the place to Anderson. Watters had managed to make a break from the red grade drivers and he set off after those ahead. Anderson was caught and dropped to third but as the laps began to run out Watters caught and passed him. Once there he went on to win with McLaughlin just getting the better run to the line to claim second from Anderson but there wasn’t much in it!
The 1300 saloon drivers were in good form with quite a bit of use of the bumpers to help make up places.
Aaron Hastie went through to a comfortable opening heat win over Grant McGowan and Fraser Anderson. Fraser Anderson then got the better of Lee Wilson to win heat two with Hastie in third place. The final was fast and furious with Hastie and Stu McCaig fighting it out for the lead but whilst they were doing so Anderson began to close the gap. As the race entered the second half Hastie began to ease away and then picked up his second win of the night with Anderson coming through into second with McCaig holding onto third.
The Scottish Supreme was the first race of the night for the micro banger drivers and was suspended early on after Lineham rolled his car. Gary Chambers was the first to show when the race started but he lost out to Callum Campbell but he was caught and spun by Stevie Allan. Allan began to pull away but then retired in a cloud of smoke. However after Mark Scollan was in a shunt the race was again suspended. Campbell led the field away from Lee Birden but James Dillon spun and Birden pulled out. Campbell was now well clear and he went through to win from Chambers and Ryan Thomson. David Linton went on to an easy second heat win from Birden and PJ Fullen.The Destruction Darby was hectic with Darren Linton barrel rolling his car and after some heavy head on shunts Pete McVay Jnr was the winner.
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