The stock car action at the Cowdenbeath Racewall turned out to be pretty hectic on Saturday night although Scottish formula II drivers Craig Wallace and Gordon Moodie lifted the roof when they came out on top in two action packed semi-finals. However Rob Mitchell spectacularly rolled his car during the opening formula II semi final whilst Stuart Shevill Snr came back out of retirement for the Joan Purdie memorial a
and promptly rolled his car although he did have a little help from behind. There was a massive pile up in the first of the semi-finals which suspended the race and left quite a few cars looking very sorry for them selves.
The formula II practice session on Saturday afternoon was mixed with initially a dry session but that quickly changed when a relatively heavy shower caused havoc. However everyone survived and another session was arranged for Luke Wrench who had been stuck on the M6 for 2 hours and only arrived very late in the afternoon.
The first of the semi-finals got off to a hectic start with David Polley going into the lead but the race was suspended after Liam Bentham was sent crashing into the wall and was promptly collected by the pack with no fewer than seven cars sidelined. Polley again led on the restart but on lap three there was another stoppage after Stephen Smith crashed into the wall and required assistance out of his car. On the restart Polley now had Wallace in close order with Kelvyn Marshall just ahead of Andrew Palmer and Mike Green. Polley made a good restart but Wallace managed to keep in touch then closed the gap. Dennis Middler was forced wide and dropped places but to a great roar from the crowd Wallace got inside Polley to lead. However just after taking the lead Mitchell rolled his car suspending the race. Wallace made a good restart and then went on to win from Polley and Marshall with the other Scottish hope, Middler finishing just outside the top ten.
Semi-final 2 was led off by Moodie but was soon stopped after Philip Mann crashed into the wall. Moodie made a good restart from Adam Rubery with Wrench running ahead of Millar but when Lee Darby spun he was teeboned by James Rogers stopping the race. The restart was brief with Matt Everard and Gary Allan tangling on the main straight. Moodie made another good restart but Rubery was slow off the mark and it was Wrench who moved into second. However Robbie Dawson was making inroads through the field and he caught up with Wrench. However Moodie was clear and he went through to win from Dawson and Wrench with Millar in fifth place.
Heat three saw Marc Fortune go through to win from Stevie Forster and Paul Reid. The consolation race ended with James Riggall take the win from Middler and Ian Thompson.
The final was for the Chapman trophy with Craig Reid leading the field away but within a couple of laps Gregor Turner was through into the lead. John Hogg was soon leading the chase but towards the end of the race he was moved off line as Dawson, Moodie and Wallace overtook. Dawson was pushed wide the following lap with Moodie now second but with Wallace on his back bumper. Pete Davidson spun his car but the field managed to avoid his car with Turner going through to win from Moodie and Wallace with the first three being presented with their trophies from Chris Burgoyne.
Ben Lockwood went on to win the Grand National from Riggall and Dawson.
There was a veterans race with quite a few of the “elder” formula II drivers behind the wheel. Jimmy Wallace went through to win from Keith Stanford and Ronnie Ford.
There were quite a few English saloon drivers in action for the forthcoming World Championship including Shane Davies, Deane Mayes, Daniel Parker and Simon Vennie Heat one was won by Ross Graham who led home Vennie and Davies. Ross Watters won heat two from Davies and Kyle Irvine. Parker then won the final from Mayes and Davies whilst Luke Grief won the Allcomers from Ian McLaughlin and Irvine.
In the Stock Rods, Stuart Wedderburn led the Jane Burt Memorial trophy from start to finish winning from Trevor Calvin and David Kempton with Kempton winning both the Allcomers races.
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