The bangers may have come to town for their Scottish Championship on Saturday night and whilst there were few finishers in any of their races the most spectacular incident of the night came in the formula II final when Stevie Forster rolled his formula II.
The certainly was some massive pile up at the Cowdenbeath Racewall leaving many a wrecked car and when Sean McConnachie was shunted heavily into the pit gate and required assistance out of his car the race was suspended.
Newcomer Craig Warner will long remember his debut in the prostock basics formula, which is solely for newcomers, when he won the second heat and then ended up rolling his car during the final.
Sean Naismith pipped Steven Burgoyne on the run up to the line during the ministox final
Whilst in the microf2s there were a couple of pile ups along the way.
There were a couple of visitors in the formula IIs coming in the form of Kyle Taylor and Colin Smith – the latter making his first visit to the track. When heat one started Adam Blacklock was caught by the red graders who made too good a start and he head to retire. Once the race started there was another race suspension, this time after Gregor Turner had been clipped only for a half shaft to break and he spun out of the race. Liam Rennie was the new leader and he went through to win the opening heat from Craig Wallace and Robbie Dawson. Heat two saw Holly Glen appear after having arrived late at the track with Rennie again going through to win from Wallace with Ian Thompson coming home in third spot.
Although Craig Reid was the early leader when the final started he soon lost out to Smith but the race had to be suspended when John Hogg and Glen tangled leaving both cars against the wall. On the restart Paul Reid drove around the outside of the pack but when he came back on line tangled with Stevie Forster resulting in the latter’s car rolling, in what seemed to be slow motion, before crashing back down onto the track on its roof and wrecking the wing in the process.
The cars reformed behind Smith and this time the start was a good one although the leader had to give best to Rennie the next time around. Once ahead Rennie began to ease away from the field. Euan Millar briefly held second spot but he lost out to Robbie Dawson and then Wallace a couple of laps later. However by now Rennie was well clear and he went through for an easy win and led home Dawson and Wallace to the finish line.
There was another big field of ministox drivers and as usual there was plenty of close racing, a few shunts and spins whilst Taylor Borthwick had an interesting final when she hit a marker tyre hard, restarted and then seemed to lose control on the main straight before crashing heavily into the wall. Making her ministox debut was Samantha Rogerson.
The opening heat was led off by Barry Scott but his lead was short lived as Jamie Stewart took over at the lead. The race was suspended after Lauren Ford’s car came to a halt on the main straight and she was collected by another car before the race could be halted. Once she was safely out of the car Stewart was moved over as Borthwick took the lead closely followed by Mitch Gold and Steven Burgoyne. However Burgoyne managed to get inside both on the pit bend before going through to win from Gold and T. Borthwick.
Heat two was a quieter affair with Gold leading but being slowly caught by Danny Whyte. During the closing stages of the race Whyte managed to dive through on the inside to take the lead as well as the win from Gold and Teri Linden.
The final was suspended after a shunt but on the restart Stewart was soon through into the lead but after Gold had had a few laps in the lead Burgoyne took over at the front of the field with Naismith closing. Soon the leaders were running nose to tail and catching back marker Linden. On the last lap they were still nose to tail but Naismith found the inside line and went through for a narrow win over Burgoyne with Michael Mitchell in third spot. There was another healthy turn out of drivers in the prostock basics with two new drivers having their first taste of racing on the grid.
Heat one saw John Rankin go through for a comfortable win over Dougie Ford and Connor Jones. Heat two ended with newcomer Warner lead the race from start to finish crossing the finish line clear of Ford and Ian Sutherland.
Warner went straight into the lead when the final started but when some of the drivers got their lines wrong on the top bend the race was suspended. However Warner made a good restart and started to pull away after a three car pile up the race was again suspended. This time on the restart Warner was spun by Ford whilst Claire Ryan was spun on the back straight and then in flash Warner managed to roll his car. Ford was declared the winner from Robert Grant and Jones.
There was a good turn out for the 2 litre banger Scottish Championship with a good sprinkling of visiting drivers.
Jak Denikiewicz started from pole position and when the green flag dropped he shot straight into the lead from Stevie Allan. It didn’t take long for the carnage to start with James Dillon sidelined with a misfire whilst on the top bend cars piled into each other although quite a few restarted. Ben Gaitskell tangled with Joe Morgan resulting in both retiring but wherever you looked there were retired cars, Brian Youngson spun and crashed into Morgan’s car whilst James Dillon Jnr was running with a flat rear tyre. However Denikiewicz was running clear of the field with Jon Taylor in second with Dillon Jnr getting ahead of Ryan Martin – the only remaining runners. Denikiewicz then reeled off the remaining laps to win from Taylor and Dillon Jnr.
The heat which followed the Scottish was every bit as hectic and in one shunt Josh Heeps, Marc Dalgarno, Youngson and Dillon were involved in a shunt whilst later Mark Morrison spun out of the race. Alan Ellwood led from Neil Naismith but Ellwood was to hit a spun car whilst Naismith spun. This handed the lead to Ryan Scott but he tangled with Philip Blower whilst Nathan Wren was shunted heavily into the wall by Blower but carried on. This handed the lead to Lee Kopacz who went on to win the race from Wren and Denikiewicz.
The final ended with Pete McVay going through to win, leading the race from start to finish and winning from Morrison and Denikiewicz. However no sooner had the Destruction Derby started that it was abandoned after the stretch limo of Sean McConnachie hit hard from behind then sent crashing into the pit gate. The driver needed assistance out of the car a bit shaken but apparently alright. The microf2 drivers again turned up in good numbers and there was a lot of close racing from the 7 to 11 year old drivers.
The first heat saw Sam Critchley go through to win from Archie Grindley and Ross McLaughlin. Heat two saw David Philp Jnr lead the race from start to finish to claim his first ever race win and he led home Critchley and Grindley. Philp Jnr led the final for most of the time but lost his lead after a pile up on the main straight. Philip Jnr now had Grindley in close order and going onto the back straight the leaders touched and this allowed McLaughlin through to win from a recovering Philp Jnr and Jolean Maynard.
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