On a warm and sunny Saturday evening the stock car drivers were in good form at the Cowdenbeath Racewall enjoying racing on a dry and fast track. Mind you later on there was a slight coating of oil which made the bends a bit tricky.
There were good fields of cars in both the Formula IIs and Prostock Basics with the latter formula taking the top billing when they raced for their Scottish Championship.
There were new faces in the Prostock Basics with Taylor Osborne, John Downs and Kev Bell whilst in the Prostocks John Borthwick and Grant Barker were both making their debuts.
Triple Formula II World Champion Gordon Moodie was having his first outing since winning the World at Buxton and he made it a winning one when he came out on top in the opening heat.
The Prostock Basic gridded a field of 20 for their Scottish Championship and the public saw Tiffany Mills draw pole position and she was to start with Steven Jones alongside with Dean Whiteley and Megan Wilson behind.
After the grid had been formed the cars began their warm up lap and when the green flag dropped Mills made the better of the starts to lead Whiteley and Declan Lindsell into the turnstile bend. Mills led the field across the line at the end of the opening lap and began to ease away as Whiteley and Lindsell scrapped over second. Wilson held onto fourth but was losing ground and beginning to be caught by a group of cars led by Joanne Hilditch. However on lap seven the race was suspended after Nicole Russell was clipped and sent into a spin on the main straight. The cars lined up single file on the back straight behind Mills and when the race restarted Mills led the field away and again was easing away as Whiteley and Lindsell were again squabbling over second but now had David Sher in close order. Callum Rennie was making up ground but suddenly it was all change as Mills slowed and stopped handing the lead to Whiteley. Lindsell was now under pressure from Sher with Rennie in fourth having hauled himself into contention.
Whiteley went wide and lost ground, dropping to third as Lindsell took over at the front of the pack but now had Sher swarming all over the back of his car, A couple of laps later Sher was ahead of Lindsell with Rennie moving into third as Whiteley slowed and retired. Lindsell tried to get back ahead but Sher held his line and went through to win an exciting Scottish Championship with Rennie in third. However in post race scrutineering Sher’s car was disqualified handing the win to Lindsell with Rennie promoted to the runners up spot and Wilson to third.
In the heats which followed the first was won by Cameron Archibald, his first ever win, from Rennie and Martin Loggie. Heat two saw Loggie get the better of Russell to go through to win with Jack Robertson in third spot.
Amongst the Formula IIs in action were World Champion Gordon Moodie whilst the in-form Steven Burgoyne, who is moving up to Superstar at the beginning of October, was looking to claim yet another final win. Back in action was Antony McAuliffe and Steven McClymont whilst Colin Stewart was down from Crimond for the second week in succession.
The opening heat proved to be a race of attrition with 16 drivers starting and only six making it to the finish line. Towards the end of the race Stewart was spun into the pit bend and was collected by Peter Watt. The last lap shoot out saw Moodie secure his first win since the World Final when he made a good restart and was still clear of Adam Blacklock as they crossed the finish line with Chris Burgoyne third. S. Burgoyne then won heat two where he led home Moodie and C. Burgoyne.
Alex Gault led the field away when the final started with McAuliffe slotting into second whilst Kyle Taylor was in third. When Pete Davidson spun in front of the pack he was clipped and the race was suspended. The field lined up behind Gault who led the field away on the restart but the following lap Moodie and McAuliffe tangled and spun, although both restarted. Gault’s lead was diminishing as S. Burgoyne closed in and a few laps later the lead changed hands. Gault was falling into the clutches of A. Blacklock and Stevie Forster. C. Burgoyne retired as Gault was sent side and dropped to fourth. Up front S. Burgoyne was clear and he went through to win from A. Blacklock and Forster.
Not too many cars appeared for the Grand National with McAuliffe leading the race from start to finish to win his first ever race although he ended up spinning on the slow down lap. Garry Sime was second with S. Burgoyne third.
The Prostock drivers were in good form with Ian Christie appearing in the ex-Andrew Webster car with Borthwick and Barker making their debuts.
Ryan Martin led the opening heat from start to finish chalking up an easy win and he was followed home by Craig Murray and Robert Hamilton. It looked for a while as if Martin was going to make it double but he hit problems and it was Dean McGill who went through to win from Sean Devine and John Mason.
Barker was the leader when the final started from Martin but they swapped places on the next lap. McGill made up a couple of early places and then over the next few laps went through into the lead as the leading duo hit troubles.
McGill had built up a lead but then John Jackson began to eat into it and soon both were running in close order. Although Jackson tried to ease his way through into the lead but then McGill began to open up the gap before going through to win his second race of the night leading home Jackson and Mason.
There were a few more bangers in action than at their last outing when Brian Youngson went through to win heat one from Stevie Allan and Jon Taylor. Heat two turned out to be one of these races with Youngson sending Allan crashing into the pit bend wall resulting in both cars topping on the pit bend. Dayle Brock then led but he got out of shape and bounced off the wall and retired, Scott McConnachie took over the lead but he
ended up spinning and it was Taylor who won from Jamie Sangster.
Unfortunately not too many cars made it onto the grid for the final with Youngson going though to win from Taylor and Sangster.
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