BriSCA F2 Stock Cars
A steady entry of 15 BriSCA F2 Stock Cars included 3 Liam Rennie, World Champion 647 Chris Burgoyne and 629 Euan Millar who had journeyed north from King's Lynn the night before. Millar was never to start a race due to mechanical woes, leaving 14 cars to do battle. Returnee 172 Trevor Harris was first to show in heat one from the white grade, and although he was briefly overhauled by 391 Gregor Turner, C. Burgoyne made his way through with a couple of laps remaining to win from Turner and Harris. Rennie crossed the line backwards in the battle for fourth, slowing 674 Steven Burgoyne just about enough to allow 975 Graeme Leckie to sneak through for fifth. Harris was never to relinquish his lead in heat two and recorded a popular victory, with Turner second and C. Burgoyne third. The Final was halted a little before half distance after a tangle between 652 Stephen Forster and S. Burgoyne left their cars in a vulnerable position at the pit gate. C. Burgoyne soon got past early leader Harris and went on to take his second victory of the afternoon, while Rennie just about held off 16 Craig Wallace for second. Rennie and Wallace had a similar battle for glory in the Grand National, and Rennie once again prevailed. Turner just outdragged C. Burgoyne to the line for third place.
Saloon Stock Cars
A slightly disappointing turnout of 13 Saloon Stock Cars included 38 Barry Glen and 600 Barry Russell who had raced at King's Lynn the previous evening. 407 Declan Honeyman and 546 Charlie Folan duelled throughout the first heat of the afternoon, with Honeyman making a decisive move on Folan on the final lap to take the win, while Glen was a distant third. Honeyman took control of heat two early on and recorded his second win of the afternoon, on what was his debut outing, with Folan and Glen once again the placemen. In a frantic end further down the field, 86 Andy Ainslie spun Russell on the back straight before getting past 5 Tam Rutherford Jnr on the last bend – only to then be docked for a keen getaway by the Steward. The pair were running in close order at the start of the Final until Honeyman spun on the entry to the back straight. Folan took full advantage to take his first win in the formula, while Glen and Russell made their long trips worthwhile with second and third places respectively.
ORCi Stock Rods
A couple of late cancellations left 17 ORCi Stock Rods at the Racewall for their season opener, including visiting Northern Irishman 981 Andy McLeister. Newcomer 17 Dylan Smart made a storming start to heat one, with 257 Paul Prentice in hot pursuit. The pair were never to be caught as Smart took the win, from Prentice, with returnee 172 Derek Conner third. It was roles reversed in heat two with Prentice taking full advantage of Smart taking his place at the back of the white grade as a race winner. Indeed Prentice was to take the win, ahead of Smart and Conner. The Final, gridded in points order within grades, put Smart on pole position with Prentice alongside. It was the other of the white graders, 100 Cameron McDonald, who shot into the lead at the outset however, although he was soon passed by Smart and 255 Graham Osborne. Osborne took over in front and had built a gap when an untidy incident on the back straight saw Smart forced into retirement while Conner was severely delayed. 612 Leon Stewart made his way up into second ahead of British Champion 272 John McAllister, ORCi Champion 83 Michael Bethune, World Champion 29 David Philp Jnr and National Points Champion 216 Cameron Doak, who were soon running line astern. None of them could catch Osborne however, who was still clear at the flag. Stewart was next across the line ahead of McAllister.
A strong field of 22 ORCi Ministox gathered, including no less than four new drivers. A Whites & Yellows race was first up, which raised 8 cars. 3 Madison Gilmour came through from last car to win, ahead of fellow yellow grader 858 Rhys Anderson and 644 Owen Marshall. Heat one proper was suspended when ORCi & Scottish Champion 178 Scott Allardyce's car shed a wheel on the home straight, and was promptly ran over by 145 Rachel Kidd. 42 Jake Wilson led the restart and reeled off the remaining laps to win ahead of 7 Charlie Hardie and 050 Ethan Jack Gemmell. Heat two was to be halted twice – first when Wilson collected a marker tyre heavily on the home straight, and second when newcomer 27 Robbie Scott performed a huge roll over on the turnstile bend – thankfully both stepped out unhurt. 84 Robbie Armit had taken the lead shortly before the first stoppage and survived a last lap shootout to take the win, ahead of Hardie and Gemmell. The 'Let the Sparks Fly' Trophy Final was led early on by Marshall and Anderson, but before long Armit had taken the reins. With a couple of laps remaining he was around a third of a lap clear of his nearest challengers Wilson and Hardie when 675 Charlie Faichney had another huge roll over on the pit bend – his third spectacular roll in less than a year. Charlie stepped out with nothing more than a few scrapes and bruises, while the race was declared with Armit as the winner.
BriSCA F2 Stock Cars