Saturday 2023

Despite the gloomy weather predictions the opening stock car meeting got underway at the Cowdenbeath Racewall in bright but chilly conditions. However as the meeting was drawing to a close the snow started to fall.
There were double heat wins for Gordon Moodie in the Formula IIs, and for Jamie Dawson in the ORCi Ministox whilst there was a heat and Final win for Michael Bethune in the ORCi Stock Rods. First time wins came for Ryan McGill and Kai Gilmour whilst Cameron McDonald picked up his first ever ORCi Stock Rod win. Spare a thought though for David Philp Jnr who blew his clutch in practice but had a replacement in for his opening heat!
There was a good turn out of Saloons including Ryan Wright and Matty Stirling from Northern Ireland and Joey Reynolds from Guildford. New faces were Kai Gilmour, Cammy Deans, Paul Henderson and Kielan Ogilvie. The Saloon action was fast and furious and we even had a son spinning out his father - bet it was a difficult drive home!
If the Saloons carry on in this vein then it is going to be quite a season.
K. Gilmour went straight into the lead when the first race started and despite there being plenty of bumper action and spins was still there at the close finishing ahead of Stirling and Zak Gilmour.  Not long after heat two started Harry Bruce and Ogilvie crashed heavily into the pit bend wall with the Bruce car sustaining a lot of damage front and rear. Not long after the restart oil was dropped resulting in Stirling hitting the wall and spinning, requiring assistance to get out if his car. On the restart K. Gilmour was brushed aside as Ross Watters went through to win from Stevie Honeyman and Barry Russell.
K. Gilmour led the field away at the start to the final as the snow began to get heavier. There was plenty of contact with Stirling coming to grief whilst Declan Honeyman sent father Stevie spinning. Zak Gilmour caught and passed his younger brother Kai to go through to win from his brother and Euan Mathieson. Zak received a tyre from Anderson Engineering. 
With the new tyres coming into play at the beginning of April it was surprising that the Formula II numbers were low. Tom Bennett was a welcome visitor, Ryan McGill was a new face whilst Brian Hogg Jnr had returned after an absence.
McGill led the opening heat for most of the race only to lose out to Gordon Moodie with Liam Rennie in third. McGill retired right at the start to heat two which ended with another Moodie win from Rennie and Emma Mellis. McGill led the final from start to finish winning from Rennie and Mellis with Moodie retiring midway through the race.
The Grand National was won by John Hogg, celebrating the birth of his son and he led home Rennie and Paul Reid
The ORCi Ministox were as usual exciting with non stop action throughout their races with Finlay Gemmell and Kevin Graham the newcomers. Ollie Sime led the field away but a three car suspended the race. Sime led the cars away on the restart but was swallowed by the pack but when Sam Cavanagh and Shaun Boyle were caught up, the race was again suspended.  This time Jamie Dawson led but despite a challenge from Robbie Armit held on to win with Ross McLaughlin in third. Heat two saw the cars start through a cloud of dust after oil had been dropped onto the track. A five cars shunt suspended the race with Freya Lovett spinning as Kerr Paterson spun Ross McLaughlin and they hit the parked car of Caiden Abernethy. The field was led off by Paterson but as the race drew to a close it was Dawson leading from Armit and Rian Mitchell. They were almost three abreast exiting the last corner with Mitchell making his bid for the win, Dawson and Armit spun across the finish line in that order with Mitchell third. The final was suspended after Mason Howe's car came to a halt on the main straight. Paterson had led but the lap prior to the stoppage Armit had forced his way into the lead. The last few laps were exciting and on the last lap Mitchell forced his way into the lead only for Armit to dive inside on the last bend to with in third.
New cars in the ORCi Stock Rods were those of Dylan Smart and James Halkett.
Halkett was the initial leader but lost out to Cameron McDonald who built up a lead but lost out due to a race suspensions. In the end Michael Bethune won from James Gray and David Philip Jnr. The second heat was led for all but one lap but that was the first and when McDonald took the lead there was to be stopping him as he went on to win his first race leading home Bethune and John McAllister.
Not long after the final started the field bunched, Philp Jnr was delayed and for the remainder of the race Bethune had to fend off the attentions of Sean Naismith to win with McAllister third. Bethune received a tyre from Designer Windows and Doors.

BriSCA F2 Stock Cars

Heat 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Heat 1 7 463 3 621 213 92 280 217 0 0
Heat 2 7 3 621 92 213 17 280 217 0 0
Final 463 3 621 213 280 92 17 217 0 0
GN 92 3 17 217 280 213 463 0 0 0

National Saloons

Heat 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Heat 1 121 747 122 670 661 407 600 760 153 136
Heat 2 670 607 600 122 121 760 697 407 19 153
Final 122 121 125 760 607 697 153 670 407 207


Heat 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Heat 1 165 84 628 50 172 68 88 27 79 51
Heat 2 165 84 172 167 50 644 699 629 689 51
Final 84 172 165 50 167 680 88 51 629 27

Stock Rods

Heat 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Heat 1 83 197 29 100 351 854 700 67 338 686
Heat 2 100 83 272 67 700 197 351 854 141 240
Final 83 700 272 197 67 854 29 240 141 100