After a three week break the stock car drivers were itching to get back into the fray and at the Cowdenbeath Racewall on a dry Saturday night they certainly enjoyed themselves!
There were three rollovers, Aaron Fleming and Jon Taylor in the micro bangers whilst Todd Anderson managed to roll his microf2 but luckily stepped out of his car unhurt!
In the stock rods Russell Clacher made his return whilst David Kempton made his return after a heavy shunt a winning one!
However in the stock rods there were two or three shunts and in the first one David Dignan (Leven) injured his shoulder whilst in heat two Dougie McLean and Jim Pitcaithly tangled on the back straight before they veered across the track and into the marker tyres.
After his formula II European success down at Northampton Chris Burgoyne was given a warm reception by the fans then celebrated by winning both the heats as well as the final.
Euan Millar and Steven Burgoyne were in top form in their minis and the dicing between them had to be seen to be believed.
Amongst those in action in the formula IIs was Mark Dews from Darlington whilst Colin Forbes was having a run in Daniel Scrimgeour shale car but whilst he was in the pits John Hogg struggled with a mechanical problem and didn’t make it onto the track until the final. By then Robbie Dawson had encountered a problem and he had loaded up Burgoyne went through to win the opening heat from Dawson and Kieran Howie. In heat two Burgoyne again mad light of working his way through the field to win from Gordon Moodie and Adam Blacklock. Howie was the first to show when the final started and quickly pulled away from Pete Davidson although the latter soon had Paul Reid in close order. Moodie had made a good start to the race and was running ahead of Craig Wallace and Burgoyne but within a matter of a couple of laps Burgoyne was ahead of both. Howie was comfortable in the lead but now had P. Reid in second but Burgoyne was quickly closing the gap although he head Moodie in close order. At the half distance Burgoyne was through into the lead with Howie spinning on the top bend although he quickly restarted but down the order.
Once ahead Burgoyne eased away before making it a hat trick of wins where he took the chequer flag clear of Moodie and Craig Wallace. Moodie went through to win the Grand National from Wallace and Howie with Burgoyne finishing in fourth place after having started the race a with a lap handicap.
The stock rod drivers were racing in one of their Grand Prix series rounds with the final also for the Jane Burt Memorial Trophy. On the grid were visitors Justin Washer, Adam Daniels and Levi Robinson. Jim Pitcaithly had recently added to his British crown when he won the Irish Masters and it was good to welcome back David Kempton and Russell Clacher. Whilst the stock rod racing was good there was more contact than there should have been leaving drivers with a bit of work to do on their cars. The first heat didn’t last long with a shunt blocking the track and amongst those who suffered damage were David Dignan and Trevor Calvin with neither returning to race. Once the race restarted Kempton went straight into the lead and it was only during the closing stages that the pack began to close but he was still just ahead when the race finished from Dougie McLean and Leon Stewart. In heat two the race was stopped a couple of times first when Clacher ended up against the pit bend wall then shortly afterwards when Pitcaithly and McLean tangled. On the restart James Matson led but when Washer crashed into the wall the race was again suspended. This left Matson to fend off Martin Rankine and Simon Laing to claim the win.
Kempton went straight into the lead when the final started and this time there was plenty of close racing without contact. Kempton led from start to finish to win the Jane Burt Memorial trophy where he led home Paul Prentice and Rankine.
There was another good turn out of ministox drivers for the Colin Scott Memorial trophy with the racing dominated by Steven Burgoyne and Euan Millar. Heat one saw Millar go through to win from Burgoyne and David Sinclair. However in heat two Burgoyne went on to win narrowly from Millar and Sinclair.
The grid for the final was determined by the points scored in the heats with Millar on pole and Burgoyne alongside whilst behind them were Sinclair and Bryan Lindsay.
When the race started Millar went straight into the lead from Burgoyne and whilst they pulled away from the field they were running nose to tail. Lindsay held third initially but lost out to Ross McWilliam and dropped back. Gary Paterson began to make up ground on those ahead and he closed in on McWilliam. There was a big gap between the first duo and those dicing for third As the laps dwindled there was nothing to separate the leaders until the very last bend when Burgoyne managed to get slightly inside of Millar and eased him over as he dived through and into the lead and on to win. Millar brought his car home in second with Paterson just getting the better of McWilliam to snatch third.
There was a healthy field of micro bangers drivers and there was no shortage of action which left many a car looking sorry for itself. Fleming rolled not long after the first heat started and when it got going again Tam Melrose moved ahead. Taylor then was sent crashing into another and rolled but no sooner had the car landed on all four wheels than he drove away, Melrose went on to win from Mark Delgarno and Mark Farquhar. Heat two was brought to a halt after a big pile up and once the track was cleared Melrose led only to be sent spinning by Brian Youngson who went on to win from Farquhar and Melrose.
The cars were lined up for their Supreme championship but no sooner had they done so than the race was stopped after Mackenzie Almond was sent crashing out of the race. The restart didn’t last long but when the track was cleared, Brian Youngson led the field away from Steve Allan but when the latter sent the leader spinning he found himself well clear before winning from Farquhar and Josh Heeps. The cars immediately started their Destruction Derby and whilst they may have been termed micro bangers there were plenty of hard hits. Melrose was taken out as was Allan with Ryan Thompson surviving before going through to win.
The microf2 drivers were in good form with Ethan Jack Gemmell and Kara Russell making their debuts whilst Ryder Irvine was back in action. Lewis Burgoyne won the first heat on the last bend when he finally caught and passed Rebecca Reid with Ross McLaughlin in third. Reid then won heat two but McLaughlin came from fourth to second on the last bend to finish just ahead of Burgoyne. McLaughlin rounded off a good meeting when he won heat three finishing clear of Burgoyne and Reid.
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