It turned out to be a night of close finishes for prostox driver Tam Melrose at the Cowdenbeath Racewall on Saturday night where twice he came out on top by the narrowest of margins. Mind you one was the Scottish Championship where he just managed to keep the nose of his car ahead of the runner up Paul Barron. Bob Hamilton ended up rolling his prostox after tangling with another car and to big cheers from the fans stepped out of his car unhurt!
Despite his disappointment of the formula II World Championship, Chris Burgoyne won both heats as well as the final whilst Grant McGowan made it a clean sweep in the 1300cc saloon races.
The ORCi stock rods had a mixed time of it with three different winners. James Matson who won the opening heat was within a whisker of winning the second only to crash out heavily as the laps dwindled.
Ian Thompson was back in action with his RCE formula II chassis whilst Mike Philip and Ryan Farquhar were down from the North of Scotland.
The opening heat saw Farquhar lead the field away but he was caught and lost out to Adam Blacklock who led until the closing stages when Burgoyne dived inside to take the lead and on to win. Blacklock held onto second with Thompson in third. The start to heat two only lasted a lap and was stopped after Craig Reid spun and with his car stranded in a dangerous place the race had to be stopped. On the restart Dennis Middler and Stevie Forster clashed. Blacklock again moved into the lead but Farquhar spun on the pit bend making Thompson and Burgoyne having to take avoiding action. Burgoyne reeled in Blacklock and moved ahead before going through for his second win of the night where he led home Thompson and Robbie Dawson.
Farquhar led the cars away when the final started but within a couple of laps Blacklock with Paul Reid in close order relegated him to third. Thompson had made a good start and he was soon making inroads through those ahead. However Burgoyne was himself on a charge and whilst Thompson forced his way through into the lead it was to be short lived when Burgoyne nudged him wide to move ahead. Once there Burgoyne stretched his lead before recording his third win of the night crossing the line ahead of Thompson and Craig Wallace.
With Burgoyne having to concede a lap handicap at the start to the Grand National, Thompson took advantage before going through to win from Dawson, Wallace and Burgoyne.
The prostox Scottish Championship attracted a healthy field of cars with the grid being formed by a public draw and Tam Melrose the defending champion.
The grid placed Darren Rae on pole with Paul Barron alongside whilst Tam Melrose was back on row four.
When the race started Barron made the better of the starts from Rae but next time around John Mason was second and Grady Ross in third. Barron had a decent lead over Mason whilst Ross was being caught by Melrose. Bob Hamilton spun bringing out the yellow flags and allowing the field to close right up behind Barron. Although Barron led on the restart he soon had Melrose closing. Over the reminder of the race they swapped places on a regular basis and on the last lap Barron nudged Melrose wide but the latter kept the power on and just beat Barron to the chequer by the narrowest of margins to win with Dougie Kidd in third.
In the first heat Melrose scored a comfortable win over Ross and Barron although Hamilton rolled his car. However in heat two there was a big shunt on the back straight which involved Rae, Hamilton and Ross. There was a liberal coating of oil which was causing the drivers problems and on the last bend Jason McAlpine dived inside of Melrose but the latter managed to hold on to score another narrow win with Gary Law in third.
Levi Robinson was a surprise visitor in the ORCi stock rods.
James Matson went on to win the opening heat where he led home Jim Pitcaithly and James Gray. It looked as if Matson was heading for his second win of the night but he ended up against the wall on the main straight minus a wheel. Again after a moment or two he stepped out of his car to a round of applause and watched as Pitcaithly was declared the winner from Michael Bethune and Gray.
Sandy Allen led the final for a good many laps and whilst initially chased by Paul Prentice it was Gray who took up the challenge over the latter stages of the race. Allen slowed to retire handing the lead to Gray who then reeled off the remaining laps to win from Bethune and Prentice.
There was another good turn out of 1300cc saloons although there were a few of the regulars posted missing. Local drivers were
The opening heat saw Grant McGowan go through to win from Lee Wilson and Graham Swan. Heat two saw Wilson lead until the closing laps when McGowan again nudged him wide before going through to score a narrow win over Wilson and Brian Allan.
Wilson was quickly into the lead when the final started but it was just after the half distance when McGowan caught and passed him. Wilson hung onto the new leader for a few laps before dropping away and when the chequer dropped, McGowan was a three times winner where he led home Wilson with Allan in third.
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