It looked as if the drivers and fans were in for a wettish encounter at the Cowdenbeath Racewall but surprisingly the drizzle stopped and whilst the track was wet and greasy a dry line started to appear late on during the meeting. However pity the poor mechanics who were seen regularly changing tyres between races.
Gordon Brown won the lightning rod Scottish Championship leading the race from start to finish whilst Chrissy Dearn Jnr tied up the track points championship.
Making a welcome appearance in the lightning rods were Nigel Carroll and Jamie Lee Calls from Essex.
In the formula IIs Gordon Moodie and Chris Burgoyne each won two races with Burgoyne retaining his Turner trophy in the process.
Taylor Borthwick was in top form in her mini winning the Scrutineers trophy whilst Euan Millar’s last mini meeting at the Racewall ended with his car cutting out and he was pushed off the grid. Logan Bruce and David Sinclair were involved in hefty shunts in their minis with both having to be assisted out of their cars by the paramedics.
Ryan Muirhead picked up his first ever saloon win and in the process ended up with the Turner trophy. Ross Graham was first across the line in two races but each time had been a bit smart at the start and was penalised on both occasions. Alan Bond made his saloon debut in the Colliver car that he won in a raffle!
The race for the formula II track points championship is now heading into its closing stages and at the start to the meeting Chris Burgoyne leads Gordon Moodie by 33 points with only six meetings remaining.
When heat one started Craig Reid led the pack away but soon had Adam Blacklock and Kieran Howie in close order. Moodie made a good start to the race but Burgoyne was tracking his every move but not that far into the race Burgoyne slowed to retire. Moodie made light of the wet conditions to move into the lead and then through for his first win of the night. Howie ended up in second place with Robbie Dawson third. Heat two saw the cars appear without the drizzle and it was C. Reid who led the field away but was soon relegated down the order as Paul Reid took over at the head of the field although chased by Alex Hamilton. Burgoyne was running ahead of Moodie but making light of the conditions and at the half distance was the new leader. Moodie hung on but couldn’t get close enough to challenge. Burgoyne reeled off the remaining lap to pick up his first win of the night over Moodie and Craig Wallace.
C. Reid led the cars away when the final started but Hamilton made a good start and was soon closing the gap although he had P. Reid in close order. Blacklock spun on the pit bend causing the cars in close order to take avoiding action. Burgoyne was again running ahead of Moodie and they were making inroads through the field. At the half distance Burgoyne took the lead with Moodie a couple of car lengths adrift and they began to edge away from the pack. Dawson moved into third but had Wallace in close order. Blacklock spun on the main straight as Burgoyne went through to retain his Turner trophy finishing ahead of Moodie and Dawson
Moodie went on to win the Grand National from Burgoyne and Dawson.
Amongst those in the saloons was Alan Bond who was making his debut. Heat one saw Ryan Muirhead lead the cars away but within a short space of time James Letford hit the front and began to ease away. Towards the end of the race Paul Honeyman began to close rapidly but Letford held on to win from P. Honeyman and Barry Glen. In heat two Muirhead was again the early leader and whilst he built up a useful lead towards the closing stages he was being reeled in. Ross Graham got ahead of P. Honeyman and then both swept past Muirhead. Whilst Graham was first home he was penalised for an infringement handing the win to P. Honeyman with Graham relegated to third.
Muirhead was again the early leader when the final started with Barry Glen leading the chase. Graham had made a quick start from the back of the grid whilst Graeme Anderson was sent spinning on the pit bend. Graham was making up round, moving into second a before setting off after Muirhead. As the laps dwindled Graham took over the lead crossing the line ahead of Muirhead, However it was again adjudged that Graham had jumped the start and was dropped to third. Muirhead celebrated his first saloon win, picking up the Turner trophy from P. Honeyman and Graham.
There weren’t too many lightning rods about for their Scottish Championship with the front row of the grid pairing Ormond Dearn and Gordon Brown with Sean Farrell and Chrissy Dearn Jnr behind.
When the race started Brown outdragged O Dearn away from the start line and began to ease away capitalizing when the latter came under pressure from C. Dearn Jnr. Brown went on to win from the Dearns with Ormond second and Chrissy Jnr third.
In the first heat which followed C. Dearn Jnr went on to win from O. Dearn and Carroll.
Heat two saw O. Dearn and Calls take turns in the lead with O. Dearn going on to win the Turner trophy from Calls and Brown.
There was a good turn out of minis for the Scrutineers trophy and it coincided with Euan Millar’s last outing in a mini at the Racewall. The race was suspended after Logan Bruce crashed heavily and on its restart Taylor Borthwick forced her way into the lead and despite the attentions of Millar held on to win with Charlie Folan just fending off Steven Burgoyne’s attentions at the line. The heat which followed saw Borthwich pick up her second win of the night and she led home Millar and Burgoyne. The minis last race of the night was suspended after David Sinclair was in a shunt on the turnstile bend and required assistance out of his car. Burgoyne had just taken over the lead when the race had stopped and he went through to win from Teri Linden and Borthwick.
The microf2 ranks were swelled with the addition of Sam Critchley, Leon Muir was out in his new car whilst Rebecca Reid was back after injuring her leg. Lewis Burgoyne won the opening heat from Jamie Dawson and Lewis Walker. However in heat two there was a close scrap between Dawson and Burgoyne with Dawson gaining an advantage when he over took a group of slower cars on the outside, scraping his along the wall as he did so. In the end he scored a narrow win over Burgoyne and Hannah Borthwick. Dawson made it a double win when he won heat three from Burgoyne and Borthwick.
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