There was a right mix of weather during the stock car meeting at the Cowdenbeath Racewall where the meeting started in wet conditions and whilst it dried up another shower made life difficult for the drivers. Mind you by the end of the meeting the track was dry and there was a bright blue sky – typical!
Chris Burgoyne, who has dominated the formula II racing to date, suffered what looked like a gearbox issue during the second heat of the night and had to retire from the meeting. Craig Wallace struck problems in practice but managed to get the car ready for the second heat.
The saloon racing was dominated by Ross Watters and Ian McLaughlin as they continue their own battle for the track point’s title. However spare a thought for Barry Glen who damaged his race engine in practice, removed it from his car and then waited for his replacement engine to be brought to the track. That was duly fitted but after jumping into the car found that it wouldn’t start! A disappointed Barry loaded up the car and he headed for home wondering what had gone wrong with the engine. Jamie Smith was another to hit problems in practice and never made it onto the track.
The prostox basic cars were good value and as a result there was one or two cars sent spinning and losing their front bumpers as they did so. The prostox basics look like a good introduction formula for those who want to start racing but without a big outlay! The hot saloons were down from Crimond and treated the fans to some close racing with the cars all left hand drive and racing the wrong way around!
Ryan Farquhar was down from Crimond in his formula II with the drivers scrambling to change tyres as the rain started just prior to the first race of the night. Craig Reid was the first to show when the final started but when Adam Blacklock spun he was collected by Liam Rennie and the race was suspended. Brian Hogg Jnr led on the restart but he was edged wide as Dennis Middler went through to win the first heat from Robbie Dawson and Garry Sime. Heat two saw Kieran Howie lead for most of the race but there were a couple of stoppages, the first was when Burgoyne spun and his car stopped and then later after Farquhar had lost part of his aerofoil. Howie led the field away and whilst he went through to win over the last half of the race he had the dicing Rennie and Garry Sime in close order. If anything they should have delayed each other but didn’t do so and Howie’s win was narrow with Sime snatching second from Rennie at the end.
When the final started the track was drying although slippery with C. Reid leading the field away but he then lost out to Hogg Jnr who in turn saw Adam Blacklock relegate him down the order a lap later. Blacklock led for a few laps but Wallace was making light of the traffic and with the race entering its final stages took the lead. Robbie Dawson moved inside of Blacklock with two laps remaining as Rennie slowed to retire. Wallace went through to claim the win from Dawson and Blacklock. Rennie was in a determined frame of mind during the Grand National going on to win from Euan Millar and Dawson.
The saloon drivers were in good form with the main focus of attention on the racing between Ross Watters and Ian McLaughlin. Welsh was leading the opening heat when Kevin Letford was bounced off the wall and came to a stop on the main straight. Although Welsh led on the restart Watters went on to win leading home McLaughlin and Welsh. In heat two Welsh led the race from start to finish where he crossed the finish line clear of Watters and McLaughlin.
Welsh led the cars away when the final started but then pulled off as Graeme Anderson moved into the lead only to be greeted by a yellow flag. The field lined up behind Anderson but he was soon to be sent wide by McLaughlin and Watters. When Anderson was sent wide McLaughlin moved into the lead but then he in turn was moved over as Watters took over at the front of the field. Once there Watters pulled away to win with McLaughlin just fending off the attentions of Anderson.
There was quite a few newcomers to the prostox basics with the drivers certainly entertaining the fans.
Ian Sutherland went on to win the opening heat from John Rankin and Jillian Cartmel. Rankin led heat two for most of the time but Sutherland began to close and challenge for the lead. However when lapping a back marker, Sutherland made contact resulting in Rankin spinning. This let Sutherland through and he won from Cartmel and Amanda Moyes.
It looked as if Sutherland was going to make it three wins on the trot when he moved into the lead but he was caught by Moyes who went on to win from Sutherland and Cartmel.
The hot saloon drivers were in good form with some close and fast racing. Dave Largue went through to win the opening heat from Mark Mathers and Mark Farquhar. However on a dry track Farquhar went through to win from Mathers and Largue. Not long after the final started Mathers’s car stopped on the entrance to the turnstile bend suspending the race. Scott Forsyth then led the field away and he pulled away from the field for an easy win over Largue and John Simpson. The Allcomers ended with Kevin Gordon winning from Largue and Simpson.
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