It was another showery night at the Cowdenbeath Racewall on Saturday night, with the drivers having to quickly adapt to the changing conditions. Chris Burgoyne was back on form in the Formula IIs after suffering a gearbox issue last week taking both heats and the Grand National. However during the final he had to settle for second place after Robbie Dawson took a commanding early lead.
Having had engine woes last Saturday night, Barry Glen bounced back in style by taking both saloon stock car heats. Indeed, he was challenged by the visiting National Points and ORCi Champion Deane Mayes in the first heat and Ian McLaughlin in the second heat! McLaughlin then went on to take the final from Ross Watters and Mayes.
The stock rods served up their trademark close, fast, non-contact action with James Gray dominating by taking both the Gordon Ross Memorial and the first Allcomers, with Jim Pitcaithly taking the second.
The ministox entertained the fans despite the slightly reduced amount of cars. There was a trio of different winners, with Michael Mitchell taking heat one, long-distance traveler Sam Carter took heat two whilst Declan Honeyman took the civic week cup final – just! There was a large field of microf2s with Jamie Dawson taking heats 1 and 2 before Lewis Walker took the third.
Aaron Vaight and John Broatch were up from the North of England in their formula IIs with the drivers being tested against some torrential rain at times during the meeting. Local The first heat had to be rerun to allow a suspected fire to be extinguished underneath Euan Millar’s car. Craig Reid led for a good portion of the race but was caught with five laps to go by Chris Burgoyne, who then went on to win from C. Reid and Craig Wallace. Heat two saw C. Reid lead for the first half of the race but was soon caught and passed by the recently downgraded Stevie Forster. C. Reid was caught and passed with five to run by Burgoyne, who went on to win from Wallace and Forster.
When the final started the track was completely soaked with Colin Forbes leading the field away but he was soon overtaken by Robbie Dawson who had made quick inroads from the front of the red grade. Burgoyne was delayed after tangling with Wallace whilst Paul Reid also spun into the traffic during the course of the race. Dawson went on to win, with Burgoyne recovering for second with Garry Sime in third. Dawson failed to get away from the chasing pack in the Grand National, eventually being lapped by no less than six drivers. Burgoyne made up for his second place in the final with a win, followed home by Millar and Gordon Moodie.
The saloon drivers were in good form with Deane Mayes making his first visit to the track this season whilst Eck Cunningham was having his first run of the year. Local Sole white top Raymond Dick led the first heat away but spun on the third lap with Kevin Letford inheriting the lead. He lost the lead a lap later with Barry Glen going through into the lead. Further back there were blows traded between Mayes, Ross Watters and Ian McLaughlin and they eventually caught Glen with a couple of laps remaining. Mayes went for the last bend lunge on Glen but didn’t connect enough as Glen won from Mayes and McLaughlin. Glen took a slightly more comfortable win in heat two with McLaughlin second and Watters third. Dick led the cars away when the final started but started to drop down the field as McLaughlin moved into the lead and pulled away to win, with Watters a distant second and Mayes in third.
Rob Conway made his stock rod debut with the drivers having to deal with changing track conditions during races.
Stuart Wedderburn and Paul Prentice shared the front row and whilst Wedderburn lead initially James Gray used his second row starting position to good advantage in the Gordon Ross Memorial as he moved into the lead. Michael Bethune closed in on the leaders but just after moving into second slowed to retire. Gray now had Jim Pitcaithly in close order but managed to keep a couple of car lengths between them and held on to win the race from Pitcaithly whilst James Matson took third in the borrowed David Kempton car. Gray then went on to take the first heat, Trevor Calvin finished less than a second behind in second position, and Cameron Doak was third. Gray was denied a hat-trick of wins in the second heat with Pitcaithly going through to win from Martin Rankine and Steven Archibald.
The ministox were in good form with some close and fast racing. Sam Carter was up from the south west whilst the local Michael Mitchell moved quickly through the field in heat one to win from Declan Honeyman and Charlie Folan. Sam Carter made his long journey worthwhile by taking the second heat, with Honeyman and Folan second and third again respectively. The Civic Week Cup was up for grabs in the final, with Honeyman getting ahead early on whilst further behind there was some close dicing between Carter, Folan, Teri Linden and Sean Naismith. Naismith caught Honeyman as they raced to the finish line but tee boned him and sent him spinning him across the line. It was a sideways Honeyman who held on to the win, from Naismith and Mika Millar third.
There was over twenty Micro F2’s in action with Alfie Jones, Joelan Maynard and Fin Carter journeying from south of the border.
The drivers struggled throughout the night with the damp conditions. In heat one, Jamie Dawson won by a healthy margin, with Lewis Clark Burgoyne second and Rhys Anderson third. Dawson took also took heat two, with L. Burgoyne once again second and Lewis Walker third. Walker took the third heat, with Dawson having to settle for second after a spin, whilst Charlie Burgoyne taking his first podium finish in third.
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