It turned out to be a busy night’s racing at the GMP Cowdenbeath Racewall on Saturday evening with the fans being treated to a meeting which included plenty of action. The weather was dry, the track was fast resulting in plenty of close and exciting racing.
The ministox drivers were in top form and stole the show but Gary Paterson gave everyone a fright when he rolled his car entering the back straight. The yellow flags had just appeared and he had been dicing with Taylor Borthwick, contact was made and as a result Gary barrel rolled his car. After a bit of time he clambered out of his car shaken but unhurt.
Claire Ryan was sent crashing into the wall with her prostock basics car and later Scott Rankin’s car was wrecked when he was hit in the back by Tiffany Barron on the main straight. Raymond Dick’s time in the saloons proved to be brief when he was sent clattering into the pit bend wall and had to retire.
Amongst the formula II drivers was Les Smart who had travelled up from Gateshead. The opening heat saw Craig Wallace go through to win from Garry Sime and Kieran Howie. In heat two Wallace chalked up his second win of the night and again he led home Sime and Howie. When the final started Smart led Colin Forbes away and within a couple of laps Holly Glen made it a three car dice for the lead. However Howie soon joined them and he quickly worked his way through and into the lead. Sime was going well and leading the red grade drivers chase through the field but soon had Wallace looming closer in his mirror. Sime dived inside of Howie to take the lead but now had Wallace in close order. As the laps dwindled Wallace took the lead before going on to make it three wins in a row leading home Sime and Howie.
The Grand National saw Howie finally get the win he deserved and this time he led home Sime and Stevie Forster with Wallace in fourth place despite having to start with a lap handicap. Missing from the 2 litre National saloons was Ian McLaughlin whose wife had given birth to twins. Dick’s saloon meeting was short lived and he was sent crashing into the pit bend wall and out of the meeting. David Hughes got the better of Ross Graham early on before going through to win from Graham with Ross Watters in third spot. There was a shunt at the start to heat two which hindered Watters, Kyle Irvine and Graeme Anderson although they all restarted at the tail of the field. Again Hughes got the better of Graham to go through to win from Graham and James Letford.
When the final started Tam Rutherford Jnr led Ross Forrest away with Graham leading Hughes and closing in on the leaders. Forrest was shoved wide and bounced off the wall whilst Luke Grief slowed and retired. Graham moved into the lead but had Hughes on his back bumper and the lead was to change hands just as Grief restarted. Graham closed right up onto the tail of Hughes but he now had Grief on his back bumper. Going into the turnstile bend Grief made contact to send them both crashing into the wall. Graham spun but Hughes carried on but only for another laps before he had to retire. This handed the lead to Watters who went on to win from Irvine and Letford.
The ministox drivers had a few visitors down from Crimond although there were a couple of regular drivers who were heading south for a championship meeting. Making his debut was Barry Scott.Heat one was Taylor Borthwick just get the better of Gary Paterson on the run up to the finish line just getting the win by a whisker whilst Kyle Roberts ended up in third spot. However whether Paterson could have gained revenge in heat two will forever be in doubt after he rolled his car. Borthwick then went through for her second win where she led home Declan Honeyman and David Sinclair.
Ben Creanor led Scott Allerdyce away at the start to the final but when Tamzin Gordon was shunted heavily into the wall the race was suspended. When the race restarted Jamie Stewart led the cars away but he had Charlie Folan and Borthwick in close order. Folan dived inside to take the lead with Borthwick following through into second and next time around she had dived under Folan to lead. Stewart got back into second but as the laps dwindled Folan retook second spot. However Borthwick was clear and she went on to win from Folan and Stewart.
Again the prostock basic cars turned up in their numbers with new faces Paddy Slater and Craig Oliver joining the ranks. Heat one saw Dougie Ford go through to win from Robert Grant and Connor Jones. Heat two ended with Grant coming out on top and he led home Ian Sutherland and Tiffany Barron. Oliver went straight into the lead when the final started but a three car shunt ended with Scott Rankin’s car having the back end wrecked. Although Oliver led the field away within a couple of laps Ford was through into the lead. Jordan Dignan was shunted into the wall and then a couple of laps later Grant did likewise. Ford was by now well clear and he went through to win from Oliver and Ian Sutherland.
There was a smaller than usual field of microf2s with Kyle Rogerson going through to win the opening heat from Ross McLaughlin and Rebecca Reid. Heat two saw Callan Walker get the better of his dice with Rogerson to win whilst McLaughlin was third. In an all action final C. Walker picked up his second win of the night when he led home David Philp Jnr and McLaughlin.
There weren’t too many banger drivers around with David Linton winning the opening heat from Marc Dalgarno and Stevie Allan. David Linton again got the better of the exchanges to win heat two where he led home Darren Linton and Dalgarno. The final ended with Darren Linton leading home Dalgarno and David Linton.
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