News And Updates
Season 2015 Preview
23rd February 2015
The start of season 2015 is almost upon us with the sense of anticipation building as fans look forward to another season of top class stock car action at the Home of Scottish Stock Car Racing.
New cars, new drivers
The practice sessions have already whetted the appetite for the season ahead with a fine array of new machines from both existing starts and new faces. season commences on the 7th March with regular weekly racing through to the end of October. The opening fixture sees the inclusion of the 1300 Stock Car class, and a full set of fixtures for the contact class has been programmed, allowing regular racing during the year. Unusually, the BriSCA F2 class have to wait until week two of the season to appear, although Racewall fans and drivers should benefit as this and other F2 fixture tweaks agreed nationally across Promoters are all designed to reduce the overall fixture load whilst increasing the number of times wherethe Racewall will be the only BriSCA F2 tarmac track racing on a Saturday evening.
The first major event of the year is the 2015 BBA Unlimited Banger World Cup on Saturday 18th April. This event always attracts a diverse range of drivers and cars and provides one of the greatest banger racing spectacles in the country. Enhanced prize and travel funding will be available to reward drivers for this meeting. There is barely a chance to catch our breath as the following weekend sees the first of the years Speedweekends, with the BriSCA F2 class centre of attention. Following the tremendous support shown by drivers and fans during last year’s World Final weekend, the decision was taken to pair together the World Qualifying Round and Scottish Championship in order to provide ample attraction for local and visiting drivers alike. The doubleheader should provide a high quality entry deserving of the prestigious Scottish Championship which was won in 2014 by 7 Gordon Moodie. The ORCi Stock Rods are also in action over both days and will provide an opportunity for visiting drivers to get some practice in ahead of their World Championship in September – our own Stock Rod drivers having ample opportunity to race away from home also including within easy reach regular racing at Barford, and for away weekends in Northern Ireland, the Autospeed tracks in the Southwest, Arena Essex and Ringwood amongst others.
Into May and the traditional May Speedweekend plays host to the Saloon Stock Car European Championship. There is little that can rival the Racewall during a major Saloon event as drivers from across Scotland, England and Northern Ireland converge to battle it out, normally resulting in big hits and plenty of action and cheers from the crowd. The current World Champion 499 David Aldous will be looking to defend his European title on a track he knows well and has won at numerous times in the past but the home drivers will be looking to stake their claim to the Red and Yellow chequers.
Into the busy Summer period and the beginning of June sees the F2 Nationals being held at the Racewall with 647 Chris Burgoyne the defending title holder (won last year at Nutts Corner in Northern Ireland). With the event paired with the English Open Championship at Barford the next day, it is hoped to attract a good visiting entry. The end of the months sees us all in holiday mood (packing our bags for Skegvegas!) with the added attraction of Minibus/Campervan Bangers! Should certainly prove different!
July and August see a number of special events. The Lightning Rods have their UK Challenge trophy on the 25th July whilst the Take the High Road Trophy for BriSCA F2 takes place on the 8th of August, an event which looks to celebrate those strong links in the F2 class between Scotland and the North of England – a link that goes all the way back to the introduction of BriSCA to Scotland by GMP at Newtongrange which relied greatly on our friends from the North. The celebratory tone continues on the 15th August when we mark the 50th Anniversary of stock car racing at Cowdenbeath – the first meeting having taken place on the 15th August 1965. The Racewall may look very different to those early days but it remains the spiritual home of Scottish Stock Car Racing and this meeting will see a few surprises to mark the occassion. The BriSCA Heritage Cars make a return later in the month after their successful debut last year and whilst it would have been apt for them to have featured on the fixture on the 15th, the pairing with an outing on the Sunday at Barford should encourage a good field of cars.
September sees a plethora of silverware on offer with the opening weekend featuring a great Championship doubleheader which over both Saturday and Sunday will see the ORCI Stock Rod World Champion and ORCI Ministox British Champion crowned. A significant Sponsorship package has been agreed and will be announced shortly but is guaranteed to provide the biggest prize funding ever seen for the Stock Rods anywhere in the UK. The ORCi World Stock Rod title was won in 2014 by 16 year old Ben Grant at Arena Essex Raceway whilst the Ministox British was won by 236 Ryan Polley at Taunton. Both events are certain to attract plenty of visitng interest and provide a great weeknds action. The Ministox are always hard to beat in the entertainment stakes round the Racewall and with a number of special events throughout the year, many as part of the fundraising for the Ministox Disco Fund, they look set for a great year ahead, as do the other group of youngsters in the Micro F2’s for 7-11 year olds where a full set of fixtures are planned.
Following a week’s break for the BriSCA F2 World Final at Hednesford, the action resumes on the 19th September where the biggest event of the year for the ProStocks takes place as their World Cup returns to the Racewall. The Northern Irish challenge is as always expected to be a strong one including that of defending champion 222 Stuart Agnew. The month is rounded out by the Unlimited Banger Scottish Championship – an event which is known for being more frequently won by English drivers – perhaps the Scots can strike back this year.
The Scottish Saloon Stock Car Championship headlines the opening meeting in October alongside the same title for the ORCI Stock Rods. The Saloon event is always a hard fought event whilst the Stock Rods tend to save their best for Championship events round the Racewall, the 2013 ORCi World title being a prime example. October also sees the traditional Whites and Yellows Series Finals and it is the intention to run a greater number of White and Yellows heats at the start of each meeting this season. The RS Motorsports Dash for Cash features on the 17th before the season comes to an explosive end on the 24th and 25th October with the traditional UK Superbowl finale where the Gordon Barclay Memorial and BriSCA F2 Champion of Champions will also feature.
The year ends with an extra special Christmas present for us all as the Racewall has been awarded the out of season tarmac fixture for the BriSCA F2s on the 27th December 2015 – it has been a long time since the F2’s last featured on our festive bill and they along with the Ministox, Prostocks and the return of the Big Van Bangers will make for a great interlude between Christmas and New Year celebrations.
A great year then lies ahead for drivers, fans and officials at the Racewall. You can keep up to date with all the latest news and previews here at www.racewall.co.uk and also on our Facebook and Twitter channels. See you when it all kicks off in style on the 7th March.