Saturday 4th July, Start Time: 18:00; Championship Event CC Rods Scottish Championship Superstox 1300 Stock Cars 2.0 Hot Rods Ministox.
DMC - July Speed Weekend
Added Thursday 2nd July 2015

Our friends across the Irish Sea at DMC Race Promotions will be hosting their Summer Speed Weekend later this month at Aghadowey Oval on July 25th & Tullyroan Oval on July 26th.

The main events for HRP drivers are:

2.0 Hot Rods British Championship & Irish Masters (National Points scoring events).


1300 Stock Cars Irish Masters & Tullyroan Challenge Cup (National Points scoring events).

ProStocks Irish Open Championship & Tullyroan Challenge Cup (not HRP National Points scoring events).

Also in action are the Ninja Karts Stars of Tomorrow Challenge (Saturday) and Superstox 'The Moffett Shield' (Sunday) - neither of these events will carry National points.

HRP Drivers in all classes are invited to book in via HRP by email to info@hardieracepromotions.co.uk or by calling/texting 07944033645 as soon as possible.

Travel money will be made available to drivers in the 2.0 Hot Rods, ProStocks and 1300 Stock Cars. £150 per driver start money is been offered to the 2.0 Hot Rod drivers with £75 per driver start money for any 1300cc Stock Car or ProStocks drivers.




DMC Summer Speed Weekend
Added Wednesday 1st July 2015
Our friends across the Irish Sea at DMC Race Promotions will be hosting their Summer Speedweekend later this month at Aghadowey Oval on July 25th & Tullyroan Oval on July 26th.

The main events for HRP drivers are:

2.0 Hot Rods British Championship & Irish Masters (National Points scoring events).
1300 Stock Cars Irish Masters & Tullyroan Challenge Cup (National Points scoring events).
ProStocks Irish Open Championship & Tullyroan Challenge Cup (not HRP National Points scoring events).

Also in action are the Ninja Karts Stars of Tomorrow Challenge (Saturday) and Superstox 'The Moffett Shield' (Sunday) - neither of these events will carry National points.

HRP Drivers in all classes are invited to book in via HRP by email to info@hardieracepromotions.co.uk or by calling/texting 07944033645.




PRACTICE NEWS
Added Tuesday 30th June 2015
This week's practice news is as follows:

Thursday July 2nd - OPEN PRACTICE (5pm - 7pm) - Open to ALL formulas, HRP/Spedeworth and Scottish Series NHRPA drivers may practice free of charge. All others will be charged £50.

Saturday July 4th - PRE-MEETING PRACTICE (3PM - 5PM) - Available exclusively in the formulas racing in that night's stock car event: CC Rods, 2.0 Hot Rods, Ministox, Superstox and 1300 Stock Cars.





HRP Drivers On Their Travels - And in the Trophies
Added Monday 29th June 2015
Purdie Outpaces Top Stars to Claim European Title

An exodus of around thirty drivers and teams from HRP Lochgelly Raceway, not to mention hundreds of Scottish race fans, made the long trip south to deepest darkest Suffolk this past weekend to be a part of short oval motorsports biggest event of the year – the 2015 Ipswich Spedeweekend.

With over 400 cars participating across the marathon weekend and all of the top stars in one place, Ipswich Spedeweekend is a very special event and it was a fantastic effort by all involved to be a part of such a prestigious occasion.
Headlining the event was the CP Dynes National Hot Rod World Championship. The drivers who had qualified would determine their grid positions by lap times and Scotsman Ian Donaldson secured a place in the top 8, Robert McDonald would start 9th while David Philp would start 22nd in the brand new Vauxhall Tigra belonging to HRP Lochgelly Raceway promoter William Hardie. The race was not kind to the Scottish drivers with McDonald knocked down the order in a short space of time before he began fighting his way back up the order, Donaldson slipped down as the 75 lap race carried on while Philp clipped the wall on the exit of turn two and failed to finish. It was Shane Murphy from the Republic of Ireland who managed to claim his first ever World Championship after a number of near misses. Spare a thought for West Lothian’s John Sibbald who was denied a place on the grid by a baffling decision from the stewards in the last chance race when he was docked for contact which the vast majority of the thousands in attendance did not see.

The 2.0 Hot Rods saw five Scottish drivers form part of the 38 car field for their European Championship and, given previous battles against the top English and Northern Irish drivers which have ended in disappointment, little was expected from the Scottish contingent as the racing began. However, the Scottish drivers have clearly benefitted from their experiences as they more than held their own against the top stars of the formula with Kenny Purdie, Kerr Paterson and Gordon Alexander in particular picking up some good results in the qualifying heats. The race for the European Championship would see Northern Ireland’s Adam Hylands (a multi-champion in the formula) line up on pole beside top English star Gavin Botfield, World Champion Shane Murray was starting on the inside of row three while Scotland’s main hopes lay with Purdie starting on the outside of row three. As the green flag dropped, Hylands shot into the lead as Murray, Botfield, Paul Wright and Purdie battled behind with Botfield losing out as he dropped down the order. Dan Smith (a former champion) had started in 23rd after a poor qualifying campaign but he made short work of cracking the top ten. As all of this was happening, Purdie ate into Hylands’ lead before the Scotsman’s persistence paid off as he edged his nose in front of the Northern Irish star-man. Purdie then proceeded to increase his lead as the laps wound down to claim a fantastic victory for himself, his family, his team, Hardie Race Promotions and Scotland!!! Scotland’s Kerr Paterson crossed the line in second place but was docked two places for contact which elevated Hylands to second and Dan Smith to an excellent third place. With the David Philp Commercials World Championship only six weeks away and on their home turf; the Scottish drivers (four of whom finished in the top ten of the European Championship) seem to be in no mood to allow the trophy to leave the country after August 15th – a fantastic achievement by all the drivers and teams and especially Team Purdie.

The Stock Rods also had a major championship on the line as the teams gathered to do battle for the British Championship. A stellar line-up from all corners of the short oval world saw a star studded field compete in two qualifying heats prior to the British Championship this past Sunday. Following two highly competitive heats, former champion Andy Sturt lined up on pole position with Scotland’s Chris Lattka on his outside – Jonathan Lattka would start from grid position four. As the green flag dropped, the cars hurtled into turn one and Chris Lattka found himself sent on to the shale infield at an angle of 90 degrees to where he should have been – somehow the former five-time World Champion managed to regain control and come through to find himself still in second to Andy Sturt. These two drivers have been at the top of Stock Rod racing for many years now and another classic battle ensued as both drivers battled for the lead with positions swapped several times as the race continued. Both drivers were asking for no quarter and certainly none was given. While Chris Lattka did everything he could to catch Sturt, smoke began to appear from the rear end of the 658 Corsa which slowed him down enough for Sturt to claim the title of 2015 British Champion while Chris Lattka held on for yet another podium finish in a championship race.

The 1300 Stock Cars were competing, as always, for their Supreme Championship on the Sunday of Ipswich Spedeweekend and it looked like another Scottish success was on the cards as Peter Low headed the field from fellow Scot Kevin Morrison in the closing stages of the race – that is before Ian Beaumont arrived on the scene. Beaumont (in classic stock car style) held up the leading drivers which allowed Will Morphey and World Champion Adam O’Dell to catch up. As the lead pack battled for position, it was O’Dell who managed to edge ahead to claim victory while Morrison just managed to pip Morphey to the finish line for second place in a fantastic race.

The Superstox were in National Championship action this past weekend and the five Scottish drivers battled hard against a huge field of open-wheel stock cars with very little to show for their efforts. Scotland’s current top two drivers (David Frame and Barry Stephen) were eliminated from a race which also saw Colin Aylward’s car annihilated on turn one in what looked like a demolition derby which was eventually won by second generation star Jordan Salmon.

Four intrepid youngsters also took part in the Ninja Kart ‘Stars of the Future Races’ which saw our drivers get the opportunity to race in front of a huge crowd. Charlie Hardie took an excellent seventh place in the first race for the Ninja Karts while Mitchell gold, Robbie Armit and Jay Carruthers all gave great accounts of themselves while battling with the top UK youngsters. The second race which was run on Sunday was done so in damp conditions and saw our drivers struggle to get through the field and it was regular Lochgelly visitor Aaron Ward from Northern Ireland who claimed a great win to supplement his third place from the first race on a great weekend of Ninja Kart action.

More of the youngsters were also in Ninja Kart action at Scotland’s most northerly track at Crimond Raceway this past weekend. An on-form Katie Armit scored wins in the first two races on Saturday while Bailey Millar claimed the final heat win of the day. Millar continued his great form on the Sunday as he claimed his second victory of the weekend while Scott Allardyce took the final win of the weekend.

Stock Car action returns to HRP Lochgelly Raceway this Saturday July 4th as the CC Rods compete for their Scottish Championship, the Superstox, Ministox, 2.0 Hot Rods and 1300 Stock Cars will also be in action with a mammoth fifteen race programme getting underway at 6pm this Saturday.




HRP Lochgelly Raceway June 20th - A Report
Added Monday 22nd June 2015
A pleasantly warm evening greeted drivers, teams and fans as they gathered at HRP Lochgelly Raceway for the latest slice of stock car action presented by Hardie Race Promotions. A four formula, thirteen race programme was scheduled for the last event before the summer break featuring Ninja Karts, CC Rods, Stock Rods and Scotland’s top formula the HRP 1300 Stock Cars.

The Ninja Karts were first on track at the 6pm start time for their Whites & Yellows race which features those youngsters who have not scored quite as many points as their blue and red graded peers. Armadale’s Katie Armit stormed back to form with an excellent win the race having made her way to the front with fellow West Lothian resident Ethan Doull and Lochgelly’s own Callum Brown coming home in the other podium spots. Conditions were perfect for some cracking Ninja Kart action and the 6-11 year olds did not disappoint as they headed into the three heats as part of the main programme of events. Another young pilot re-found their form in heat one as Anstruther’s Scott Allardyce returned to victory lane while Ethan Doull claimed his second runners up spot ahead of Glenrothes driver Mitchell Gold. Katie Armit had her best night in a long time as she took to the track for her second race of the night in heat two and claimed yet another victory ahead of Allardyce and Polmont’s Charlie Hardie. The final race of the evening looked to be heading the way of Charlie Hardie who had managed to squeeze past Bailey Millar in the closing stages of the race before his kart hit a small bump on the exit of turn two on the final lap which allowed Mitchell Gold through to claim the win as the two youngsters raced to the line, Hardie rounded off a good night with second place while Katie Armit must have been overjoyed to take third in a cracking race from the junior formula.

The CC Rods saw a very healthy fourteen cars arrive to do battle – a number of drivers cancelled late in the day for the event so the formula certainly appears to be growing in recent months which bodes well for the second half of the season. Recent debutant Jack Robertson took his very tidy Vauxhall Corsa to victory lane after heat one as he held off some of the formula’s top drivers in Ian Donaldson, Ian Taylor and Johnny Bell. Scottish Champion Taylor made no mistake in heat two as he stormed to victory from Lochgelly’s Johnny Bell and Robertson. Several cars had suffered mechanical damage by the time of the feature final but no doubt Jack Robertson wasn’t complaining as he claimed a fantastic heat and final winning double as he fended off the attentions of Paul Muir and another recent returning driver Kevin Hutchison from Kirkcaldy. The CC Rods are back in action at the next event at HRP Lochgelly Raceway and it is their biggest event of the year as the drivers will be competing for their Scottish Championship.

The Stock Rods have had a busy time of late and a slightly depleted field of thirteen cars arrived at HRP Lochgelly Raceway just one week before the British Championship at Ipswich. It was great to see Pete Thomson out for his first run of the year as well as Doug McLean returning after a few months absence while Jonathan Lattka’s recent marriage saw him enjoying some sunshine on his honeymoon. Carronshore’s Chris Lattka certainly looked in the mood this past Saturday as he eased his way to the front of the grid to claim the win in heat one ahead of Ryan Peat and Cowdenbeath’s Paul Barron. Lattka doubled up in heat two as he pipped Ryan Peat to the finish line by about 12 inches with Barron posting another good result in third. The feature final was a fast-paced race where drivers were determined to secure the best possible finish and the steward was kept busy watching for any misdemeanours as the twenty five laps wound down but it was former five-time World Champion Chris Lattka who claimed a faultless hat-trick as he crossed the line ahead of former track champion Brett Sneddon and current British Champion Andy Grant.

The final formula on show were the 1300 Stock Cars and a good grid in the mid-twenties arrived to do battle in the style that has become synonymous with Scotland’s top stock car formula. It didn’t take long for the bumpers to go flying as Greg Honeyman in the borrowed Jason Secker car spun Zak Gilmour out before the start/finish line – this clearly did not sit well with Gilmour as he took advantage of a slow-moving Honeyman machine to ram the car in turns three and four bringing both drivers’ races to an end. Indeed, Gilmour’s night was brought to a premature end as he was loaded by the steward for his actions. Coaltown of Wemyss pilot Callum Barclay had recently been downgraded to blue and took full advantage to claim the win in heat one ahead of Lochgelly’s Andrew Mathieson and Johnstone’s Kevin Morrison. Barclay repeated his feat in heat two as he secured a swift return to red grade with victory in heat two with Forfar’s Peter Low posting an excellent second place and an on form Mathieson featuring once again in the top three. The feature final was the last race of the evening, and the first half of the HRP season, and what a way to go out with bumpers flying in everywhere as the drivers got well and truly stuck in!!! Kirkcaldy’s Dean McGill was running well in his new car having bought the former Lee Buchan machine and looked odds on to win before that man Barclay came through from his red grade starting position to take a fantastic hat-trick as the young man bounced back into form with a bang!!! McGill managed to hold on for second while a fast-moving Kai McNulty, having dispatched Cowdenbeath’s Dylan Izatt unceremoniously earlier in the race came home in third to round off a great night of action.

Over thirty HRP drivers will be heading south to Ipswich to take part in Europe’s biggest festival of short oval motorsport next weekend and therefore there is no event at HRP Lochgelly Raceway. The next slice of stock car action will be on Saturday July 4th and features the CC Rods Scottish Championship, Superstox, 2.0 Hot Rods, Ministox and the incredible 1300 Stock Cars – the action will get underway at HRP Lochgelly Raceway from 6pm.




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