Saturday 28th May, Start Time: 18:00; Championship Event Rookie Banger Scottish Championship 1300 Stock Cars 2.0 Hot Rods Ministox.
HRP Lochgelly Raceway May 21st - A Report
Added Monday 23rd May 2016
A glorious early summer’s afternoon gave way to a brief shower of rain as start time approached as drivers, teams and fans gathered at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this past Saturday for the latest slice of stock car action presented by Hardie Race Promotions.

The rain had abated by the 5:30pm start time when the 6-11 year olds took to the track for the first Ninja Kart race of the evening which was for white and yellow graded drivers only. The race was won by Methil’s Jase Walle who was at the wheel of his new machine ahead of Kaydan Day and Evie Black. The first heat for the Ninjas followed which was the first racing opportunity for the blue, red and superstar graded drivers plus some of the white and yellow drivers. White graded Rachel Kidd had got off to an absolute flyer and looked unstoppable until she clipped a spinning driver which resulted in a spectacular rollover for the young Edinburgh driver – we are pleased to report that Rachel was absolutely fine despite her damaged machine. The race was eventually won by European Champion Declan Honeyman. Honeyman went on to double up in heat two as he beat Ethan Doull, Robbie Armit and Charlie Hardie to the flag – these four drivers would be busy during the weekend as they were all heading south to contest the British Championship at Aldershot the following day. The final heat of the evening saw a fantastic win for Scott Allardyce who produced a fantastically controlled drive to take the winner’s trophy home to Anstruther as he held off the challenge of Hardie, Armit, Doull and Honeyman to round off a great night of Ninja Kart racing.

The British Championship at Aldershot last Sunday saw Scotland represented by Charlie Hardie, Ethan Doull, Robbie Armit and Declan Honeyman. Following two qualifying heats it was Polmont’s Charlie Hardie who came home first to claim his first championship with Ethan Doull and Robbie Armit taking excellent fourth and fifth places as Scotland underlined their status at the very top of the UK’s biggest formula for 6-11 year olds – congratulations to Charlie and all drivers who did so well.

Youth was certainly to the fore at HRP Lochgelly Raceway last week as the 11-16 year olds were also on hand as the Ministox arrived to do battle. A fantastic entry saw the usual plethora of Scottish drivers plus ORCi Champion Dan Santry and Tony and Danny Elbourn. It was the English drivers who dominated the first race as Tony Elbourn took the win ahead of Santry with Scotland’s Euan Millar being the first Scot home in third. The second heat was another fast-paced race with action aplenty and it was Santry who managed to get ahead of the pack to take the win ahead of Millar and Tony Elbourn in a race punctuated by a big impact for Steven Burgoyne who appeared to lose a wheel before making heavy contact with the safety barrier – the driver was perfectly fine. The feature final was one of those races that had everything – great bumper-work and some top-notch battles throughout the order but it was the three drivers who had filled the podium all night who featured most prominently as Millar, Santry and Tony Elbourn sliced their way through the field before exchanging places on every corner in a battle to the finish that was eventually won by Santry ahead of Millar and Elbourn. A cracking night of Ministox racing.

The Stock Rods were back on track for the first time since the end of their 2015/16 National Points Championship which was successfully defended by Scottish Champion Siobhan Martin - our congratulations go to her and her team for a job well done. The formula saw visiting interest in the shape of Midlands pilot James Morris while we also saw the 2016 debuts of Alan Cuthbert and Jock Bremner plus the returns of Derek Conner and James Halkett after spells on the side-lines plus Brian Keir following engine issues as the Stock Rod turnouts finally began their resurgence. The first race saw some fantastic high-speed action with the drivers racing in close quarters and it was Jonathan Lattka, who has been in great form lately, who took the first win ahead of brother Chris and Cuthbert in his stunning new car. The second heat saw a win for the returning Halkett ahead of Morris and Derek Conner as the blue grade dominated the race. The feature final was a great race with the drivers continuing to put on a clinic of non-contact racing and it was former multi-champion Chris Lattka who took victory ahead of Siobhan Martin, Jonathan Lattka and Darren McAlpine. These four drivers will be heading to Tipperary in a couple of weeks to represent Scotland in the World Championship and we hope that one of them can bring the gold home.

The 2.0 Hot Rods were also on track this past weekend and the grid was supplemented by English visitors Dave Leech and Incarace Points Champion Chris Crane plus the returning Paul Carruthers who was making his 2016 debut. The first race of the evening went the way of Gordon Alexander who managed to overhaul long-time leader Jock Campbell in the closing stages of the race while Alex Wilson came home in third. The second heat saw Campbell streak into another big lead but he was eventually overtaken by Robbie Burgoyne, however, the steward had deemed that Campbell had been pushed out of the lead which saw Burgoyne relegated to third place for contact while Hampshire’s Chris Crane, who had got past Campbell as Burgoyne made contact, claimed the win ahead of Campbell. The feature final was another excellent race with the star graded drivers in particular putting on a great show of non-contact racing; Campbell once again flew into a big lead and many on the terraces may have thought it would be a matter of time before the unlucky Kirkliston pilot would be caught by the pack led by Burgoyne but Campbell finally managed to stay clear of any trouble as he held on to win ahead of Burgoyne and Crane who will be satisfied with his trip to set up his car ahead of the David Philp Commercials British Championship weekend on June 11th and 12th.

The final formula on show this past weekend were the Superstox. Seven drivers had headed south to Ipswich last week for the European Championship and Stuart Gilchrist was the first of the Scots home as he claimed an excellent runners-up spot despite starting 32nd on the grid – for the record Matt Carberry successfully defended his title. Richard Mead had made the long trip north from his English base to test his car ahead of the World Championship at HRP Lochgelly Raceway in August. The first heat of the evening saw Gilchrist claim a relatively routine win as he sliced through the field to take the victory ahead of David Frame and Tony Lattka. The second heat of the evening is where things REALLY kicked off. Following a caution to recover the stricken car of Bryan Forrest; a slow start by Gilchrist saw Colin Frame take the lead while David Frame had made a blistering start to also be challenging for the lead. These drivers battled their way to the chequered flag and it was Gilchrist who took the win by inches as he was squeezed to the wall by Colin Frame. Unfortunately for Gilchrist, a jump-start on the original start of the race saw him docked two places resulting in victory for Colin Frame ahead of his brother David and Gilchrist who saw his hard work rewarded with just a third place. The feature final was another amazing race with plenty of bumper-work and as the laps wound down it was Chris Miller who found himself with a healthy lead ahead of Gilchrist. The closing stages of the race saw the gap come down but it looked like Miller had held on for victory until the last corner when Gilchrist launched himself at the rear of the Miller car in a move which saw both cars spin out with Tony Lattka gratefully picking up the pieces for his first final win of the season. Gilchrist managed to regain his composure to cross the line second with English visitor Mead coming home in a respectable third for his first visit to the track.

A spectacular night of racing which saw sixteen races concluded in just over three hours.

The next slice of stock car action comes to HRP Lochgelly Raceway this Saturday May 28th and features the Rookie Banger Scottish Championship which currently has over eighty cars booked in. The 1300 Stock Cars, Ministox and 2.0 Hot Rods will play a supporting role to one of Scotland’s biggest Banger events of the year which gets underway at 6pm this Saturday at HRP Lochgelly Raceway.

Practice News
Added Wednesday 18th May 2016

Practice at HRP Lochgelly Raceway will take place on the following dates and times:

Thursday May 19th (5pm-7pm)
Open Practice for all formulas. Free to HRP and Scottish NHRPA registered drivers, all others will be charged £50.

Saturday May 21st (3:30pm-4:30pm)
Pre-meeting practice for Ninja Karts, Ministox, Stock Rods, 2.0 Hot Rods and Superstox.

Banger Chained Pairs - June 4th
Added Wednesday 18th May 2016
Some of you may have seen the ITV Show 'Driven' recently and seen the Banger Chained Pairs featuring some of the contestants.

This looks like a good bit of fun and HRP Lochgelly Raceway will host its first ever Banger Chained Pairs event on Saturday June 4th.

Cars must be under 1600cc and can be National or Rookie Spec (NO MONDEOS).

HRP Lochgelly Raceway May 13th - A Report
Added Monday 16th May 2016
After several days of glorious sunshine; Friday the 13th saw temperatures drop but the weather remained dry as drivers, teams and fans gathered at HRP Lochgelly Raceway for the latest slice of stock car action presented by Hardie Race Promotions.

A four formula, twelve race programme of events began promptly at 7pm with the ProStocks being first on track. Most of the usual suspects were in attendance once again and it was Scottish and National Points Champion Tam Melrose who took the first win of the night six days after he claimed second place in the European Championship with the European third place man Jordan Cassie finishing as runner up to Melrose. Thornton’s Ricky White took what has become his customary win in heat two as he beat Melrose to the line. The feature final saw one of the most chaotic moments as an aborted restart saw the HRP pace car still on track as some of the drivers began racing around it – Friday the 13th almost became a reality for the driver!!! After the race got going again, it was Melrose who claimed a heat and final double as he crossed the line ahead of Lochgelly’s Grady Ross and Ricky White to round off an entertaining evening in the ProStocks.

The CC Rods were back in action with another good grid of cars in attendance and an excellent heat one was won by Bonnyrigg’s Jamie Brown as he beat Kevin Connor and Methil’s Ian Walle to the flag. Connor went one better in heat two as the Lanarkshire driver took another win for his new Corsa C with heat one winner Brown posting second place and Stirling’s Paul Muir taking his unique Ford Puma to third place. The feature final was punctuated by an incident on the back straight where Methil’s Ian Walle made contact with Kirkcaldy’s Kevin Hutchison which sent Hutchison’s car spinning to the fence where a chain reaction began that ended the challenge of several cars. Ironically, after the restart, it was Hutchison’s partner Emma Kirk who claimed her first win of the year ahead of heat winners Connor and Brown after some great racing from HRP’s low budget, non-contact formula. While the action cannot be doubted, some drivers will no doubt be receiving reminders about what the term “non-contact” actually means!

A rare Friday night outing for the National Hot Rods came too soon for Steven Armit who had debuted his car at Crimond at the last World Championship Qualifying Round only to experience engine issues on the morning of this event while local driver Billy Bonnar was also posted missing. A great effort by northern drivers Paul Yule and father and son duo Ian and Roy Anderson saw enough cars for some good racing from the fastest cars on the ovals. After making the effort to be at HRP Lochgelly Raceway, paul Yule must have been pleased with his decision to race as he took his first ever win in the formula with victory in heat one ahead of Graeme Callender and Lanarkshire’s Ian Donaldson. Donaldson took the win in heat two ahead of Callender and points rival Tam Rutherford. The feature final saw a fast paced race with a few cars not handling quite as well as they had earlier in the evening but that did not account for Rutherford who was disqualified after using his bumper on Callender which left the 871 car beached on the kerb at turn four. Roy Anderson maintained his world championship challenge as he took a great win while Ian Donaldson came through the chaos with a car far from its prime to finish second ahead of heat one winner Yule.

The 1300 Stock Cars were back in action after a sensational outing last weekend and they appeared to be in no mood to disappoint last Friday night from the start of heat one! With bumpers flying in at every corner and every driver getting stuck in; it was difficult to know where to look at times. Glenrothes’ Lee Buchan certainly knew where to look as he came through the chaos to claim a fine win ahead of Kai McNulty and Jason Secker. Buchan doubled up in heat two as he overhauled Lochgelly’s Ian Goodall to take the win with Coaltown of Wemyss; Callum Barclay taking third. The 1300s had the honour of finishing the meeting and they did so in fine style with another action-packed race full of proper stock car racing which was enjoyed by those in attendance but, after two wins elevating him to star grade for the final, Lee Buchan still managed to come through and overhaul long-time leader Goodall midway through the race to take an excellent hat-trick with East Wemyss’ Dean McGill in second and Denny’s Jason Secker in third place to round off an excellent night of action.
welve races were completed in good time in around two and a half hours which is a credit to the drivers, teams and staff who kept the even flowing at a good pace.

The next slice of HRP stock car action comes on Saturday May 21st and features Superstox, 2.0 Hot Rods, Ministox, Stock Rods and Ninja Karts with the Ninjas getting things underway at 5:30pm.

Practice News
Added Wednesday 11th May 2016

Our colleagues at Spedeworth have been in touch with us to confirm that practice for the Superstox European Championship at Ipswich this Saturday will take place between 6pm and 6:15pm - each driver will be given one run.

We have also been notified with regards to the details of practice at Northampton this Saturday ahead of the Stock Rods Midlands Championship. Paid practice will be from 2:30pm until 5pm with free pre-meeting practice taking place between 5:15pm and 5:35pm.

Practice at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this week takes place on Thursday from 5pm until 7pm for all formulas. HRP registered drivers and Scottish NHRPA drivers may practice free of charge, all others will be charged £50.

Pre-Meeting practice will take place from 5pm until 6:30pm this Friday evening.

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