Saturday 8th August, Start Time: 18:00; Championship Event Ninja Karts Scottish Championship Superstox 1300 Stock Cars 2L National Bangers Junior Micra Stock Cars (Pre-Meeting Demonstration Races).
HRP Lochgelly Raceway July 25th - A Report
Added Monday 27th July 2015
Following a stormy afternoon; a dry evening greeted drivers, teams and fans as they gathered at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this past weekend for the latest slice of stock car action presented by Hardie Race Promotions. Championship fever continued apace at Scotland’s most-modern short oval motorsports facility hosted the Scottish Championship for the open-wheel Superstox class.

2014 Champion Stuart Gilchrist had not been seen since early March as a new home, work and family commitments quite rightly took priority for the Lanarkshire pilot so it was especially pleasing to see the familiar 177 car arrive in the pits to battle in defence of his title. A random draw for grid positions saw national points leader Barry Stephen draw pole position with Tony Lattka alongside – David Frame (another pre-race favourite) would start from grid position 8 while defending champion Gilchrist would start from position 19 as he had not completed enough meetings to take part in the main draw. Three new drivers to the formula – former Saloon pilot Scotty Devine, Ministox graduate Aaron Riddell and novice Les Waller began the championship race at the rear of the grid making for a good-sized grid of 22 cars.

As the green flag fell Stephen surged into the lead while the bumpers flew in behind him. The race was brought to a halt on lap 5 with new driver Waller stranded on the exit of turn two – luckily all of the other drivers managed to avoid him before the race was brought under yellow flag conditions. With Stephen in the lead; the likes of David Frame, Bryan Forrest and Gilchrist had made their way into contention and an exciting race looked in prospect. Another caution was called with John Clark stranded on the back straight while former two-time champion Colin Frame saw his challenge end in a cloud as his engine expired. At the restart battle ensued between the top drivers with Gilchrist getting his nose ahead of the rest to power away from the others while Frame and Forrest overhauled Stephen who seemed to lose some pace. As the chequered flag dropped following the 25 laps of an enthralling race; it was Gilchrist who successfully held on to his Scottish title with David Frame coming home second ahead of Bryan Forrest who was driving his new car for the first time in third – a fantastic race full of action. Two further heats were scheduled for the Superstox during the evening and it was the hard-charging Mark Brady from Glasgow who underlined his recent form with an excellent win ahead of Gary Nicholls and Barry Stephen. David Frame took what has become almost his customary win in the final race of the evening as the rain began to fall ahead of arch-rival Barry Stephen and Allan Gibson to round off a fantastic night of Superstox racing. Ministox graduate Aaron Riddell deserves a special mention as he took three tenth place finishes in his first ever meeting – a driver to watch for the future in the formula.

The Ninja Karts were in action for the second week in a row and it was Harry Bruce who took the win in the Whites and Yellows race after a period of absence from victory lane as he held off siblings Bailey and Lucy Millar. Lennon Grant debuted a new machine last Saturday and he put it to good use in heat one as he took his first win in the formula ahead of Bailey Millar and previous race winner Bruce. Lucy Millar emphasised her recent upturn in form in heat two as she took another excellent win ahead of Ethan Doull and Jay Paterson before heat one winner Grant claimed a race-winning double with victory in heat three ahead of bailey Millar and top points scorer Mitchell Gold. Five trophies for the young Millar siblings who have definitely found their feet in the formula and are surely two to keep an eye on for the Scottish Championship at HRP Lochgelly Raceway on August 8th.

The junior formulas were well-represented as the Ministox made a welcome return to HRP Lochgelly Raceway with Euan Millar and Steven Burgoyne looking to resume their battle at the top of the track championship. Millar drew first blood as he took victory in heat one with Burgoyne coming home in second ahead of Lochgelly’s Michael Mitchell. Millar and Burgoyne repeated their positions in heat two with Lewis Gilchrist taking third ahead of Mitchell. The feature final was punctuated by a rollover for Bryan Lindsay who ended up on the infield – the driver was ok. This time Burgoyne managed to stay ahead of Millar for a popular victory with Millar coming home in second place and Arran Chidwick taking a fine third place.

The CC Rods started with a reasonable grid of cars in the mid-teens – but that soon changed as damage put paid to many drivers hopes during the course of the evening. Lochgelly’s Johnny Bell took the win in heat one ahead of Kirkcaldy duo Craig Watson and Brandon Gourlay in a race which saw only six finishers. Only six cars managed to finish heat two but Gourlay would have been delighted as he claimed his first win in a while ahead of a hard-charging Ian Donaldson and Johnny Bell. Donaldson made no mistakes in the feature final as he stormed through the field to take an excellent win ahead of Bell and Gourlay who rounded off his best night in the formula with a fine third place.

The Stock Rods were back at HRP Lochgelly Raceway with a grid in the mid-teens and it was pleasing to see Glasgow’s David Kempton return with a refurbished car which looked as good as it went in heat one as the yellow top took his first win of the year ahead of Kelty’s john-Lee Green and Hill of Beath’s Craig Mason. Kempton failed to finish heat two but Jonathan Lattka took the win as he held off National points Champion Siobhan Martin and Chris Lattka to take a fine win. The final saw Martin unceremoniously removed from the reckoning as she was left with a very sorry-looking race car ahead of this weekend’s National Championship but Kempton would have been delighted to fend off the attentions of the Lattka brothers Jonathan and Chris as he took a heat and final winning double to return to blue grade for August on a night of controversy in the Stock Rods!!!

The next slice of HRP Stock car action comes this Friday July 31st as HRP Lochgelly Raceway hosts a four formula event featuring Scotland’s top stock car formula – the 1300 Stock Cars while the 2.0 Hot Rods, CC Rods and ProStocks provide able support. The action gets underway at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this Friday from 7pm.

Practice News
Added Monday 27th July 2015
Thursday July 30th

Stock car practice will take place at HRP Lochgelly Raceway from 5pm until 7pm. HRP/Spedeworth and Scottish Series NHRPA drivers may practice free of charge during this time; all others will be charged £50.

Friday July 31st

Pre-meeting practice will take place from 5pm until 6:30pm - practice will only be available to the formulas racing that night (1300 Stock Cars, 2.0 Hot Rods, CC Rods and ProStocks). HRP/Spedeworth and Scottish Series NHRPA drivers may practice free of charge during this time; all others will be charged £50.


David Philp Commercials 2.0 Hot Rod World Final
Added Wednesday 22nd July 2015
It is just over three weeks until the David Philp Commercials 2.0 Hot Rod Championship of the World here at HRP Lochgelly Raceway on August 15th and 16th and it promises to be another thrilling HRP Speed Weekend!!!

Our friends across the water at DMC Race Promotions are the first to confirm their entries for this huge event and a high quality field will head over the Irish Sea including defending champion Shane Murray #70.

The full list of DMC entrants can be seen below:

54 Adam Hylands
70 Shane Murray
923 Stephen Emerson
924 Mervyn Emerson
931 Mark Madill
935 Philip Beatty
976 Joel Richardson
993 Jack Boal

The HRP entrants will be announced following the meeting on Friday July 31st.

HRP Practice News
Added Monday 20th July 2015
Stock car practice will take place at HRP Lochgelly Raceway at the following times:

Thursday July 23rd 5pm - 7pm

Open Practice. Open to any formula. All HRP/Spedeworth and Scottish NHRPA Series drivers may practice free of charge - all others will be charged £50.

Saturday July 25th 3pm - 5pm

Pre-Meeting Practice. Only open to the formulas racing in Saturday night's event - Superstox, Stock Rods, CC Rods, Ministox and Ninja Karts. All HRP/Spedeworth and Scottish NHRPA Series drivers may practice free of charge - all others will be charged £50.

HRP Lochgelly Raceway July 18th - A Report
Added Monday 20th July 2015
A dry evening greeted drivers, teams and fans as they gathered at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this past weekend for the latest slice of stock car action presented by Hardie Race Promotions. Championship fever is how the promotion have billed the next few weeks as every Saturday sees at least one title up for grabs between now and the end of August! This past weekend saw the ProStocks take centre stage as they competed for their hotly-contested Scottish Championship title.

With 2014 champion Ally McDonald electing not to race; a new champion was guaranteed. The ProStocks have been the subject of much discussion lately among race fans who have seen grids dwindling in the formula, although HRP Lochgelly Raceway has generally managed to suffer less from this than other tracks; so it would have come as a very pleasant surprise to many on the terraces when a grid of over twenty cars arrived to do battle for the right to wear the saltire for the next twelve months.

Current National Points and British Champion Tam Melrose arrived as the pre-race favourite having dominated the formula this year and was clearly happy with his car in practice as he only completed a few laps before declaring himself happy with the #55 Ford Focus. For the drivers who had competed in at least three meetings, the random grid draw was held to determine grid positions and this put the speedy duo of Ricky White and Ian Walle on the front row with Melrose handily placed on the outside of row three. As the green flag dropped the drivers got well and truly stuck in as the bumpers and cars went flying all over the track. In fact, more than half of the cars failed to make it through the early stages of the race as Melrose calmly made his way to the front. In a race with twenty-one starters only six cars made it the full race distance with Dalkeith’s Tam Melrose adding the Scottish title to his racing CV with Stirling’s Jordan Cassie and Aundre Adams from Lochgelly taking the other podium places after a highly entertaining race punctuated by a spectacular rollover for Lochgelly’s own Billy Wilson (pictured). Two heats were also programmed for the ProStocks and it was Andrew Webster who managed to hold off the attentions of Melrose in Heat One to take the win after a lengthy absence from the formula with Lochgelly’s Grady Ross coming home in third. Webster made it a heat-winning double as he claimed victory in the final heat of the evening after a great night of ProStocks action as he beat Kyle Roy and Grady Ross to the flag. A tremendous night of ProStocks action which bodes well for their European Championship at HRP Lochgelly Raceway in early October – who can stop Tam Melrose?

The amazing 6-11 year olds were back in their Ninja Karts and another fantastic grid of almost thirty cars were in the pits prior to start time to compete. As has become traditional, the whites and yellows race got the evening underway in fine style and it was Josh Bruce who came out on top as he claimed his first win in quite some time ahead of Lewis Walker and Lucy Millar. Bruce made the long trip from Aberdeenshire worthwhile as he stormed to victory in heat one as he held off an on-form Alex Robertson and Ethan Doull. The second heat saw Declan Honeyman return to victory lane after a period of results that the Alloa driver would be less than happy with but Lanarkshire’s Lucy Millar was probably the happiest person in Fife as she claimed her second trophy of the evening with a fantastic second place ahead of Kelty’s Mirran Adams. If Millar was happy after heat two then she must have had the biggest smile in Scotland after heat three as she took her first ever win to a tremendous reception to round off another great night of Ninja Kart action.

The 2.0 Hot Rods have had a busy spell of late but a reasonable grid of cars arrived to compete at HRP Lochgelly Raceway just one week ahead of the British Championship in Northern Ireland in which several HRP drivers intend to compete. Kingseat’s Keith Chesher, who has recently announced his intention to race in a classic hot rod, took the first win of the evening ahead of Jock Campbell and Gary Black. The on-form Robbie Burgoyne claimed the win in heat two ahead of National-Points leader Kerr Paterson and heat one winner Chesher. The feature final was yet another frenetic, fast-paced race which saw only seven finishers and it was Kirkliston’s John Campbell who took the win in the Festival Travel sponsored Vauxhall Tigra ahead of Burgoyne with Chesher rounding out his best night in some time with yet another podium finish. Good luck to all of the Scottish drivers competing in Northern Ireland next week for the British Championship.

The final formula on show were the 1300 Stock Cars – Scotland’s top stock car formula in terms of numbers and action and yet again they did not disappoint!!! It was great to see Patrick Calderwood return to HRP Lochgelly Raceway in his Nova while former ProStocks multi-champion Jazz Moore made his return to the tracks in his recently-acquired former Lee McGill 1300 Stock Car which he used to good effect throughout the evening. After a few weeks absence, Windygates’ Kev Baird returned to the track and victory lane as he claimed the win in heat one ahead Lochgelly’s Darren Rae and Halbeath’s Jazz Moore. The second heat saw fellow Windygates resident David Auld claim his first win in quite some time after struggling to get his Honda CRX in race-winning form – Calderwood claimed a fine second place with heat one winner Baird coming home in third. Former Scottish Champion Auld underlined his return to form in the feature final as he claimed his second win of the evening to see himself upgraded to blue next time out while Coaltwown of Wemyss’ Callum Barcklay came home second and Moore rounded off a successful evening with another podium finish on a fantastic night of action from the 1300 Stock Cars.

This Saturday July 25th sees the Superstox take centre stage as they compete for their highly-prestigious Scottish Championship title. Defending champion Stuart Gilchrist has not been seen on track since early March but has provisionally booked in as part of a twenty five car field for what should be a great evening of open-wheel stock car action. Support for the Superstox Scottish Championship comes in the form of the Stock Rods, CC Rods, Ministox and Ninja Karts. The action gets underway at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this Saturday July 25th from 5:45pm.

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