Saturday 2nd May, Start Time: 18:00; Superstox 2.0 Hot Rods CC Rods ProStocks Ninja Karts.
Dechmont Forklift Trucks Speed Weekend - A Report
Added Monday 20th April 2015
HRP Lochgelly Raceway opened its doors this past weekend for what was arguably the biggest fixture in the Scottish Stock car Racing Calendar – the 2015 Dechmont Forklift Trucks Speed Weekend featuring as its highlights the National Hot Rod European Championship and the Superstox British Championship with both the 1300 Stock Cars and 2.0 Hot Rods in support.

By early Saturday afternoon the pits were at bursting point as the drivers, teams and fans gathered to watch this rare opportunity to see some of the top names in short oval motorsport at their local track and a record crowd for HRP Lochgelly Raceway had made their way to the track by the start of the meeting. A grand parade allowed fans the opportunity to welcome all drivers to the venue before the action got underway. The event began in glorious sunshine but the temperatures fell as the sun went down but the action remained red hot throughout the event.

First on track were the National Hot Rods and an entry of 24 cars including drivers from Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Holland and Germany highlighted the cosmopolitan nature of the event as well as its ever-increasing popularity within racing circles. With all 24 entrants taking to the small circuit for the first heat it was going to be fast and furious and it was Scotland who drew first blood as West Lothian’s Robert McDonald took victory in heat won from Northern Ireland’s Derek Martin and England’s Jason Kew. McDonald came within a lap of challenging for the win last year but an impact with the wall so his hopes dashed and he was clearly determined to take the win this year and made the best possible start. The second heat went the way of Ireland’s David Casey with Northern Ireland’s Adam Hylands claiming second and Ireland’s Shane Murphy third. The final heat went the way of England’s Kym Weaver with Northern Irish duo Andrew Murray and Stewart Doak rounding out the podium places. The grid for the Dechmont Forklift Trucks European Championship saw Adam Hylands on pole with David Casey on his outside and Robert McDonald on the inside of the second row alongside Shane Murphy. Following an unsatisfactory start, the race got underway with the drivers charging into the corners and displaying incredible speed and car control as they diced for position. McDonald managed to squeeze ahead of Casey and began the task of overhauling the lead Hylands had built up. As the race continued, McDonald made headway and was soon on Hylands’ rear bumper and actually got his nose to the inside of the 54 machine at one point before dropping back. McDonald then made a determined challenge around the outside which was very reminiscent of his challenge on John Christie last year and he came very close to making it work before dropping back – possibly due to his tyres being overworked. Hylands, in only his third meeting, crossed the line to take the title of Dechmont Forklift Trucks European Champion 2015 to add to the 2.0 Hot Rod European he won at the very same venue the year before. A fantastic drive from Andrew Murray saw him take second having finished third last year while Stewart Doak took third to complete an Northern Irish whitewash of the podium places.

While the National Hot Rods had to race to determine their starting position; the Superstox had the far easier task of simply drawing a number from a hat. Englishman Dale Fewings had the unenviable task of starting from pole position with Northern Irishman Kyle Beattie on his outside. With 32 cars on the track, it was not long before the bumpers came into use and a saw several cars dispatched to the fence in the early laps which resulted in a caution period and a number of damaged cars! The race got back underway and by the time it was clear that World Champion Steven Jackson from Norfolk was in no mood to lose the big race as he took the lead. Scotland’s Barry Stephen was in the thick of the action and ended Chris Bradbury’s challenge as he unceremoniously battered the back bumper of the 886 machine which then saw Bradbury hit the fence with huge force. A lengthy caution period followed as staff tended to Bradbury who we are pleased to report suffered no major injuries. At the resumption of the race, Jackson managed to fend off the challenge of Stephen to open up a healthy lead which he would not relinquish as he took the chequered flag to add the title of 2015 Dechmont Forklift Trucks British Champion to his incredible list of achievements. Barry Stephen upheld Scottish pride with a fine second place while English National Points Champion Jason Cooper took third in an action-packed race while Scotland’s Tony Lattka claimed a fantastic fourth place which must compensate somewhat for a difficult start to his racing seaso.Two heats for the Superstox followed and both featured well in excess of thirty cars. Jackson managed to make his way from the very rear of the grid in heat one to claim his second victory of the day while Jason Cooper claimed the win the in the second heat which rounded off an incredible evening of open-wheeled action in the Superstox.

The 2.0 Hot Rods saw a huge entry of 25 cars despite there being no championship up for grabs with drivers from England and Northern Ireland joining the usual Scottish drivers on track. Scotland’s William Hill took a fine win in heat one before Francis Rafferty claimed the trophy for heat two for Northern Ireland. The feature final was a fast-paced race which saw a resurgent Kenny Purdie take victory ahead of compatriots Graeme Callander and Gill Anderson.

The amazing 1300 Stock Cars were also in action and they appeared to be in no mood to play the role of support formula as the drivers got stuck in in their usual fashion. Kai McNulty claimed his first victory of 2015 in heat one before Fife’s own Kevin Baird took the spoils in heat two. The final was hard-hitting from the start and Zak Gilmour managed to carve his way from the rear of the thirty-plus car grid to claim victory with Eddie Corr and Craig Haxton claiming the other podium spots.

Sunday dawned cloudy but soon gave way to glorious sunshine as the drivers, teams and fans assembled for the second day of racing at HRP Lochgelly Raceway with the National Hot Rods competing for the Scottish Open Championship and Malcolm Chesher Memorial Trophy – a race held in high esteem in memory of the much missed Malky Chesher who raced in hot rods for many years from his Fife base. British and National Champion Glenn Bell claimed victory in heat one while newly-crowned European Champion Adam Hylands took the chequered flag in heat two. Bell’s sixth place finish in that race guaranteed him pole position. Bell made a great start to the Scottish Open final but was kept honest by a hard charging Robert McDonald who was defending the title. As the laps wound down, McDonald was right on Bell’s rear bumper but was just unable to get past the Northern Irishman in time as Bell claimed the title of Scottish Open Champion 2015 as well as the Malcom Chesher Memorial Shield. Stewart Doak claimed another third place as the National Hot Rods rounded off another incredible weekend of racing by short oval motorsport’s fastest formula.

The Superstox were also competing for their Scottish Open title and after taking second in the British Championship, Barry Stephen appeared to be determined not to let this title slip from his grasp. The Elgin pilot dispatched Jason Cooper in no uncertain terms and battled hard to stay ahead of Cooper and Scotland’s David Frame before a late caution saw Frame eliminated just as the yellow flags came out. Cooper’s challenge also evaporated quickly and while Ben Marjoram made progress into Stephen’s lead, he could not quite get close enough to deny the Scotsman his first title in Superstox with Chris Roots of England taking a fine third place. Norfolk’s lady racer Sarah Cooper took an excellent win in heat one while Scotland’s Iain Bruce claimed his first win of 2015 in the last race of the day. Spare a though for Iain as he had to travel from Norway to Orkney to Aberdeen to Inverness and then by road to Lochgelly to be at the track. Well done Iain and just reward for your efforts.
The 2.0 Hot Rods were competing for the GA Autos trophy and it was Northern Ireland’s Mark Madill who took the win in heat one from World Champion Shane Murray and European Champion Adam Hylands. Another Northern Irish driver and regular visitor to HRP Lochgelly Raceway, Derek McMillan took the spoils in heat two ahead of Kenny Purdie and Francis Rafferty. The GA Autos Trophy Final saw Scotland’s Kerr Paterson re-establish Scottish honour as he took the win from Hylands and Purdie to round off a great weekend of hot rod racing. The 2.0 Hot Rods will contest their World Championship at HRP Lochgelly Raceway on August 15th.

The 1300 Stock Cars saw most of Saturday night’s drivers back in action and they picked up exactly where they left off with some frenetic action from the start. Fife’s Lee Buchan took the win in heat one while another Fife pilot, Lochgelly’s Andrew Mathieson, took the second heat trophy home. The final also stayed in Fife as Callum Barclay stormed to victory ahead of Saturday’s final winner Zak Gilmour and Bobby Gold.

An incredible weekend of racing enjoyed by huge crowds - thank you to all of the drivers, teams, sponsors, fans and staff involved. The action returns to HRP Lochgelly Raceway this Friday night April 24th with the 1300 Stock Cars, Stock Rods, Ministox and ProStocks all in action from 7pm.




DFT Speed Weekend April 18th/19th - Schedule
Added Thursday 9th April 2015
Our first big event of 2015 is almost upon us and Hardie Race Promotions (in association Spedeworth Motorsports) are pleased to bring you further information on the two day extravaganza which will feature the Dechmont Forklift Trucks National Hot Rod European Championship and Superstox British Championship under the floodlights at HRP Lochgelly Raceway.

The pricing structure for each day of the event will be as follows:

Saturday April 18th (Turnstiles Open at 12pm)

Adults £15
Young Adults (ages 12-15 years) £5
OAPs £12
Under 12s FREE

Raceview Parking £5 (Raceview Parking is on a first come first served basis)

Sunday April 19th (Turnstiles Open at 11am)

Adults £12
Young Adults (ages 12-15 years) £5
OAPs £9
Under 12s FREE

Raceview Parking £5 (Raceview Parking is on a first come first served basis)

Proof of age may be requested





Track Schedule

Friday April 17th

Practice will be available to National Hot Rods and Superstox ONLY from 12-4. No other formulas will be permitted to practice that day.

Saturday April 18th

Free practice (National Hot Rods, Superstox, 2.0 Hot Rods, 1300 Stock Cars) 12pm - 2pm.

Championship Practice (National Hot Rods and Superstox ONLY) 2pm - 4pm.

Sunday April 27th

Free Practice (National Hot Rods, 2.0 Hot Rods, 1300 Stock Cars, ProStocks) 11am - 12pm


OTHER NOTES

•The draw for the Superstox British Championship starting grid will take place in the Scrutineering Shed in the pit area at 4:30pm.
•Please note that there will be a grand parade prior to the commencement of racing on the Saturday at 5pm – drivers only on cars please. Mechanics to be in overalls.




Superstox British Championship - Tyre Allocation
Added Tuesday 7th April 2015
The 2015 Superstox British Championship takes place at HRP Lochgelly Raceway on Saturday 18th April – 6pm start time.

All Superstox British Qualifiers will be allowed to use 2 new tyres for this meeting.

Support car drivers will only be allowed the normal 1 new tyre per meeting.

Spedeworth / Incarace, DMC & HRP Promotions have listened to the drivers and following those discussions and at the request of the drivers effective immediately at both the British & European Championships all qualifying drivers will be allowed 2 new tyres and at the World Championship 4 new tyres will be permitted for World qualifiers.

Good luck to all drivers and we look forward to seeing everyone at HRP Lochgelly Raceway!




HRP Lochgelly Raceway Report - April 4th
Added Monday 6th April 2015
Hendry and Melrose at the double as Armit Bags a Hat-trick!!!

A dry, sunny early spring day greeted drivers, teams and fans as they gathered once again in large numbers at HRP Lochgelly Raceway for the latest slice of stock car and banger action presented by Hardie Race Promotions.

A five formula, sixteen race programme had been scheduled which gave those who had ventured to the track a great Easter Saturday evening of entertainment - there was something to suit all tastes and every member of the family. HRP also gave the younger spectators Easter eggs as they arrived at the track.

The amazing Ninja Karts were first on track and last Saturday was the first time that the 6-11 year olds would race under their new grades which saw a great deal of movement within the 28 car field. The promotion adopted a new format which saw drivers split into four groups according to their grades and then three groups would race in each of the four heats – which meant that all drivers would have three races during the evening. The first Ninja Kart race got the evening’s programme underway and it was Robbie Armit who bounced back to form with a fine win from Scott Allardyce and Harry Robertson. Armit repeated his win in heat two as he held off Alex Robertson and an on-form Ryan Borthwick. Robbie Armit took to the track in heat three as the only driver with a chance of taking all three of his races that evening and he did just that with Mitchell Gold claiming second and Jay Paterson a fine third. The final heat of the evening saw a fantastic first time win for Rachel Kidd in only her fourth meeting as she crossed the line first ahead of Alex Robertson and Ryan Borthwick. The Ninja Karts were outstanding as always and were treated to a parade lap and a visit from the Easter Bunny prior to the start of the event. The formula just continues to grow and HRP were delighted to announce that the European Cup will be held at HRP Lochgelly Raceway in early October.

The ProStocks were back at HRP Lochgelly Raceway for their second meeting in as many weeks and a reasonable turnout in the mid-teens promised some action. It didn’t take long for that promise to come true as Track Championship leader Ricky White’s car expired and dropped its oil all over the track which then saw British Champion Tam Melrose fall victim to the front end of Jordan Cassie’s Escort – Dale Johnstone kept his head to claim victory in a race with only five finishers. Melrose made no such mistakes in the second heat as he took the win with Lochgelly’s Grady Ross in second. Melrose took the feature final last Saturday night as he stormed through the grid to take the chequered flag but many eyes were on the battle between Dougie Kidd and Grady Ross which eventually saw neither man finish on yet another good night of ProStocks racing.

A fantastic 17 2.0 Hot Rods arrived to do battle at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this past Saturday – all drivers were Scottish and it was pleasing to see so many cars at the circuit including the new Corsa C for the returning Kenzie Law. Having been denied victory last time out due to contact by another driver; Dunfermline’s Gerry Hendry was in no mood to lose out again this time and he kept his Citroen Saxo ahead of the chasing pack to claim his first ever win in the formula. Hendry clearly enjoyed his lap of honour so he ensured a quick return to victory lane in heat two as he fended off the attentions of Kenny Purdie and a resurgent Graeme Callander. Following his two victories, Hendry was upgraded to yellow for the feature final. This did not seem to deter Hendry as he sliced his way to the front of the field with ease, with the increased number of laps in the feature final, the likes of Kenny Purdie and Jock Campbell in his new Vauxhall Corsa were able to eventually overhaul Hendry and the two blue grade drivers battled hard to the last for victory with Purdie coming out on top ahead of Campbell and Hendry held on to claim a fine third place. The 2.0 Hot Rods are now a firmly established formula at HRP Lochgelly Raceway and last Saturday was easily the best domestic meeting for the class.

The open-wheel Superstox took to the track at HRP for the final time before the Dechmont Forklift Trucks British Championship at the Fife venue on April 18th and 19th. Some engine issues and work commitments saw the field somewhat depleted but those drivers in attendance MORE than made up for the lack of cars with one of the most entertaining sessions of Superstox racing so far in 2015. Heat One was stopped almost as soon as it started when the top two in the national points, David Frame and Barry Stephen, had a coming together which resulted in the Frame car rolling over. From the restarted race; Stephen made no mistakes as he powered his way through the field to taker the win from an on-form Kenny McKenzie and Dino Bruce. Bruce was clearly back on form last Saturday and underlined this with an excellent win in heat two – his first for some time but probably not his last in the near future! The feature final was a fantastic race with action everywhere and the bumpers being used by the drivers to full effect – most notably Bryan Forest and Kenny McKenzie as they battled slightly down the order. Falkirk’s Paul Dunn had taken full advantage of his white grade start to surge into a huge lead but David Frame (battered aerofoil and all) was slicing into the deficit with every lap of the track. Within sight of the finish, Frame took the lead from Dunn and it looked like the white top’s dream result had been snatched from him – that was until Allan Gibson’s car lost its oil on turns one and two resulting in Frame spinning out and Dunn reclaiming the lead and the win!!! Frame managed to regain second place by the chequered flag and would possibly have been within striking distance had there been one more lap while Dino Bruce rounded off one of his best evenings for some time with a third place in the feature final. The Superstox have been in blistering form this year and the British Championship will be an unmissable event.

The National Micro Bangers were back in town this past Saturday, one of HRP’s success stories, the little bangers are always big in terms of entertainment and car numbers and they certainly didn’t disappoint this past weekend either! With a grid in the mid-twenties the drivers got stuck in from the very beginning with veteran driver James Dillon rolling his Nissan Micra in turn three. Brian Youngson made the trip from the north of Scotland worthwhile as he claimed victory in heat one. The drivers and teams worked wonders to get the majority of cars back out for heat two which saw Ian Sutherland take victory with Youngson in second. The six lap final saw Youngson claim the feature win before the green flag dropped once again to signal the start of the Destruction Derby which saw a huge hit by Pete McVay disable all other cars, as well as himself, leaving Graham Black as the only mobile car and the winner of the DD that brought a great evening of entertainment to a close.

A fantastic session of stock car and banger racing at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this past Saturday and this weekend looks no different as the 1300 Stock Cars return to HRP Lochgelly Raceway along with the Stock Rods, CC Rods and the 11-16 year olds in the Ministox.

The action gets underway on Saturday April 11th at 6pm.




Junior Micra Stock Cars
Added Monday 6th April 2015
As many of you know, the ORCi have decreed that the Nissan Micra Junior Stock Cars are not permitted to race with the Ministox.

Certainly, feedback would suggest that many are disappointed by this decision as they feel its only effect is to deprive two young men of a chance to race – well, we can’t have that can we?!?

It had been agreed by the HRP Ministox drivers and parents prior to the start of the season that, when HRP had four Micras, the cars would then be split from the Ministox and run as a separate formula entirely. All this has done is brought this action further forward and we are delighted to announce that our Junior Micra Stock Cars will now become a demonstration formula at HRP Lochgelly Raceway.

We fully understand that fans do not want to watch a handful of cars on track on a regular basis and that is why the Junior Micra Stock Cars will have races as part of our pre-meeting schedule while the formula develops and new cars come online as we know of at least another three Micras that will be out this season.

Junior Micra Stock Cars will be run on the following dates:

May 9th
May 30th
June 20th
July 18th
August 8th
August 22nd
September 26th
October 10th
October 31st

Junior Micra Stock Cars will also be free to attend open practice on any day that the Ministox are racing.




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