Saturday 7th May, Start Time: 17:30; Keir Millar Memorial Meeting National Micro Bangers Ministox (Keir Millar Memorial Trophy Round) Ninja Karts 1300 Stock Cars.
HRP UPDATES
Added Thursday 5th May 2016
A few updates from HRP HQ:

The driver booking lists for this Saturday have been updated and are available to view at http://hardieracepromotions.co.uk/index.php?P=nextmeeting

Following CC Rods replacing Stock Rods on May 13th, Stock Rods will now take the place of CC Rods the following week on May 21st.

2.0 Hot Rods will now score HRP National Points at the Midlands Championship at Hednesford on May 15th.




Thursday Night Practice
Added Tuesday 3rd May 2016
THURSDAY NIGHT PRACTICE IS BACK!

Hardie Race Promotions (In Association with Spedeworth Motorsports) are delighted to announce that Thursday night open practice sessions will recommence from this Thursday May 5th.

These sessions will run from 5pm until 7pm and are free to HRP registered drivers and those taking part in the Scottish NHRPA Series. All other drivers will be charged £50.

These sessions are open to all short oval formulas with the exception of Bangers.




HRP Lochgelly Raceway April 30th - A Report
Added Sunday 1st May 2016
Following the previous few days of extremely changeable weather; it was with a sense of relief that 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 in reasonably pleasant weather. A five formula, fifteen race programme was scheduled as the afternoon sunshine gave way to a dry but chilly evening as racing got underway.

The tiny terrors were back for their second meeting in a row as the Ninja Karts were back in action. The powers that govern the formula had issued a somewhat controversial rule during the week which decreed that the direction in which races for the formula would be run would be decided by the toss of the coin immediately prior to each race! The intention is to ensure that kart chassis remain symmetrical as per the rulebook and, while some parents were not amused by the prospect, the vast majority of 6-11 year-old pilots actually seemed rather nonplussed by it all! The first race of the evening was the traditional whites and yellows race and this was won by Ratho Station’s Harry Robertson who has been in great form of late; Midlothian’s Evie Black and Lochgelly’s own Callum Brown rounded out the podium positions. The first heat proper of the evening saw a win for West Lothian’s Ethan Doull who has been a model of consistency this season with Robertson posting a fine second place and Robbie Armit taking third place. Polmont’s Charlie Hardie took what has become his customary win in heat two with heat one winner Doull in second and Armit taking another excellent third place. The final heat of the evening saw the coin toss finally produce the first ever clockwise Ninja Kart race in Scotland and the youngsters adapted brilliantly to this change and it was European Champion Declan Honeyman who came from the rear of the grid to take the historic win with Doull and Armit claiming the minor podium places on a night where they showed excellent consistency while all drivers showed maturity and awareness that belied their tender years.

The CC Rods were back on track for their second fixture in as many weeks at HRP Lochgelly Raceway and another excellent turnout of cars was further enhanced by the return of Arbroath’s Colin Elliot and Kirkcaldy’s Kevin Hutchison. Having managed to take victory in heat one seven days previously, Methil’s Ian Walle Sr managed to repeat the feat as he fended off the challenge of Bonnyrigg’s Jamie Brown and Lanarkshire’s Ian Donaldson to claim the win. Donaldson has been in consistent form throughout the year so far and took another fine victory in heat two with David McFarlane from Midlothian and Methil’s Ian Walle Jr rounding out the top three. The feature final was stopped almost as soon as it began with Methil pilot Michael Byers stranded on the entrance to turn three. It was fellow Methil man Ian Walle Jr who claimed his second final win in seven days as he headed Donaldson and Kirkcaldy’s Emma Kirk to round off another great night of CC Rod racing. With Stock Rods continuing to struggle for numbers due to drivers readying cars etc; the decision was taken to run two races – the first of these was won by Chris Lattka while the second was claimed by Jonathan Lattka in the final meeting of the national points season for the formula at HRP Lochgelly Raceway.

The ProStocks were back at HRP Lochgelly Raceway and, once again, numbers increased to mid-teens as the formula continues to grow slowly. However, it was one of the stars of 2016 so far who claimed the first win of the night as Thornton’s Ricky White claimed the win ahead of Dalkeith’s Tam Melrose and Stirling’s Jordan Cassie. Cassie has struggled since switching from a Ford Escort to a Vauxhall Astra in the close-season but he put those struggles behind him in heat two as he took an excellent win with Melrose again taking second and White having to settle for third. The feature final was another frenetic race but it was White who maintained his status as top points scorer with an excellent win ahead of Melrose who took a hat-trick of runners-up finishes and Leslie’s Ryan Harrow.

The final formula on show were the Superstox and they have been in excellent form this season. Indeed, seven Scottish drivers headed south to race at Northampton last weekend and, with the European Championship just a fortnight away, it was possibly no surprise that one or two drivers elected to have a rest – these included Stuart Gilchrist who has dominated the race wins so far in 2016. The drivers got well and truly stuck in from the off although Mark Brady, who took the first race last time out, would have been disappointed as his challenge ended before the race really got going. Forfar’s Adam Low made most of the running in this race but was overhauled in the latter stages and it was Peebleshire driver Kenny McKenzie who came through the chaos to claim the win despite several attempts to remove him from eventual second place finisher Bryan Forrest from Musselburgh and Dundee’s Dino Bruce. The second heat saw Forrest even the score with McKenzie as he managed to take his first win of the evening ahead of McKenzie with Carronshore’s Tony Lattka taking a fine third place. The feature final was the final race of an entertaining session and the drivers battled at every turn as the jostled for position. Following his disappointment in heat one and a lowly eighth in heat two; it was Gartcosh’s Mark Brady who kept his head from the yellow grade to claim an excellent win ahead of fellow yellow grader Steven Ballantine from Larbert and the blue graded Lattka to round off an excellent evening of Superstox racing.

Next week sees a huge event at HRP Lochgelly Raceway as drivers, teams and fans will gather to remember young Keir Millar who was tragically taken from us following a racing accident in May last year. The National Micro Bangers, 1300 Stock Cars, Ministox and Ninja Karts will all be in action as HRP pay tribute to a much-missed young man.

The action gets underway at HRP Lochgelly Raceway next Saturday May 7th at 5:30pm.





Ninja Karts - Which Way Round?
Added Thursday 28th April 2016
We as the promoters of all the Ninja Kart tracks feel that the formula is getting too competitive. We have come up with the idea that all the Ninja Karts will drive out on the track and the Steward / Clerk of the Course or even a chosen spectator would toss a coin and this will decide if the race will be run in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction.

The Ninja Karts will not be allowed to be touched to adjust tyre pressures or anything else. The Ninja Karts are meant to be fully symmetrical in every way so this should not make any difference to which direction they are racing.

This will be implemented with immediate effect.

If anyone touches a Ninja Kart once the coin toss has been called this will be classed as outside assistance and the driver will be disqualified.

DMC / HRP / RTS / Spedeworth-Incarace
Leading Promoters plus any other associated places who run the formula.




HRP Lochgelly Raceway April 23rd - A Report
Added Monday 25th April 2016
A bitter evening greeted drivers, teams and fans as they gathered at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this past Saturday for the latest slice of stock car action presented by Hardie Race Promotions. On a night more reminiscent of winter than late spring; a five formula, sixteen race meeting was scheduled and the green flag dropped on the first race at 6pm following a thirty-minute delay due to the roadworks on the A92.

The Ninja Karts were back in action this past Saturday for the first time since the LJN deSIGNS European Championship and it was great to see the new champion Declan Honeyman showing off his title with a newly painted aerofoil. Honeyman would have to wait until the first heat proper to show off his wing as the white and yellow graded drivers took to the track first for their traditional whites and yellows opener. One driver who has been on form of late is Ratho Station’s Harry Robertson and he underlined that in the race as he took the chequered flag ahead megan Murray and Kelty’s Mirran Adams. Megan had travelled over from Northern Ireland for what was her penultimate meeting in the formula prior to “retirement” at the ripe old age of 11! The first heat of the night saw a win for the newly-crowned European Champion Declan Honeyman following a post-meeting video review which resulted in the disqualification of original winner Harry Robertson for overtaking cars under the yellow flag with Mirran Adams taking an excellent second place with Robbie Armit claiming the final trophy and podium position. Heat Two saw Polmont’s Charlie Hardie take another win in what is proving to be a good season for him while Saline’s Jay Paterson announced his return to form with a superb runners-up finish ahead of Armit. The final heat of the evening was as chaotic as ever but it was Robertson who came through the chaos to make up for the disappointment of heat one by taking the last victory of the evening with West Lothian’s Ethan Doull and Alloa’s Honeyman rounding out the other podium spots on another night of action from the tiny terrors.

The Stock Rods were back on track this past Saturday and, sadly, with a number of drivers waiting on the final touches on their cars plus the loss of Brian Keir during practice and the absence of Chris Lattka due to personal reasons; the turnout of cars can only be described as poor. However, it was great to see Cowdenbeath’s Garry Gilfillan back on track in a stunning Vauxhall Nova for his first meeting of the year. The first heat saw a victory for Kelty’s Darren McAlpine as he held off the challenge of both Jonathan Lattka and Siobhan Martin. The second heat was essentially a carbon copy of the first as the top three claimed the same places as they had done in the previous race. The feature final was a fast-paced race where McAlpine, Martin and Lattka diced with each other for position in a great display of controlled driving – it was Jonathan Lattka who came through to be at the head of the pack at the chequered flag with McAlpine taking second and Martin third.

In stark contrast to the Stock Rods, the CC Rods have been in great health in the early part of 2016 with good grids and some great racing. Another good grid of cars arrived to do battle this past Saturday with Kirkcaldy’s Emma Kirk making her first appearance of the year after repossessing her car from partner Kevin Hutchison. The first heat saw a great race won by Methil’s Ian Walle Sr who managed to hold off the challenge of a fast-moving Ian Donaldson who made his way from the rear of the grid for second place with Kelty’s Colin Wotherspoon claiming a fine third place. The second heat saw Lanarkshire’s Donaldson go one better as he took the win ahead of fellow Lanarkshire pilot Derek Campbell with heat one winner Walle’s son, Ian Walle Jr, in third. The feature final saw chaos reign at the start as Wotherspoon’s Fiesta came to rest between turns one and two with front end damage; following the restart a fast-moving Ian Walle Jr came through the pack to take another win home to Methil in a season where he has made a habit of winning at HRP Lochgelly Raceway. Ian was joined on the lap of honour by second place Paul Muir of Stirling and his dad Ian Walle Sr who rounded off an excellent evening personally with a fine third place.

The 2.0 Hot Rods were back on track for their second outing in as many meetings. Lochore’s Billy Bonnar would be competing from red roof following two wins last time out while it was also good to see Kelty’s Kinzie Law back out on track after missing the last meeting. With Andrew Denholm and Iain Bruce still finding their feet from the rear of the grid, the blue grade was at the head of the grid for the start of heat one and it was Dunfermline’s Gerry Hendry who duly took advantage of this to claim another win in 2016 despite the close attentions of Bonnar and Falkirk’s Robbie Burgoyne. Heat Two saw Hendry make another quick getaway but he was eventually overhauled by Bonnar who went on to take a fine win ahead of Burgoyne and Hendry. The feature final was another fast-paced race with some great racing action throughout the grid but it was Hendry who claimed a heat and final winning double to secure a return to red grade for May with Bonnar taking another second place ahead of Falkirk’s Alex Wilson who has started to show some of his 2015 form.

The final formula on show were the HRP 1300 Stock Cars and, as always, they did not disappoint! It was good to see National Points Champion Zak Gilmour back on track in his new Vauxhall Tigra B – a car that, to my knowledge, has never been used in the formula before now. East Wemyss driver Dean McGill took the first win of the night ahead of fellow Fifer Callum Barclay and Johnstone’s Kevin Morrison. The second heat saw another Fife win as Stevie Gold took an excellent win ahead of a fast-moving Fraser Clark and Anstruther’s Paul Beaton. The 1300 Stock Cars have been in great form in 2016 and the night’s chaos continued into the last race of the night as the feature final saw the bumpers flying in at every opportunity but it was Falkirk’s Fraser Clark in only the third meeting for his new GRP Vauxhall Corsa, that took a tremendous win ahead of Bonnyrigg’s Kai McNulty who was displaying some of his 2015 pace that got him to superstar and Beaton to round off a great night of action in the 1300 Stock Cars.

Sixteen races and all concluded in around three and a half hours; this Saturday sees more of the same as HRP continues to deliver great value for money.

This Saturday April 30th sees the incredible Superstox return to HRP Lochgelly Raceway with the Stock Rods, CC Rods, ProStocks and Ninja Karts completing a five formula, sixteen race programme with the action scheduled to get underway at 6pm.




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