HRP October Speed Weekend - A Report
Added Monday 16th October 2017

An un-seasonally pleasant weekend of weather greeted a huge number of drivers, teams and fans as they gathered in huge numbers for the final HRP Lochgelly Raceway Speed Weekend of 2017 with huge championship implications for the National Micro Bangers and ProStocks.

The National Micro Bangers had gathered in huge numbers once again for their World Cup which has been held at HRP Lochgelly Raceway for the past five seasons and featured drivers from all over the UK with notable interest from East Anglia as well as the North of England who featured a large contingent from the Gravediggers Banger Team and Northern Ireland. The first race was for non-qualifiers and featured around forty cars and set the tone for the rest of the evening with action from the drop of the green flag! England's Jason Smy came through the chaos to take the first win of the night. The next race for the Micro Bangers was the main event of the weekend, the World Cup, and the grid made for a spectacular sight with around SEVENTY cars on track in their now traditional three-wide starting grid. It didn't take long for the expected chaos to ensue as cars were sent in every direction as the green flag fell. It was difficult to know where to look most of the time with action all over the track but it was another Englishman Josh Vowden who came through the carnage and the chaos to be crowned 2017 National Micro Banger World Cup Champion with Northern Irish duo Leonard Dunn and 2017 Unlimited Banger World Champion Steven Bolton in third in a race that started with around seventy drivers and finished with only seven cars running!!! The first all-comers race featured another large entry of cars and the victory went to Lee Kingsnorth from England with fellow Englishman Daz Prestige claiming the win in the second all-comers race which was the final action of Saturday night.

Sunday produced a great day of action for the Micro Bangers too with their Open Scottish Championship first on the agenda which mustered a grid of over forty cars. Former Saloon European Champion Georgie Boult Jr took up the running after the expected early lap sorting out and looked odds-on to take a relatively easy win until Jack Ansell got involved from a lap down and this saw a chaotic finish to the race but Boult managed to get his nose ahead at the finish line to take the title ahead of Lee Kingsnorth and Scotsman Tam Melrose. The two all-comers races went the way of Kingsnorth and Kenny Stephenson before Michael Gill was the last car running in a spectacular Demolition Derby.

The ProStocks arrived in fantastic numbers for the weekend with a huge contingent from Northern Ireland seeing the entry comfortably into the mid-thirties for their biggest event of the year - the ProStocks World Cup. The Northern Irish have dominated the major championships for the formula in recent years but hopes were high for a home win as the first of two heats got underway to determine the grid for the main race. Stephen Boyd is no stranger to victory lane and the Northern Irishman came through to take victory in heat one ahead of Scotland's Paul Barron and Northern Ireland's Stephen Haugh. Heat Two was lined up with the cars in the reverse order from heat one but it was another victory for Northern Ireland as Alan Haugh took the win ahead of his compatriots Leonard Dunn (the defending World Cup Champion) and Karl Smyth but spare a thought for Scotland's Jason McAlpine who was leading the race by a mile when a throttle issue ended his challenge. There was a strong Northern Irish flavour to the front end of the grid and it soon became a battle of attrition with several cars falling by the wayside as the laps continued to dwindle with Del McLaughlin leading the way for much of the race with Alan Haugh a few car lengths behind. It Looked like a foregone conclusion as the McLaughlin took the last lap board with Haugh still seemingly too far behind to mount a challenge but Haugh gave it everything he had on the last corner and managed to make contact with McLaughlin's car. This sent both flying towards the safety fence and it looked like Dunn may well sneak through to retain his title but Haugh managed to get the power down and cross the line first ahead of McLaughlin and Dunn with less than a car length separating the top three in a blanket finish – top notch stuff!!!

Sunday's ProStocks action began with the coveted Christopher Burke Memorial Race which was also for the 2017 HRP Gold Cup and the Northern Irish continued their stranglehold as Dan Shannon managed to overhaul Karl Smyth in the closing stages for the win. The remaining heats of the weekend went the way of Stephen Boyd and Smyth to make six wins out of six races for the Northern Irish - true domination but some incredible action from the ProStocks.

The 1300 Stock Cars were also in attendance for two days of domestic action and it was great to see Lochgelly's Euan Mathieson showing off the silver roof as National Points Champion. Euan and brother Andrew certainly livened up the first heat with their antics and both cars required surgery after the race which was won by Craig Haxton. The second heat saw some more great action with the drivers getting stuck in but Sandy Allen held on to take the win ahead of Haxton and Scottish Champion Billy Wilson. The feature final was another entertaining race with Wilson coming through to take the win from the rear of the grid with Allen and Haxton claiming the two remaining podium spots.

Sunday's 1300 Stock Car action saw Euan Mathieson and Jock Whyte using each other's cars while it was also great to see Eddie Corr back on track after a lengthy absence due to a knee operation. Sandy Allen was enjoying a great weekend and picked up two heat wins to see him elevated to blue grade for the feature final which was won in fine style by Craig Haxton from Billy Wilson and Dean McGill.

The Ninja Karts were also on track this past Sunday at HRP Lochgelly Raceway and, after a whites and yellows win for the ever-improving Demi Ritchie, it was Charlie Hardie who confirmed himself as the 2017 national points Champion with a spectacular hat-trick of victories.

A fantastic weekend of action at HRP Lochgelly Raceway and CHAMPIONSHIP FEVER is set to continue this Saturday October 21st as the Stock Rods contest their Scottish Championship (currently held by Chris Lattka). Lattka will face some stiff competition if he plans to hold on to his title and it promises to be a great night of racing with the Classic Hot Rods, Junior Productions and Ninja Karts also in action PLUS the annual Banger Ramp Rollover event. The action gets underway at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this Saturday from 6pm.

HRP October 7th - A Report
Added Monday 9th October 2017
Another dry evening greeted drivers, teams and fans as they gathered at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this past Saturday as CHAMPIONSHIP FEVER continued at the well-appointed venue with the Ringtone Racepaints CC Rods Scottish Championship headlining the event with the Superstox, Stock Rods, Ministox and Ninja Karts also in action.

The CC Rods have had an outstanding year with plenty of cars, some great racing and no shortage of talking points! An impressive 22 cars were in the pits before the start of the event but Tony Wright's car did not make it on track as Heat One gridded up with the rest of the contenders lining up according to the results of a public draw. Lee Wotherspoon's new car did not take off as he would have hoped for and this caused problems for a number of drivers who were eliminated almost as soon as the race began with several cars looking worse for wear. The second attempt at racing saw a great battle ensue between Stewart Aitken, Jamie Bell and Graham Osborne as they battled over the lead but it was Aitken who headed Bell and Osborne home at the chequered flag to pick up the valuable points which would determine the grid for the final. Ian Donaldson's defence of his title ended acrimoniously as he sent a car spinning towards the safety fence at the end of the race – an action which saw Donaldson loaded up for the evening. The second heat saw the drivers lining up in the reverse order from heat one and it was Colin Wotherspoon who took full advantage of his starting position to take an excellent win in his recently-debuted Vauxhall Corsa with Ian Hotchkies and Jamie Brown picking up the other podium spots while heat one winner Aitken finished in sixth. Aitken's sixth place finish in the second heat was enough to secure pole position ahead of Wotherspoon with Ian Hotchkies and Bob Cairns claiming slots on the second row. At the drop of the green flag, Aitken shot straight into the lead while Wotherspoon moved into second as those behind battled over positions in the early stages. As those behind him battled with one another, Aitken continued on his merry way but a late caution period put the Stirling driver under pressure with Wotherspoon and Brown now within striking distance with just one lap to run. However, Aitken made the perfect start and went on to claim the Ringtone Racepaints CC Rods Scottish Championship with Wotherspoon taking second and Craig Watson an excellent third.

The Ninja Karts were back on track and, with school holidays seeing a few drivers enjoying some well-earned relaxation time, a slightly depleted field of 19 karts were on hand for the night’s action which started with the traditional whites and yellows race. In a carbon copy of the previous whites and yellows race seven days earlier; Connor Frame shot into the lead in the early stages and continued to hold on in first all the way to the chequered flag for his second win in as many weeks with Toby Tyson and Kyle Johnstone rounding out the podium. With a few less cars in the pits, HRP took the decision to allow white and yellow graded drivers to take part in all three heats as opposed to their usual two so a full complement of cars came on track for heat one. As he had done in the whites and yellows race, Connor Frame took up the early running and looked odds on for another win until the closing stages when National Points and Scottish Champion Charlie Hardie and star pilot Lennon Grant managed to overhaul the Frame machine with Hardie taking the win. The second heat saw another white grader feature prominently as Jack Baird stood out but, once again, Hardie was not to be denied as he led a star grade trio home with Bailey Millar and Lennon Grant filling the other podium spots while Baird held on for an excellent fourth. The third and final heat of the evening saw Hardie claim a faultless hat-trick as he held off the challenge of Lennon Grant and Harry Robertson while Frame claimed another excellent result with a fourth-place finish. It was fitting that Lennon Grant took a trophy home in this race as it was his last in the Ninja Kart formula at HRP Lochgelly Raceway ahead of a possible move up to the Junior Production formula for 2018 – we wish him well.

Also taking part in their final meeting at HRP Lochgelly Raceway in their current formula was Ministox ace Terri Linden. Terri has been hugely consistent at HRP and picked up many trophies so the challenge was on for her to take one home in her final meeting. A very healthy grid of Ministox arrived to battle including two welcome visitors from England in the form of David Shearing and Charlie Sime. The first heat saw former Ninja Kart ace Scott Allardyce pick up the early lead of fellow white top Barry Scott and Allardyce continued to stretch his lead as the laps wound down as Steven Burgoyne managed to get ahead of Charlie Folan for second place. With only the last lap left to go, Allardyce's lead had been reduced to nothing and Burgoyne put the bumper in on the last corner to take victory from Allardyce by less than a car length! The second heat was another excellent race with Allardyce spinning out early on which allowed Jamie Stewart to enjoy some time at the front of the pack. Charlie Folan had looked quick in the first race and he came through with Taylor Borthwick and Steven Burgoyne in tow to take the win from Borthwick and Burgoyne with Terri Linden coming home just outside of the trophy places in fourth. The feature final was another superb race as the Ministox continued their impressive season and, once again, Allardyce took the early initiative as he moved into the lead. Using all of the experience he had gathered in the Ninja Karts, Allardyce kept a cool head as he continued in the lead while the battle raged on behind him featuring Folan, Borthwick, Burgoyne, Naismith and Linden among others. Naismith was the first to make the break from the chasing group and he pursued Allardyce as the laps wound down and eventually caught and passed the 2017 rookie for the win but Allardyce held on for an excellent second while Terri Linden signed off on her HRP Ministox career with a trophy for third spot. Great action from the youngsters.

The Stock Rods were back in action for the first time since Chris Lattka claimed the British Championship here at HRP Lochgelly Raceway a fortnight ago and he was part of a strong field that also featured National Champion Siobhan Martin and Best in Britain Jonathan Lattka plus many of the usual top pilots although Gary Nicholls was unable to take part after problems before the start of the event. Connar Venters made most of the early running but he was eventually overhauled by Siobhan Martin and former British Champion Andy Grant with Venters taking third. The second heat saw heat one winner Martin's challenge end as she was involved in an incident which left her car looking rather second-hand and this incident also saw both Lattka brothers, Gary Dean and Ross Finlay with issues. Recent heat and final winner Doug McLean came through for another victory in what has been a good 2017 for the former Cowdenbeath Track Champion but only after Darren McAlpine and Alan Cuthbert, who finished ahead of McLean, were docked for jumping the restart and original start respectively. The feature final saw a rather depleted field take to the track and, after the initial sort-out, it looked like McLean was on for another heat and final double as he crossed the line first but, in an ironic twist of fate, he was docked for contact which gave Darren McAlpine the win ahead of Grant and McLean. The Stock Rods will be racing for their Scottish Championship on October 21st at the Banger Ramp Rollover event!!!

The Superstox were the final formula on show and newly-crowned National Points Champion David Frame arrived with the silver roof in place on his machine. Paul Dunn took the lead in the early stages of the race but the likes of Chris Hay, Zak Gilmour and Ally Noble all featured prominently before Frame came through to take the win ahead of fellow star drivers Barry Stephen and Stuart Gilchrist. Having taken a hat-trick last time out; Gilchrist returned to victory lane in heat two after a dominant win. The feature final was punctuated by a nasty incident for Paul Dunn who clipped the wall on the exit of turn two before stopping in the middle of the back straight. The yellow flags were out instantly but the unfortunate Allan Gibson was unsighted as came around and hit the Dunn car. After a few moments, Dunn exited his car under his own power with a foot injury but no other major injuries. Gilchrist had already claimed the lead of the race prior to this incident and went on to complete the other nine laps at the head of the field to claim the feature final win ahead of Frame and Stephen to complete an excellent night of action.

This weekend at HRP Lochgelly Raceway sees two great days of action with the National Micro Banger World Cup and ProStocks headlining the event. Over 120 Micro Bangers are currently booked in plus a big entry in the ProStocks and they will be joined for two days of racing by the 1300 Stock Cars with the Ninja Karts racing on the Sunday. Racing gets underway at 5pm on Saturday October 14th and 1pm Sunday October 15th at HRP Lochgelly Raceway – it should be a cracker.

HRP September 30th - A Report
Added Monday 2nd October 2017
After one or two showers in the afternoon, the skies were clear and the air was chilly 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.

After the exertions of last week's mammoth Speed Weekend; many would have thought that the season would now be winding down towards its inevitable conclusion but nothing could be further from the truth as CHAMPIONSHIP FEVER continued at Scotland's most-modern short oval motorsports facility with the Junior Productions and 2.0 Hot Rods holding their Scottish Championship events!

The Juniors were first on track and it was great to see another car on track to join the usual suspects with seven drivers now registered in the formula and more scheduled to appear in the coming months! It was Cameron Willacy (many people's favourite for the title) who claimed a favourable grid draw which saw him claim the two heat wins - meaning pole position for the former Ministox driver in the Scottish Championship race itself and he went on to underline his tag as favourite with a dominant drive to claim the inaugural Scottish title ahead of Kris Watson and Chelsey-Lee Kirton. Willacy is expected to be racing in a brand-new car for 2017 having just sold his current mount to one of HRP Ninja Kart drivers.

Coincidentally, the Ninja Karts were also on track this past Saturday and featured good numbers once again including debutants Hamish Plenderleith and Billie Summer Glen as the formula continues to go from strength to strength. As usual, the event for the tiny terrors got underway with a whites and yellows race for those less experienced drivers or those who have not scored so many points this season. Connor Frame surged into an early lead in this race and was kept honest by the hard-charging Jack Baird and Demi Ritchie but held on to take an excellent win ahead of the chasing pack. Heat One saw the higher graded drivers on track for the first time and they had their work cut out to chase down the flying lower graders but, by the time of the chequered flag, Lennon Grant had managed to do just that as he claimed an excellent win ahead of Jay Carruthers and Harry Robertson. Scottish Champion Charlie Hardie made up for lost time after a non-finish in heat one as he stormed to victory in heat two with after eventually overhauling Ritchie, who was enjoying an excellent night, and European/British Champion Robbie Armit. The final heat failed to see Armit or Hardie challenge for the win with Armit going out after a brush with the wall on turn two at virtually the same time as Hardie slowed down to a halt on the same turn. This left Grant with the opportunity to take full advantage which he duly did as he scooped his second win of the night with Demi Ritchie taking another podium spot and Callum Beaton posting a fine third ahead of an upgrading to blue for October.

The ProStocks were in action for the final time before their biggest event of 2017 when the 2017 World Cup will be held here at HRP Lochgelly Raceway on the weekend of October 14th and 15th. This was the last chance for drivers to test their cars in racing trim ahead of the big event with fifteen top Northern Irish stars already booked in for what promises to be a monumental weekend of action also featuring well in excess of 100 Micro Bangers!!! The first heat went true to form as National Point leader Paul Barron went on to take the win ahead of Scott Gordon and Ryan O'Shea as a number of cars fell by the wayside due to mechanical maladies. The second heat saw Barron give it his best shot (literally) as he took a huge dive at long-time race leader Bob Hamilton on the final corner but did not connect which resulted in Hamilton taking a fine win ahead of Barron and Scottish Champion Tam Melrose. The feature final certainly did not go Barron's way as a clutch issue saw the 755 Astra struggling for its usual pace. This handed the initiative to star graders Ian Christie and Jason McAlpine and these two scythed their way through the field (followed by the returning John Taylor) to claim the top three spots in the final race for the limited contact class ahead of what should be a great weekend of racing for them in mid-October.

The Superstox were also back in action for the final time in their current points campaign and, after a brilliant season, David Frame went into the event knowing that he held enough of a lead over Bryan Forrest to secure the silver roof but both drivers deserve huge credit for the fantastic season-long battle. Another excellent field of over twenty cars was in the pits head of the event and heat one produced some great action as the star drivers used their bumpers to full effect as they attempted to chase down the hard-charging lower-graders such as Paul Dunn, Jordan Black, Adam Low and Dean Johnston amongst others. Outgoing Points Champion Stuart Gilchrist made short work of those in front of him and went on to take a relatively easy win ahead Black and Forrest. Paul Dunn made the early running in heat two but Gilchrist was on a mission once again and he came through to claim his second win of the night with Allan Gibson and Bryan Forrest in the other podium positions. The feature final was another fast-paced race with plenty going on throughout the field as the drivers battled under the HRP Lochgelly Raceway floodlights. Once again, Dunn led the early stages but the blue grade led by Gibson and Steven Ballantine were not hanging around and soon made their way to the front but the stars were on the move led once again by Gilchrist and he managed to make his way to the front and stay there to claim a faultless hat-trick with 2016/17 National Points Champion David Frame coming home in second and Barry Stephen, in his first meeting with the ex-Hardie/Fewings/Carberry RCE in third to round off a great night of Superstox racing.

The final formula on show were the 2.0 Hot Rods and, while disciplinary issues and mechanical woes saw a number of drivers miss the event, those that were there on both sides of the fence will remember the evening for a long time. Drivers drew for grid starting positions for heat one with William Hardie taking pole while arch-rival and defending champion Gordon Alexander drew near the rear of the pack. Hardie went on to take a routine win but was pressed hard by Kevin Stewart all the way while Alexander made his way up to third by the finish. The second heat saw Alexander claim victory but, crucially, Hardie had managed to take second spot which secured pole position for the championship race. With the two top drivers in the formula anywhere in Europe on the front row; expectations were high for a classic and they did not disappoint. At the drop of the green flag, Alexander made the better start and surged into the lead on turn one from the outside of the front row with Hardie slotting in behind. What followed was 25 laps of pure hot rod racing with the drivers racing nose to tail and wheel to wheel for the entire race with Hardie getting his nose ahead on the outside line a few times but unable to get around the World Champion and this is how it stayed until the end when Alexander crossed the line just ahead of Hardie to successfully defend his Scottish title ahead of Hardie with Kevin Stewart coming home in third – a brilliant hot rod race from two great exponents of the formula.

The next slice of stock car action at HRP Lochgelly Raceway is this Saturday October 7th as CHAMPIONSHIP FEVER continues with the CC Rods battling it out for their Scottish Championship with ian Donaldson defending his title while the Superstox, Stock Rods, Ministox and Ninja Karts form the rest of a cracking five formula, sixteen race programme of events starting at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this Saturday from 5:45pm.


HRP September Weekend - A Report
Added Monday 25th September 2017
The headlining act of HRP's September to remember came this past weekend at HP Lochgelly Raceway as a mammoth weekend of racing saw some incredible racing, a dash of controversy, sportsmanship, stupidity and new champions crowned in a weekend that simply had everything and delivered it in spades!

Three formulas gathered in fantastic numbers on the Saturday night with major championship implications for all as the UK Oval Track Legends made their annual appearance to contest their European Championship, a star-studded field of Stock Rods battled it out for their British Championship while war was declared in the 1300 Stock Cars in their World Championship!

The UK Oval Track Legends only make one appearance in Scotland every year and it has become traditional that it is for their European Championship. Originally imported from the USA in the 1990s, these pocket rockets are one of the leading non-contact formulas around the UK. Based on vintage American hot rod body shapes, but powered by superbike engines, these little cars are extremely quick in a straight line and demand plenty of driving skill from some of Britain's top oval racing drivers. Given the long trip north for drivers and teams; an excellent sixteen cars were on the grid as two heats would determine the starting positions for the European Championship and these were duly won by Daniel Holden and Tom Sutton who both looked exceptionally quick as did Mark Dews who picked up two podium finishes. The European Championship race itself was an out and out hot rod race with Holden making all of the running while being kept honest by the chasing pack led by Dews and Sutton but Holden held on, using all of his experience to cross the line to claim the 2017 European Championship.

The Stock Rods are very popular at HRP Lochgelly Raceway and the Soapy Bubbles Car Wash/Shotts MOT Centre sponsored British Championship brought one of the strongest fields of Stock Rods ever assembled to HRP Lochgelly Raceway this past weekend with entrants from all corners of the Stock Rod world. The thirty-six cars drew for grid positions for their three heats which would see each of the cars race twice to determine the grid for the British Championship Final and the heats were won by the home trio of Jon Venters, Darren McAlpine and Gary Nicholls. The British Championship Final grid saw thirty-five drivers take to the track as the atmosphere built under the HRP floodlights with England's Jack Grandon on pole with Northern Ireland's Curtis Greer alongside ahead of Scottish quartet Darren McAlpine, Siobhan Martin, Jon Venters and Chris Lattka. As the green flag fell; Grandon shot into the lead while Greer had to defend his position as he was challenged by those behind him which allowed Grandon to create a decent gap between him and the chasing pack with Lattka, Stuart Smyth and Siobhan Martin looking particularly quick. Greer continued to defend his position while McAlpine's tyres went off in the latter stages which allowed a number of cars to get past him but time and laps ran out for any hopefuls as Grandon crossed the line first with Greer in second and Lattka third. Unfortunately, for Grandon and Greer, post-race checks discovered issues with their engines which saw both subsequently removed from all results for the weekend which resulted in Chris Lattka being declared the 2017 British Champion to add to his European and National Points titles this year with Stuart Smyth finishing second and National Champion Siobhan Martin taking third in a race that was sadly, but unavoidably, decided in the scrutineering bay rather than on track.

The 1300 Stock Cars have had a turbulent season on the domestic front but over forty cars were in the pits this past weekend to contest the ASD Welding Services 1300 Stock Cars Championship of the World with all of the big names in attendance including defending champion Daniel Weavers. Drivers would be gridded according to their National Points and draw for positions on the grid against their peers from the other promotions. The first two rows saw Lochgelly's own Euan Mathieson on pole with Norfolk's Billy Smith and Diggy Smith second and third while Northern Irish Points Champion Jon McQuillan would line up fourth. The grid made for an impressive sight as they rolled off for the first of two rolling laps as the tension built around the stadium. The green flag fell on the huge field with Mathieson coming under fire immediately from the father and son Smith duo while the bumpers flew in all the way through the field with an early caution declared for a car in a dangerous position. Following the resumption of the race and the early laps sort-out; it became a two-horse race with former European Champion Ian Beaumont and Diggy Smith trading blows and positions as the laps wound down. Smith was given a helping hand on several occasions as his son Billy slowed down in an attempt to hinder Beaumont's progress as the crowd reached fever pitch encouraging their favourites when a huge hit from Tommy Aylward saw Dean McGill stuck in the turn four fence with just one lap to go bringing out the yellow flag. As the leaders came out of turn two and headed down the back straight, Smith flew over the infield kerb and slammed Beaumont into the fence which brought an immediate end to the race under the "Malcolm Girling Rule" which states that if the leader of the race is taken out illegally in the final three laps then the race will revert one lap back and that handed Beaumont the win in controversial fashion but there was certainly no doubt about the illegality of the hit by Smith - despite his rather over the top protests to the contrary!!! Ian Beaumont came through a myriad of challenges and can rightly be declared as the 2017 1300 Stock Car World Champion with Scottish duo Paul Ford (who started at the rear of the grid) and Ryan McGill rounding out the podium. The two subsequent heats were won by English duo Jason Scopes and Ryan Jordan while Jordan had to settle for second behind Lochgelly's Andrew Mathieson in the Bill Auld Fabrications Trophy Final which brought an end to Saturday's proceedings.

Sunday dawned wet but the track was dry for the early part of Sunday's meeting which would see the Legends, 1300 Stock Cars and Stock Rods contesting their Open Scottish Championship while they were also joined by the CC Rods and Ministox. The Legends heats were won by Jon Evans and new European Champion Daniel Holden and it was Evans, on his first visit to the track who drove a highly-composed race to take the Scottish Open title in the formula who signed off for another year with many of the drivers doing donuts to the cheers of the crowd in attendance.

The 1300 Stock Cars Open Scottish Championship was their first race and was exceptionally competitive as the drivers let loose with the bumpers being used to full effect. Ryan Jordan had enjoyed a successful Saturday and looked odds on to take the title but was caught by European Champion Lee Pearce in the closing stages as he added another title to his CV with Jordan coming home in second and new World Champion Ian Beaumont third. The first heat was won by British Champion Will Morphey ahead of Jordan and Ryan Santry while the second heat (and final race of the weekend for the 1300s) was abandoned before it began due to the shenanigans of Ryan McGill, Dean McGill and Billy Smith who had to be stopped by one of the recovery vehicles from doing anything else! A shameful end to a brilliant weekend of 1300 Stock Car Racing.

The Stock Rods arrived in fantastic numbers once again with thirty-seven cars in attendance, necessitating three heats once again and these were won by Irish Champion Derek McMillan, former British Champion andy Grant and British Champion runner-up Stuart Smyth. With McMillan on pole, it was up to the other drivers to find a way past the former National and European Champion and, at the end of the twenty laps, nobody had an answer for the flying Northern Irishman who took the title ahead of Smyth and younger brother Shane McMillan.

The CC Rods raced in their three usual races with a number of debutants on track. Heat wins went the way of Colin Thomson and Pete Honeyman while Thomson doubled up once more with another final win to add to his hat-trick last time out.

The Ministox had another good field of cars on hand including visitor Charlie Morphey. Mitchell Gold took heat one with Morphey taking heat two before ORCi Champion Steven Burgoyne claimed the feature final top bring a close to an incredible weekend of action which had it all.

Many will be talking about last weekend for a long time but the season rolls on and Championship Fever continues at HRP Lochgelly Raceway as the 2.0 Hot Rods and Junior Productions contest their Scottish Championships with the ProStocks, Ninja Karts and Superstox in support.

The action gets underway at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this Saturday September 30th at 5:45pm.

HRP September 16th - A Report
Added Monday 18th September 2017
A dry but chilly afternoon greeted drivers, teams and fans as they gathered at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this past Saturday as Championship Fever continued during HRP's September to Remember. This time the limelight shone on the youngest drivers in Scotland as the Ninja Karts contested their Scottish Championship with a fantastic turnout in Scotland’s top formula for 6 to 11 year-olds.

A fantastic entry of twenty-three Ninja Karts arrived to do battle for the Scottish title with Charlie Hardie defending the title he won a year ago. While Hardie has maintained his hold on the National Points lead; it has been Robbie Armit who has picked up the British and European titles in what has been a fantastic year for the young driver of the 84 machine and these two would start the event among the pre-race favourites. However, with the likes of Lennon Grant, Josh Bruce and Bailey Millar also on the track; whoever would go on to take the title will most definitely have earned it. The format saw two heats run with the second being a reverse grid of heat one which gave all drivers an equal chance to score points. The first heat saw Hardie get the defence of his title off to the best possible start as he took the win ahead of Lennon Grant and Robbie Armit while heat two saw Armit claim victory ahead of Hardie and Grant as three of the top drivers underlined the pre-race favourites tags. These results put Hardie on Pole Position for the Scottish Championship race with Armit on his outside and Grant on the inside of row three. The tension built as the drivers prepared for the green flag under the HRP Lochgelly Raceway floodlights; Hardie surged into the lead from the off with Armit in close proximity as Grant and Harry Robertson battled it out over third place. Hardie led for the majority of the sixteen-lap race with Armit getting ahead briefly in the closing stages but Hardie managed to get back in front to hold on to the Scottish Championship for another year with Armit claiming second and Grant third. Special mention to Lucy Millar who was the first of the girl racers home in 8th place in her final Ninja Kart race before she reaches "retirement" age.

The Classic Hot Rods returned to HRP Lochgelly Raceway for the first time since their big weekend in April with six of the local drivers bringing their stunning machinery to HRP for the latest round in their Scottish Series. The sight of Mk1 and Mk2 Escorts, Talbot Sunbeams, Ford Anglias and Vauxhall Chevettes speeding around the short oval would have conjured up fond memories for many of the older spectators who recall the "glory days" of hot rod racing and they certainly attacked the senses with their noise, colour and speed. Kenny Purdie has dominated the formula on a national and international level as he heads towards what many now see as an inevitable National Points title and did his hopes no harm at all as he took a flawless hat-trick of wins on the night.

The CC Rods returned for another night of action and a couple of familiar faces from other formulas were on track as ProStocks star Ian Christie and former 1300 Stock Car World Champion Jim McAlpine took to the track in HRP's low-budget, non-contact class. Heat One saw Colin Thomson take a fine victory from the white grade as he managed to hold off the challenge of recently promoted red top Stewart Aitken and Colin Wotherspoon. Heat Two saw Thomson starting at the rear of the white grade but that did not deter him as he managed to make his way through to the front and stay there for his second win of the night ahead of Aitken and Ian Donaldson. Thomson's two victories would see him start the feature final from the yellow grade but the handicap of starting further down the grid did not affect him as he went on to take his third win on a fantastic night for the Kennoway pilot who only joined the formula a few months ago.

The 2.0 Hot Rods were back in town and it was good to see Gill Anderson and Gordon Hendry return to action in the final meeting before the 2.0 Hot Rod Scottish Championship on September 30th. The previous meeting had seen an upturn in the fortunes for Andrew Denholm who was in the top four in all three races (including a win in heat one) and this meeting proved to be more of the same for the Uphall driver as he scooped another win in heat one ahead of Alex Wilson and William Hardie. The second heat saw Denholm continue his rich vein of form as he claimed his second win of the night and third in five races as held on to take heat two ahead of Hardie and Kevin Stewart. The feature final saw Denholm elevated to yellow grade following his two race wins which put him closer to the fast-moving stars at the rear of the grid and, while Denholm performed well, he had to settle for third place behind National, British and European Champion William Hardie and World Champion Gordon Alexander.

The Superstox were the fifth and final formula on show on a busy night at HRP Lochgelly Raceway and it was great to see Mark Brady back on track after injury had curtailed his season and in a brand-new car to boot! Brady's new car looked absolutely stunning but most eyes were on the continuing battle for the National Points Championship with top contenders David Frame and Bryan Forrest were both in attendance. Frame extended his lead as he took heat one but Forrest only dropped a point as he took second ahead of former points champion Barry Stephen. Former Ministox racer Dean Johnstone has taken his first win in the Superstox last time out and claimed his second win in the formula in heat two as he crossed the line ahead of current points champion Stuart Gilchrist and David Frame. The feature final was, as always, a frenetic race with the front bumpers being used to full effect but Johnston held on to take his second win of the night with Gilchrist and Frame having to settle for the minor places on the podium.

A cracking night of entertainment at HRP Lochgelly Raceway which has whetted the appetite of many as next week sees the third HRP Speed Weekend of 2017 which features the 1300 Stock Car World Championship, Stock Rod British Championship and UK Oval Track Legends European Championship plus Ministox and CC Rods. Saturday's action gets underway at 5pm while the green flag will drop on Sunday's first race at 1pm. A busy weekend ahead this Saturday September 23rd and Sunday 24th at HRP Lochgelly Raceway!

News History
- HRP September 9th - A Report
- 1300 Stock Car World Final News
- HRP September 2nd - A Report
- HRP August 18th - A Report
- HRP August 12th - A Report
- HRP August 4th - A Report
- HRP July 29th - A Report
- HRP July 22nd - A Report
- 2.0 Hot Rod Gradings
- HRP July 15th - A Report
- HRP June 24th - A Report
- HRP June 17th - A Report
- HRP June Speed Weekend - A Report
- HRP June 3rd - A Report


Saturday 21st October 2017, 5.45pm



Stock Rods Scottish Championship
Classic Hot Rods
Junior Productions
Ninja Karts

Friday 27th October 2017, 7.00pm


1300 Stock Cars (Mr Gunn Trophy)
CC Rods (Bill and Ciaran Hawkes Memorial Trophy)
2.0 Hot Rods

Saturday 4th November 2017, 5.00pm


1300 Stock Cars
National Hot Rod WQR
Stock Rods