Friday 28th October, Start Time: 19:00; Friday Night Event 1300 Stock Cars (Mr Gunn Trophy) ProStocks (Christopher Burke Memorial Trophy) Stock Rods Ministox.
HRP Lochgelly Raceway October 22nd - A Report
Added Monday 24th October 2016
A dry evening with a wintry feel in the air greeted drivers, teams and fans as they gathered at HRP Lochgelly Raceway for the latest slice of stock car action presented by Hardie Race Promotions. With the close-season fast approaching, this event represented one of the final chances for spectators to enjoy a great night of entertainment at HRP Lochgelly Raceway before the end of the 2016 season.

For many, the main event would be the Ramp Rollover Event which would conclude the night’s entertainment but HRP had a full racing programme scheduled prior to this featuring four great formulas.

The night began with the final meeting for the Ninja Karts in 2016. The formula was started in Scotland in 2013 and has become hugely popular as young drivers take their first steps on the oval racing ladder and it was a poignant evening as another two of the original “gang of six” were taking part in their final races as Ninja Kart drivers in the form of Declan Honeyman and Jay Paterson while Ethan Doull was also making his last home track appearance. However, before these youngsters would take to the track; it was the turn of the white and yellow graded drivers to contest their traditional heat which was won by the returning Lucy millar – Lucy had taken a whack at the last event so it was great to see her back on track and claiming victory ahead of Rachel Kidd and Jase Walle. The first heat proper saw the blue, red and superstar graded drivers join the fray in an all-in format for the Jus-Bounce Trophy. The trophy would go to the highest points scorer over the three heats. Scottish and British Champion Charlie Hardie secured victory in the first heat ahead of Bailey Millar and Rachel Kidd. Hardie’s win and closest-rival Robbie Armit’s 8th place combined to also secure Hardie the National Points title after a fantastic season-long battle between two top young stars. Hardie double up in heat two as he once again headed Bailey millar across the line with European Champion Declan Honeyman claiming the third-place trophy in his penultimate race. The last race of the night saw Hardie cross the line first but he was removed from the results after contact with Bailey Millar’s kart which handed victory to Robbie Armit ahead of the retiring Jay Paterson and Lennon Grant. The points were tallied up and it was Bailey Millar who claimed the Jus-Bounce Trophy ahead of Lennon Grant and Scott Allardyce who were tied on points and split by their results in the last race of the night. A thrilling conclusion to a fantastic season in the UK’s premier junior racing formula at HRP Lochgelly Raceway.

The CC Rods were back in action for their second meeting in seven days and another good field of cars were on hand to do battle. Leslie’s Ian Hotchkies maintained his recent good form in heat one as he took the spoils in his unique MK2 Astra ahead of Colin Wotherspoon in his Fiesta and Gary Paul’s Citroen Saxo. Gary Paul has looked quick in his sporadic appearances this year and underlined that with victory in heat two ahead of on-form duo Bob martin and Hotchkies. With two podium finishes in the heats; Gary Paul looked a good bet to claim the feature final from his advantageous white grade starting position and he duly did so as he took the chequered flag ahead of Wotherspoon and Bob Cairns. The CC Rods have one more meeting to go and it is on HRP Lochgelly Raceway’s Firework Finale on Saturday November 5th for the coveted Bill and Ciaran Hawkes Memorial Trophy.

The 2.0 Hot Rods were also back in action and it was great to see Kelty’s Kinzie Law back on track after missing several meetings. An entry in double figures was pleasing for this point in the season with Ryan Mackie also returning to the formula. However, neither of these drivers, or anyone else, had an answer for a rapid Billy Bonnar in heat one as the Lochore driver claimed an excellent win with only Scottish Champion Gordon Alexander getting on terms with Bonnar in the closing stages. Heat Two saw Bonnar surge into the lead in short order once again and he was able to maintain his lead to claim his second win and a return to red grade ahead of Alex Wilson and Gill Anderson. The feature final was another excellent race with the drivers putting on a demonstration of car control as they sliced their way around the HRP Lochgelly Raceway tarmac. Bonnar’s promotion to red did not deter him as he looked fast once again but Anderson had managed to get ahead of Bonnar and held on to that lead until the chequered flag to claim his second final win in as many meetings ahead of Bonnar and Gordon Alexander.

The final formula on show were the Superstox who were in action at HRP Lochgelly Raceway for the final time in 2016 after an excellent year for the formula. This past Saturday night saw the welcome return of Allan Greig to the formula as well as the debut of 1300 racer Ryan McGill in the ex-Kris Baillie car. The first race went the way of David Frame but the first half of the race was all about the impressive driving of 2016 rookie Jordan Black who drove steadily to remain in the lead before being overhauled by some of the more experienced pilots - Frame claimed the win ahead of Chris Millar and Scottish Champion Bryan Forrest. The second heat saw Black make the running in the early stages before being overhauled by Lewis Willacy who drove with great maturity to keep his car ahead of heat one winner Frame to claim an excellent win with Tony Lattka coming home in third. The feature final was another excellent race with the drivers putting on a masterclass of bumper action. Frame had surged through the field once again but had no answer for Chris Miller who had made his way into the lead and built up a sufficient gap to claim the win ahead of Frame and Lattka to round off a fantastic season for the open-wheel class.

The final event was the one that had brought so many people to HRP Lochgelly Raceway as the annual Ramp Rollover Event saw eight brave test pilots take to the skies to battle for the win. Lochgelly’s own Billy Wilson was the first over the new ramp and it appeared at one point that Billy was going to land on the A92 as he flew high into the air before crashing to earth and rolling no less than two and half times!!! While this may have put some off from hitting the ramp at such high speeds, it certainly did not deter most of the drivers as each of them thrilled the crowd with some incredible jumps with Lee Clarke producing a huge and spectacular leap to claim the big win while Dougie Kidd’s jump saw him come to a halt against the turn three fence!!! One of the major highlights for many was Northern Irishman Darren Bevan who may not have attacked the ramp at quite the same pace as the likes of Wilson, Clarke, Kidd, Michelle Murdoch, Steven Van Putten or Douglas and Sean McConnachie who all produced huge jumps but he managed to roll his car, keep it running and perform multiple jumps with the crowd lapping it up as Bevan’s battered Nissan Micra refused to quit – a thrilling end to a fantastic night of entertainment.

There are just two meetings remaining at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this year and the first of these is this Friday October 28th where the 1300 Stock Cars will contest the prestigious Mr Gunn trophy while a huge influx of visitors will add interest to the Ministox. The ProStocks will be contesting their Christopher Burke Memorial Trophy while the four-formula line-up is completed by the Stock Rods in their final outing of 2016.

A great line-up with the action getting underway at HRP Lochgelly Raceway from 7pm.


HRP Lochgelly Raceway October 15th - A Report
Added Tuesday 18th October 2016
As the season draws towards its close in early November; a blustery and wet afternoon 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.

Championship Fever returned with a vengeance as the hard-hitting 1300 Stock Cars arrived to contest their Scottish Championship – which was the last Scottish title to be determined this year. Sadly, last-minute engine troubles meant that defending champion Callum Barclay was unable to defend his title on track so a new champion would be crowned.

While it had been wet earlier in the day; the majority of the rain had disappeared by the 6pm start time and a public grid draw for the 1300 Stock Cars Scottish Championship saw Lochgelly’s Andrew Mathieson claim pole position with West Lothian driver Derek Slater alongside him. At the drop of the green flag the expected chaos did not take long to happen with Bobby Gold, Kev Baird and the Low brothers getting involved with each other. With some very un-savoury actions being witnessed; the Low brothers were actually ordered to leave the track for their part and certainly those kind of hits and actions are not what most people want to see. Andrew Mathieson had made a good start on the initial green flag and managed to do so again to retain his lead. A great battle ensued behind the 124 car as Euan Mathieson, Dean McGill and Zak Gilmour all traded blows with McGill eventually making the break from the other two to give chase to Andrew Mathieson but he was unable to reduce the gap sufficiently to make a challenge as the chequered flag fell on Andrew Mathieson. Sadly, the story did not end there as Mathieson’s car sadly failed post-race checks which handed the win and, more importantly, the Scottish Championship to Dean McGill of East Wemyss with Lochgelly’s Euan Mathieson in second and Kirkintilloch’s Zak Gilmour in third. Andrew would go some way to making up for that loss in the subsequent two heats as he claimed a fantastic double with newly-crowned Scottish Champion McGill taking second in both races to finish a controversial evening in the 1300 Stock Cars.

The Stock Rods were back in action for the first time since their fantastic Best in Britain weekend here a couple of weeks ago and Best in Britain Champion Jonathan Lattka rolled into the pits with the Union Jack proudly on display on his roof. The meeting also saw the return to racing of Lee Smart who has been busy with mechanic duties on daughter Kaitlyn’s Ninja Kart of late. Conditions were far from ideal for the non-contact formula but the drivers put on a fantastic display of control in greasy conditions with some great racing throughout the evening. National Points Champion Siobhan Martin certainly looked to have a handle on the conditions as she stormed through from the back of the grid to take an excellent win in heat one ahead of Jonathan Lattka and John McAllister. Heat Two saw a victory for Gary Dean – the Kirknewton driver has been one of the finds of 2016. Having never raced before the 2016 season, gary has won a number of races and displayed some great skill in rising to blue roof and still managing to take wins – one to watch for the future. Gary managed to stay ahead of Jonathan Lattka and Siobhan Martin to take the win against some very exalted company. The feature final was another fantastic race with the drivers once again showing all of their skill to lap the HRP tarmac at a ferocious pace. After a great battle through the field; Siobhan Martin found herself at the head of the field once again and, as in heat one, it would be a lead that she would not lose as she went on to take an excellent heat and final winning double with Jonathan Lattka completing a full set of podium finishes in second ahead of John McAllister.

The CC Rods were also back in action after a few weeks away and another good field of HRP’s low budget, non-contact formula arrived to do battle. Having had a late start to his rookie season, Michael McNiven looked to be in the mood to make up for lost time as he stormed to victory in heat one ahead of the on-form Bob Martin and Brandon Gourlay. McNiven managed to repeat the feat in heat two with Gourlay and fellow Kirkcaldy pilot Kevin Hutchison being his nearest challengers. The feature final saw many wondering if McNiven could pull off an incredible hat-trick but it was not to be in a race that saw several cars looking worse for wear by the end. Ian Hotchkies took his MK2 Astra to victory lane as he bested Kirkcaldy duo Hutchison and Craig Watson.

The Ministox were the final formula on show and they have undoubtedly been one of the highlights of the 2016 Scottish Stock Car Season and yet another good turnout of cars rolled into the pits for start time. With no English visitors on track, many spectators were interested to see that a couple of drivers have upgraded their equipment with Mitchell Gold taking over the former Euan Millar car while points leader Sean Naismith appears to have acquired a car from the Elbourn camp from down south. Neither of these two drivers, or anyone else for that matter, had an answer for Dundee pilot and 2016 rookie Reece Din who scored a fantastic win ahead of Lochgelly’s Danny Whyte and Airth’s Steven Burgoyne despite his relative inexperience and the tricky track conditions! Just in case anyone believed that win was a fluke; Din went and repeated his exploits in heat two with Whyte again having to settle for second ahead of Burgoyne in a repeat of the podium from heat one. With promotion to the yellow grade for the feature final; Din’s advantage was significantly reduced and a rapid Michael Mitchell took the chequered flag ahead of Sean Naismith and Steven Burgoyne. Sadly, post-race checks indicated that Mitchell’s car did not comply with the rules and he was subsequently removed from the results – a real shame for a fantastic young man and one of the real characters in the Ministox formula.

An evening with some great action and a bit of controversy. The next slice of stock car action at HRP Lochgelly Raceway comes this Saturday October 22nd and the headline act is the annual RAMP ROLLOVER competition where drivers deliberately roll their cars in the name of entertainment. The Superstox, 2.0 Hot Rods, CC Rods and Ninja Karts complete the racing portion of this week’s programme of events which gets underway at 6pm on Saturday October 22nd and will conclude with the ramp rollover!!!

HRP Lochgelly Raceway October 8th - A Report
Added Monday 10th October 2016
A dry evening greeted drivers, teams and fans as they gathered at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this past Saturday night for the latest slice of stock car action presented by Hardie Race Promotions. A cracking four formula line-up meant that there would be thirteen races on the night and the action kicked off with the 6-11 year olds in the Ninja Karts.

The Ninja Karts have enjoyed a fantastic year and HRP are proud to boast some of the very best drivers in the UK in the junior formula. As always, a good number of karts arrived in time for the first race at 6pm and, as has become tradition at HRP Lochgelly Raceway, this race would be for white and yellow grade drivers. This race offers an excellent opportunity for those drivers with less points and perhaps experience to enjoy some track time without the pressure of the faster higher graded blue and red roofs buzzing around and is very popular with drivers and teams alike. It was Jay Carruthers who came through from the yellow grade to take a very welcome win in a season that has been somewhat stop/start for the young man and hopefully he will take this momentum into 2017 and beyond. The first heat of the evening saw the blues and reds join the fray but none of the higher graded drivers had an answer for Edinburgh’s Rachel Kidd who claimed another excellent win from yellow to add to her heat one win at the previous meeting; Lennon Grant and Scott Allardyce continued their recent good runs with podium finishes in this one. After spinning out in the first race, Polmont’s Charlie Hardie came through from the very rear of the grid to take an excellent win ahead of his two closest challengers in the points chase in Robbie Armit and Ethan Doull. The last heat of the night saw Scottish and British Champion Hardie double up as he took the chequered flag once again with Grant and Bailey Millar completing the top three on an excellent night of Ninja Kart action – the tiny terrors have one more meeting this season on October 22nd.

The 2.0 Hot Rods were back in action and it was the first opportunity for people to see the 71 Citroen Saxo of Gordon Alexander adorned with the Scottish Championship on his roof. Heat One saw a rapid Alex Wilson from Falkirk take the win to maintain his recent good form ahead of Lochore’s Billy Bonnar and Scottish Champion Alexander. Heat Two saw Bonnar go one better as he took another win with Dunblane’s Gill Anderson in second and Wilson in third. Anderson has looked quick since debuting his new Citroen Saxo several weeks ago and he would go on to underline that in fine style as he took victory in a meeting final that highlighted all that is good in hot rod racing with the drivers putting on an exhibition of fast, non-contact racing. Anderson took the win ahead of Wilson who enjoyed an excellent set of results and British Champion Kenny Purdie.

The ProStocks were back in action once again and another decent number of cars arrived to do battle as the formula enjoys a slight upturn towards the end of the season. Kirkcaldy’s Ian Christie took a fine win in heat one in his Ford Fiesta ahead of Cowdenbeath’s Paul Barron and Edinburgh’s Dougie Kidd. Having watched daughter Rachel take a win in the Ninja Karts, father Dougie went one better than he did in heat one to claim the win in heat two ahead of recent Ministox graduate John Crawford and Scott Wilson in a race that saw Graham Watt and Paul Barron come together in no uncertain terms with Barron’s car looking decidedly second hand after the race! The feature final was another action packed race and it was Kidd who came through once again to take a heat and final winning double for the evening. Christie claimed another second place while Wilson came home in third to complete a great night of ProStocks racing.

The final formula on show were the open-wheeled Superstox; the formula has enjoyed an excellent season in Scotland and yet another healthy number of cars arrived to do battle. Tony Lattka has shown signs of getting back to his best in the last few meetings and he underlined this as he took an excellent win in heat one ahead of Barry Stephen and Chris Miller. Miller has also been in good form of late and took another win in heat two as he managed to stay ahead of 2016 rookie Jordan Black and Steven Ballantine to take the victory. The feature final was yet another fantastic race and 2015 National Points Champion Barry Stephen will be hoping that his miserable 2016 season plagued by engine issues is now firmly behind him having taken the chequered flag in the final ahead of two very on-form drivers in the shape of previous final winner David Frame and heat one winner Lattka.

The next slice of stock car action at HRP Lochgelly Raceway comes this Saturday October 15th and features one of the biggest domestic races of the season as the 2016 1300 Stock Car Scottish Championship takes place. Can Callum Barclay defend the title he won in 2015? Barclay will have plenty of competition as the likes of Lochgelly’s Andrew and Euan Mathieson, Boab and Peter Low from Forfar plus the likes of Kev Baird, Craig Haxton, Jock Whyte and first time race winner James Ellis will all fancy their chances – it should be a great night of action this Saturday October 15th from 6pm.


HRP October Speed Weekend - A Report
Added Monday 3rd October 2016
After a brief shower threatened to literally put a dampener on things; the weather cleared as drivers, teams and fans gathered in huge numbers for the final HRP Speed Weekend of 2016 at HRP Lochgelly Raceway. The highlights of the weekend were the Stock Rods Best in Britain Championship and the 2016 National Micro Banger World Cup.

A colossal entry of Micro Bangers saw approximately 120 cars arrive to do battle with drivers and Banger teams from all over the UK represented. With some of the drivers secure in the knowledge that they had already qualified for the main event; the first two races of the weekend for the Micro Bangers would determine the final sixteen drivers that would join them. The first race fielded around thirty cars and it was one of England’s top Banger stars who came through to take the win as Jack Reynolds claimed victory in his maiden race at HRP Lochgelly Raceway. The second last-chance race saw a familiar face in an unfamiliar car as former Superstox World Champion Colin Aylward secured his place in the big race as he took the win. The World Cup race was up next and featured over sixty cars and these would be started in three-abreast formation. The grid made for a spectacular sight around the tight confines of HRP Lochgelly Raceway and the expected chaos ensued as soon as the green flag fell with cars going in all directions!!! It must have been a nightmare for the lap-scorers to keep up with the action as the drivers got well and truly stuck in with the local Coalpower Team getting well and truly stuck in. Following stoppages to rescue stricken drivers, the race settled into a pattern and it was the highly experienced Steve ‘Cecil’Anscombe who used all of his craft to get to the front of the pack in time to claim the chequered flag and add the 2016 Micro Banger World Cup to his incredible racing CV. Fellow Englishmen Dougie George and Terry Boxell took the other podium positions with George making the long trip from Monte Carlo of all places very worthwhile – a fantastic effort!!! With time marching on, a format change saw one all-comers race scheduled to enable all drivers to have one more chance to race on day one of the weekend and a colossal entry of around EIGHTY cars were on track for the three-abreast start. In a similar pattern to the World Cup race, Anscombe survived the early chaos to get into a lead that he would not relinquish as he held on to take his second win of the night.

The second day of the weekend saw unseasonably warm and sunny weather greet the sixty-plus drivers who had managed to keep their cars in racing condition from the night before who gathered to contest the 2016 Micro Banger Open Scottish Championship. The championship race was first up for the Banger brigade and the cars took to the track in the sunshine with some huge hits going in from the drop of the green flag! Having lost his World Cup crown the previous evening; Speedway star Ed Kennett took some consolation as he survived numerous challenges as he took the spoils to claim the title of Open Scottish Champion for 2016 ahead of BriSCA F2 British and European Champion Chris Burgoyne and Pete Osborne. Kennett doubled up in the first all-comers race as he claimed another excellent win while fellow Englishman Kris Bratherton took the win in the other all-comers race before a spectacular Demolition Derby rounded off a great weekend of Micro Banger action with Reece Moran being the final car to survive.

The Stock Rods have had a season of ups and downs in Scotland this year but have been in great form of late with increasing car numbers with more on their way and a phenomenal 37 cars gathered to do battle for the final major title of 2016 as the Best in Britain Championship would be decided this past weekend at HRP Lochgelly Raceway. The entry featured most of the top names in Stock Rod racing with Northern Ireland’s entry headed by British Champion Bobbie Johnston and European Champion Derek McMillan while English Champion Dean O’Dell, National Champion John Smith and former multi-champion Stuart Smyth were among the huge English entry that had arrived to challenge the local drivers with many of the local fans pinning most of their hopes on National Points Champion Siobhan Martin, Scottish Champion Chris Lattka and an on-form Jonathan Lattka. With so many cars in the pits; the field was split into three groups with each driver racing twice in three qualifying heats that would determine the Best in Britain starting grid. The first of these was won by young English superstar Jack Grandon ahead of O’Dell and McMillan. Former multi-champion Gary Butler claimed the win in heat two for Northern Ireland ahead of England’s John Smith and Scotland’s John Venters while the third heat saw another English victory in the shape of Eric Walker from Smyth and Lanarkshire’s John McAllister. Jonathan Lattka’s consistency saw him claim pole position for the big race ahead of McAllister with Grandon and Scottish National Points Champion Siobhan Martin making up the second row. As the green flag dropped, Lattka surged into the lead as a brilliant race ensued behind him with the drivers putting on an exhibition of non-contact racing with no quarter asked and none given. As the 25 laps wound down, Lattka maintained a reasonable lead to take the chequered flag and secure the title of Best in Britain 2016 ahead of McAllister and Martin in a Scottish 1,2,3.

Sunday saw the Stock Rods competing for their Open Scottish Championship and heat wins went to Northern Irish driver Shane McMillan, England’s Stuart Smyth and newly-crowned Best in Britain winner Jonathan Lattka. English Champion Dean O’Dell saw his second and fifth place finishes secure pole position and he would not give up that lead as he secured the Open Scottish title at a venue that has been very good to him over the years. Smyth claimed one of his best ever results in Scotland with an excellent second place while McAllister rounded off an excellent weekend of results for himself with a fine third to conclude an incredible weekend of the very best of stock rod racing.

The 1300 Stock cars were on hand over the two days and their biggest race of the weekend was actually the very first of the Saturday evening as they contested the Bill Auld Fabrications Trophy Final. The local ranks were swelled by the return of some drivers including Fife trio Dean, Lee and Ryan McGill while English trio Fred Walker, Tommy Aylward and multi-champion Adam O’Dell also arrived to join the fray. The cars were lined up in points order having completed several qualifying rounds and it didn’t take long for the bumpers to get used as the drivers gave it everything in their quest for the big prize money on offer. O’Dell used all of his experience and pedigree around the HRP tarmac to come through the chaos to secure the win ahead of Craig Haxton and Tommy Aylward with Scottish Champion Callum Barclay in fourth as he prepares for the defence of that title on the 15th of October. East Wemyss’ Dean McGill took his borrowed car to victory lane in heat one of the evening while the second and final heat of the night saw O’Dell return to victory lane at a track that has been very good to him over the last few years. Sunday saw the 1300s back in domestic action with most of the same drivers from night before still on track plus the debut of East Calder rookie James Ellis who had purchased the ex-Lee Buchan car. It was the stuff of dreams for Ellis in heat one as he managed to keep his head to scorch away to an excellent win ahead of Lee and Dean McGill. Ellis looked quick again in heat two but a tyre issue meant he had to settle for second as fellow West Lothian driver Derek Slater maintained his recent form with a fine win. The feature final saw Ellis and Slater make most of the running as the McGills and Mathiesons got involved with each other as they had done throughout the day and it was Ellis who completed a dream debut by taking the feature final win ahead of Ryan McGill and Slater.

The Superstox were also in action and the track conditions were perfect for some fast open-wheel action. David Frame continued his recent purple patch in heat one as he took yet another win ahead of the Scottish Champion Bryan Forrest who had returned from holiday only hours before the event. David’s brother Colin made another welcome appearance this past Sunday and was rewarded with an excellent win in heat two ahead of an on-form Chris Miller. The feature final was yet another fast race with the bumpers used to full effect and it was David Frame who came through the field to claim a heat and final winning double ahead of Forrest and Miller to conclude another good day of Superstox action.
The Superstox top the bill this coming Saturday at HRP Lochgelly Raceway on October 8th with the 2.0 Hot Rods, ProStocks and Ninja Karts completing the four formula line-up with the action getting underway at 6pm.

HRP Lochgelly Raceway September 24th - A Report
Added Monday 26th September 2016
A pleasant autumnal afternoon gave way to a chilly but dry evening as HRP Lochgelly Raceway opened its doors to drivers, teams and fans for the latest slice of Saturday night stock car action presented by Hardie Race Promotions. Championship Fever has given an extra edge to every meeting throughout the last few weeks and it was the turn of the 2.0 Hot Rods to take centre stage.

The 2.0 Hot Rods arrived to contest their Scottish Championship and, with defending champion Kerr Paterson sadly still absent from the raceway, a new champion would be crowned with several drivers in the mix for the title. Dunfermline’s Gerry Hendry certainly started the meeting as one of the championship favourites and he underlined that status as he took a fine victory in heat one ahead of Lochore’s Billy Bonnar and British Champion Kenny Purdie. The second heat saw the starting positions reversed from heat one but race winner Hendry had trouble before the green flag as his clutch cable had snapped meaning that he would start at a disadvantage behind the rest of the title contenders. Bonnyrigg’s Gordon Alexander is no stranger to championship victories and claimed pole position with a great drive heat two after a long battle with Gill Anderson which saw Alexander eventually overhaul Anderson who held on for second place ahead of Purdie. Hendry had managed to get back up into fifth and this gave him a front row start on the outside of Alexander. As the green flag dropped, Alexander surged into the lead with Hendry managing to get to the inside line ahead of Billy Bonnar. Bonnar pressured Hendry incessantly but the young Fife driver held firm despite the hard-charging Bonnar for the majority of the race but had to give way in the latter stages as Bonnar’s car seemed to get quicker and quicker, Bonnar set off in pursuit of Alexander but, unfortunately for him, he ran out of laps and it was Alexander who crossed the line first to take the title of 2016 2.0 hot Rod Scottish Champion ahead of Billy Bonnar and Gerry Hendry.

The Ninja Karts were back in town and a large number of entries at this stage of the season was a welcome sight. Included in this entry was rookie Robbie Conner who was taking part in his first ever meeting plus English visitor Toby Tyson. The traditional whites and yellows race got things underway and saw Logan Tweedie claim the win in what was his final meeting at Lochgelly before graduating to the new Junior Production class for 2017 - Tweedie was followed across the line by Leona Anderson and Kaydan Day. The first heat proper saw a hard-earned win for the ever-smiling Rachael Kidd who took an excellent win ahead of Tweedie and Josh Bruce. Heat Two was another fast-paced race and that suited European and National Champion Declan Honeyman perfectly as he charged from the rear of the grid to take an excellent win ahead of Robbie Armit and Scott Allardyce. Heat Three was another excellent race as the youngsters drove with skill and talent that belies their tender ages!!! The race was won by an on-form Robbie Armit from two other form men in the shape of Scott Allardyce and Ethan Doull as the chase for the points championship heats up in the UK’s premier Junior Formula.

A good turnout of ProStocks arrived to do battle at HRP Lochgelly Raceway including Tam Melrose who successfully defended his Scottish title one week earlier. Heat One saw Melrose underline his status as the number one ProStock driver in Scotland with a faultless win in heat one after chasing long-time leader Graham Watt down and knocking him wide in the later stages of the race. Heat two was another master-class from Melrose as he scythed his way through the pack to take a heat-winning double. The question on the lips of most people in the stadium come the feature final was, could Melrose claim another hat-trick? Graham Watt made the early running again in this race but he had no answer at all for Melrose who drove the perfect race to claim that race-winning hat-trick ahead of Dougie Kidd and Ian Christie on an entertaining night of ProStocks racing.

The Superstox were the final formula on show and it was a relatively low number of cars that arrived to do battle after recent excesses. An all-too rare appearance by former Scottish Champion Colin Frame gave a glimpse of his pace as he scorched away to victory in heat one ahead of Steven Ballantine and the returning Chris Cuthbert who was back after a season plagued by engine issues in a race punctuated by a big incident that removed almost half of the field in the space of a few seconds as charity racer Steven Michie caused a chain reaction that eliminated several of the top contenders. Colin’s brother David is no stranger to victory lane at HRP Lochgelly Raceway and he took another win in heat two after he sliced his way through the field to take the win ahead of Kenny McKenzie and Mark Brady. The feature final was a fast-paced race where no quarter was asked for an none given as the drivers fought for every position. It was young Mark Brady who kept his nerve and managed to get to the front of the pack and stay there with a faultless drive to take the feature final ahead of Tony Lattka and Steven Ballantine to round off an entertaining evening of action.

Championship Fever at HRP Lochgelly Raceway reaches its climax this weekend over two days of racing as HRP host the 2016 Micro Banger World Cup with over 150 entrants currently booked in!!! The Stock Rods co-headline the weekend with their Best in Britain title up for grabs and a huge field of around forty of the best Stock Rod pilots in the UK set to descend on HRP Lochgelly Raceway. The 1300 Stock Cars will also be in action with the Bill Auld Fabrications Trophy on the line. Racing gets underway this Saturday at 5pm and at 1pm this Sunday at HRP Lochgelly Raceway.


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