Saturday 16th July, Start Time: 18:00; Superstox (Thomas Michie Memorial Trophy) 1300 Stock Cars National Hot Rods WQR Ministox Ninja Karts.
HRP Lochgelly Raceway June 24th & 26th - A Report
Added Tuesday 28th June 2016
The first half of the 2016 stock car season concluded at HRP Lochgelly Raceway with two fantastic events this past Friday and Sunday.

Friday saw early weekend visitors treated to a 12 race domestic event with plenty of entertainment on offer for all of the family. The Ninja Karts were first on track for their whites and yellows race and it was Lanarkshire’s Logan Tweedie who claimed his first win ahead of Saline’s Jay Paterson and Evie Black from Midlothian. Peterhead’s Josh Bruce took a well-deserved victory in the first heat of the evening ahead of Polmont’s Lennon Grant and the on-form Paterson. Paterson underlined his recent form with an amazing win in heat two by just three one thousandths of a second from British Champion Charlie Hardie and West Lothian’s Robbie Armit. Bruce claimed a race-winning double as he took victory in the last race of the evening ahead of the high-flying Hardie and Armit.

The Ministox have been in excellent form at HRP Lochgelly Raceway in 2016 and this continued this past Friday. There was the welcome sight of Tom Gresinger from the Midlands on the grid with seconds to spare as traffic had delayed his arrival and he took a good fourth place but it was Dumfriesshire’s Euan Millar who took the win ahead of arch-rival Steven Burgoyne and a fast moving Sean Naismith. Gresinger put all the traffic issues behind him and the rest of the field as he claimed his maiden win in heat two. The feature final was another fast-paced race with Burgoyne eventually coming out on top ahead of Naismith and Gresinger to round off a great evening for the Junior drivers.

The CC Rods were back in action with another excellent field of cars and it was Methil’s Ian Walle who added to his race wins for 2016 with victory in heat one ahead of Craig Watson and David McFarlane. Lanarkshire’s Ian Donaldson Jnr took the win in heat two as he beat Paul Muir and Walle to the line but Donaldson had to settle for fourth in the feature final as fellow Lanarkshire pilot Kevin Connor claimed another win for the year ahead of Walle and Jamie Brown. The CC Rods have been highly entertaining this year and now have a few weeks to rest and recuperate before their Scottish Championship on July 23rd.

The final formula on show were the 1300 Stock Cars for the first of two meetings in three days. Despite the British Championship being only eight days away; the drivers got well and truly stuck in from the first green flag with National Points Champion Zak Gilmour dispatching Kevin Morrison in no uncertain terms in the first heat which was won by Kyle Hegg in the borrow HRD car of Lee Buchan. Somehow, Morrison and his team managed to get the car back to some sort of running order for heat two but, despite several; attempts, he was unable to exact revenge on Gilmour while nobody had an answer for Hegg who took a heat-winning double. The feature final saw the big hits continue with Gilmour eliminating Jason Secker with a big hit in turns three and four and all this happened as Kyle Hegg continued on his merry way to claim a faultless hat-trick with Dean McGill and Marc Hughes rounding out the top three.

Sunday saw a beautiful sunny afternoon greet a huge crowd of spectators for one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year as the mighty BriSCA F1 Stock Cars returned to HRP Lochgelly Raceway after a 2-year absence. These incredible machines have huge V8 engines and make for a spectacular sight around the tight confines of HRP’s circuit. They were joined on the day by the National Ministox which are very different to the Ministox usually seen in Scotland with purpose-built chassis, bigger engines and a central driving position that sees them race in the opposite direction from the more regularly seen formula. The 1300 Stock Cars were back on duty while the fourth formula on show as the highly-entertaining and exceptionally well-organised Stoxkart formula.

The Stoxkarts got the event underway under sunny skies with three back to back heats which were won by Timothy Faultless and Danny Nunn (x2). The feature final was run as part of the main meeting and gave the large crowd on hand a great spectacle despite the now torrential rain with the race being won by Kelvin Limb ahead of Ryan Jones and Thomas Gray.

The 1300 Stock Cars were back on hand this past Sunday and a good grid of cars arrived to do battle with Stirling’s Jason Secker taking another win in a fine 2016 season so far. The second heat was punctuated by some incredible action which some may argue went over the top at time. Craig Haxton was the main victim as a huge hit from kevin Morrison saw Haxton needing medical attention while David Auld and Peter Low also went in for some big lunges as the race ended up with only seven finishers - Morrison was loaded for the day as a result of his actions with HRP due to discuss the incident this week The feature final saw another win for Secker ahead of fast-moving Fife duo Kevin Baird and Paul Beaton.

The National Ministox were back in Scotland with the BriSCA F1 Stock Cars and were thoroughly entertaining throughout the weekend. Tyrone Evans claimed the first win at HRP Lochgelly Raceway on Sunday with Ben Chalkley and Liam Gilbank claiming the other heats. The Northern Championship was the final race for the youngsters and saw controversy at the end of the race as three of the top five cars were disqualified for rule infringements relating to ride height. This left National and Points Champion Courtney Witts as the Northern Champion with Chloe Serpell and Gillen Bullock filling the other podium spots.

Many were at HRP Lochgelly Raceway for one reason – the return of the BriSCA Formula One Stock Cars – these V8 monsters were able to complete their heats in the sunshine displaying amazing driving skills as well as clinical bumper-work. Yorkshire’s Paul Harrison, a former World Champion, took the first win with a controlled drive from the star grade to best Norfolk’s Matt Newson and Lancashire’s Stuart Smith at the line. The second heat saw Carluke’s Stuart Shevill jr make a good start but mechanical gremlins saw him pull off to the infield which gave Michael Steward a lead which he held on to all the way to the chequered flag to take the win ahead of Ben Riley and British Champion Frankie Wainman Jr. Heat three saw an excellent drive from Will Hunter as he headed the star grade drivers home in the closing stages after Shevill was caught in the latter stages of the race. Hunter took the win ahead of Wainman and Shevill who held on for an excellent third place. The feature final was a frantic race ran in monsoon conditions with the bumpers flying in all directions. Eventually European Champion Tom Harris made it to the head of the field and held on to the lead all the way to the chequered flag. Unfortunately, Harris failed post-race scrutineering which handed victory to mick Sworder ahead of Bradley Harrison who beat his dad Paul to the line in a fantastic race from the F1s. Their final race was the traditional Grand National racer which saw Sworder start from a lap handicap. Despite this he managed to battle his way to tenth by the end of the race which was won by Luke Davidson in his stunning machine to conclude a fantastic day and incredible weekend of stock car racing.

HRP Lochgelly Raceway now closes its doors for the summer break with the next slice of stock car action coming to the well-appointed venue on July 16th with the Superstox, 1300 Stock Cars, Ministox, Ninja Karts plus the National Hot Rods in their first world championship qualifier of the 2016/2017 campaign.

Ipswich Spedeweekend - Superstox
Added Tuesday 14th June 2016
Superstox National Championship at Ipswich Spedeweekend

The Superstox will be contesting their National Championship at the Ipswich Spedeweekend on July 2nd and 3rd and will also compete for the Eaton family Trophy that same weekend. So far the following drivers have registered an interest in racing at this event:

53 David Frame
265 Barry Stephen
562 Chris Hay
611 Adam Low
657 Tony Lattka
958 Paul Dunn

Drivers have until MIDDAY WEDNESDAY to add their names to this list!!!

Ipswich Spedewekend - 1300 Stock Cars
Added Tuesday 14th June 2016
1300 Stock Cars British Championship at Ipswich Spedeweekend

The 1300 Stock Cars will be contesting their British Championship at Ipswich Spedeweekend during the weekend of July 2nd and 3rd; so far the following drivers have registered an interest in racing at this event:

31 Boab Low
67 Craig Haxton
93 Kevin Morrison
99 Callum Barclay
122 Zak Gilmour
124 Andrew Mathieson
125 Euan Mathieson
126 Stevie Gold
263 Dean McGill
330 Paul Beaton
363 Lee McGill
463 Ryan McGill
529 Jason Secker
631 Peter Low

Drivers have until MIDDAY WEDNESDAY to add their name to this list!!!

HRP June Speed Weekend - A Report
Added Monday 13th June 2016
Fair weather and great racing have become the hallmarks of Speed Weekends at HRP Lochgelly Raceway over the last few years but, sadly, this past weekend saw mother nature do her best to spoil things as persistent rain throughout a packed weekend of racing. A unique blend of formulas was on view as Hardie race Promotions continue to deliver international level events to the people of Fife and Scotland.

The 1300 Stock Cars are almost always called into action when it comes to HRP Speed Weekends and this time saw the formula as co-headliners of the event as they arrived in big numbers to contest their European Championship. The 1300 Stock Car action during the weekend was sponsored by the Purdie family in memory of Joan Purdie and in support of St Andrews Hospice in Airdrie. The first race of the weekend for the bumper brigade would be their European Championship and a grid of almost forty cars lined up to do battle with one of the pre-race favourites Jason Secker having drawn pole position. As the race got underway, Secker managed to keep his rear bumper out of touching distance of the chasing pack as the race began to settle down following the initial skirmishes. Having made good starts; the likes of Ryan McGill, Dean McGill, Callum Barclay and Ian Beaumont had all put themselves into contention as the gap closed on the leader. The race was brought to a halt for a stricken car and the home fans would have been optimistic of a Scottish win as they filled the majority of the top places but none of the locals had an answer for Essex pilot Ian Beaumont who pulled away from the rest of the field to take a fantastic win ahead of Kirkcaldy’s Ryan McGill and Jimmy Morris from London. The remaining two heats on the Saturday saw some heavy action as the drivers settled their scores but Lanarkshire’s Eddie Corr wasn’t complaining as he took victory in heat one while Ryan McGill would take some consolation for his runners up spot in the championship race by winning the second heat.

The 2.0 Hot Rods were also in major championship action as they would be competing for their British Championship sponsored by David Philp Commercials. A strong field from all over the UK arrived to do battle over two heats to determine their starting positions for the championship. Regular visitor Chris Crane took the win in heat one in greasy conditions as he held off former double World Champion Wayne Woolsey and ex-European Champion Dan Smith for victory. Heat Two saw another English victory as current English Champion George Turricki took the win ahead of European Champion Kenny Purdie, Robbie Burgoyne and, most significantly, Chris Crane who would be starting the British Championship on pole thanks to two tremendous heat results. With Crane on Pole and European Champion Purdie on the outside of row one, the rain got heavier as the race approached with many on the terraces now considering Purdie to be the favourite due to his outside line start which many see as the place to be in a wet race at HRP Lochgelly Raceway. Those who had predicted this were proven to be correct as Purdie powered away from Crane on the back straight after the green flag had dropped to surge into the lead. Crane struggled to get the power down on the slick inside line but eventually he settled into third place behind Turricki as Purdie continued to reel off the 35 laps. Eventually, Crane managed to overhaul Turricki as the track began to dry out ever so slightly but the gap to Purdie was too big and, with a vociferous crowd urging him home, Lanarkshire’s Purdie crossed the line first to add the British Championship to his European title amid emotional scenes on the start/finish line with Crane holding on for second and Turricki for a fine third.

The NASCAR-style MASCARs and Junior JASCARs made their annual Scottish appearance at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this past weekend as both competed for their respective Scottish Championships. The JASCAR formula for 8-16 year olds contested five heat which were taken by Todd Garner, James Wallis and Toni Rogers (3 wins). The Scottish Championship was held in tricky conditions and several drivers spun out leaving the field of three cars competing for each of the podium places with Olly Turner claiming the Scottish Championship ahead of Rogers and Mollie Moss. The MASCARs brought a healthy grid of around fifteen cars to Scotland with lone Scot Alex Sharp grateful for the relatively short trip to enjoy his racing for once! Ali Topley took the first heat win on Saturday night ahead of defending Scottish Champion Karl Baker with Russ Best taking the win in heat two with Branson Poyner in second and Baker third. Lady racer Juli Stanford utilized her racing experience to fend off Baker for victory in heat three to conclude the Saturday night action for MASCARs. Sunday was considerably wetter than Saturday and, sadly, these conditions are not the best for MASCARs but Olly Faller took full advantage as he claimed victory in the two remaining heats before adding the Scottish Championship title too as he headed outgoing champion Baker and Dan Ashton at the conclusion of the 20 lap race.

History was also made at HRP Lochgelly Raceway as the Rebel Racers finally made their first-ever Scottish appearance after twenty-two years of successful racing in England – this also coincided as the formula’s 650th meeting. A huge field of almost forty cars underlined the strength of this fantastic formula as the drivers gathered to do battle and it was a terrible shame that the conditions prevented the drivers from displaying their full potential. Ipswich driver Jay Austin claimed the honour of the first ever Scottish win with an impressive victory in heat one while National Points leader Tom Dayman took the win in heat two. British Champion Ian Chalkley posted his first win of the weekend in heat three before a fantastic feature final saw. Rob Jones take his first ever feature win ahead of Dayman and former BriSCA F1 star Josh Smith. With Sunday being even wetter than the previous day, the Rebels would be denied the chance of displaying their craft on a dry track but provided some cracking racing despite the conditions. Josh Smith took the first win of the day before Jay Austin added victory in heat two to his heat win the previous day. Rob Jones had shown his liking for the tricky track by taking Saturday’s feature final and he further emphasized this by taking heat three ahead of Chalkley. The feature final on the Sunday was for the inaugural rebels Scottish Championship and a great grid of cars lined up under grey skies and heavy rain as each driver had their eye on their own piece of history. Jones survived the early attentions of Dayman who would end up going down the field while Chalkley headed the challenging pack. Jones was not to be denied however as he stormed to a feature final double for the weekend and the title of 2016 Rebels Scottish Champion.

The 2.0 Hot Rods were also back in action this past Sunday and the field was supplemented by the additions of Iain Bruce, Paul Carruthers and English visitor Mark Lammas. The Hot Rods would be contesting their Open Scottish Championship with two heats utilized to determine each drivers’ starting position for the big race. Falkirk’s Robbie Burgoyne took the win in heat one ahead of Lochore’s Billy Bonnar and Welshman Ryan Morgan as Burgoyne underlined his liking for the wet conditions while Stephen Emerson claimed victory for Northern Ireland in heat Two ahead of England’s Gavin Botfield and Bonnyrigg pilot Gordon Alexander. The David Philp Open Scottish Commercials 2.0 Hot Rod Open Scottish Championship would see Gordon Alexander start on pole position and he immediately headed into the lead as the field took the green flag. As the race settled down, Bonnar was making inroads on Alexander’s lead and the two rivals diced their way around the tight HRP Lochgelly Raceway circuit with Alexander almost sideways at one point before Bonnar spinning out only moments later. As the cars crossed the line, Alexander was first with Morgan and Jock Campbell rounding out the top three. However, officials deemed that Alexander had been involved in the incident that saw Bonnar spinning and therefore docked him two places handing the win to Ryan Morgan ahead of Campbell and Alexander.

The 1300 Stock Cars were back in action on the Sunday with another good field of cars. Their first race was for the Open Scottish Championship (In Support of St Andrews Hospice) and the grid was formed by random draw. It was outgoing European Champion Adam O’Dell who underlined his liking for HRP Lochgelly Raceway as he took yet another win at the Fife circuit ahead of East Anglian visitor Dan Weavers and Kirkintilloch’s Zak Gilmour who finally seems to have his new for 2016 Tigra B car going as well as he would have hoped. The remaining two hearts saw victories for Fife driver Lee McGill as he managed to beat cousin Ryan into second place in both races! The second heat was perhaps the sweeter of the wins as this was also the latest round of the Bill Auld Fabrications Series which saw Lee claim an extra £100 in prize money courtesy of the sponsors.

All in all, the weather did its best to dampen the spirits and clothing of everyone at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this past weekend, however, there was some fantastic racing action over the weekend with many first time visitors leaving with nothing but good memories of their visit and stating that they will return soon.

There is no racing at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this weekend due to the British Drift Championship being held at Driftland. The next slice of stock car action at HRP Lochgelly Raceway comes on Friday June 24th from 6:30pm featuring 1300 Stock Cars, Ministox, CC Rods and Ninja Karts. This is the first of a weekend double header as the mighty BriSCA Formula One Stock Cars return to HRP Lochgelly Raceway on Sunday June 26th from 1pm for what should be a spectacular way to round off the first half of the season!


HRP Lochgelly Raceway June 4th - A Report
Added Monday 6th June 2016
A beautifully sunny early summer’s 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.

As is always the case when they are scheduled to appear; the Ninja Karts were the first formula to take to the track in competitive action last Saturday and it was their traditional whites and yellows race which got things underway. It was great to see several new drivers taking their first tentative steps in their racing careers and all of these youngsters can be proud of the way they race and conduct themselves. Saline’s Jay Paterson took full advantage of his downgrading to yellow after a run of bad luck to take victory in the whites and yellows race ahead of debutant Logan Tweedie and a fast-moving Jase Walle. The first heat proper saw the blue and red graded drivers make their first appearance of the evening and this also gave fans the first opportunity to see the newly-crowned British Champion Charlie Hardie in action – complete with freshly painted roof wing. Hardie was moving quickly but spun out around halfway through the race but still managed to come home in eighth place, however, nobody had an answer for Paterson who took his second win of the night ahead of West Lothian duo Robbie Armit and Ethan Doull. The second heat saw Hardie make no mistakes as he stormed to what has become his customary win as he beat European Champion Declan Honeyman and Armit to victory lane. The final heat of the evening was another fast-paced race with the top drivers coming to the fore as European Champion Honeyman and British Champion Hardie battled their way to the front scything through the field as they went. As the chequered flag dropped it was Honeyman who was ahead of Hardie to claim his first win of the night in only his second race as a late arrival had meant he missed out on competing in heat one! Hardie came home in second with Scott Allardyce underlining his recent upturn in form with a fine third place to round off yet another great evening of Ninja Kart racing.

The second formula on show was something a little different and possibly a first for Scottish stock car racing as Banger Chained Pairs made their HRP Lochgelly Raceway debut. Sadly, several drivers called off at the last minute but there were ample cars to produce plenty of action – but not many laps!!! Drivers would have their car chained to that of their partner’s side by side and they would have to work together to beat the opposition. The drivers got stuck in from the very outset and produced some thrills and spills for the crowd before Halbeath’s William Stawiarski and Jack Moore claimed the win to the applause of the large crowd in attendance. With a few cars now suffering terminal issues, the decision was taken to run the rest of the meeting as normal Bangers which saw every man for themselves! Again, this race did not last long as it was more like a demolition derby with Stawiarski managing to take the win as he was the only car left running. The night was rounded off by a scheduled Demolition Derby which saw some spectacular hits before Dennis Dubickas claimed victory as the last man standing – great stuff and the chained pairs experiment may well be tried again!

The ProStocks were back after several weeks’ absence but this did not appear to help in terms of car numbers with several regulars missing from a formula which is already struggling for numbers in Scotland. So far, the 2016 season has been dominated by current National Points and Scottish Champion Tam Melrose and Ricky White – these two have taken the vast majority of wins so far this year and are embroiled in their own dual for the points title. It was Thornton’s White who drew first blood on Saturday night as he claimed victory in heat one with Dalkeith’s Melrose coming home in second ahead of Lochgelly’s own Grady Ross. The second heat was a mirror image of the first as the same three drivers filled the same three finishing positions. The meeting final was another fast race and, with so few cars on track, it wasn’t long before White and Melrose resumed their battle at the head of the field with White managing to stay ahead of Melrose to take a faultless hat-trick of wins. White may consider himself very lucky to have held on as his exhaust had fallen off in the closing stages of the race!

The CC Rods made a welcome return to HRP Lochgelly Raceway this past Saturday night following a few weeks’ absence and they put on their usual good display of action. Going into the meeting Methil’s Ian Walle and Lanarkshire’s Ian Donaldson were locked together at the top of the national points chart with Stirling’s Paul Muir just five points in arrears. The first heat saw Walle take the win ahead of Muir but Donaldson’s night came to an end as he parked up with mechanical issues which could not be fixed that evening. The second heat saw another Fife victor as Kirkcaldy’s Kevin Hutchison took a fine win ahead of Walle and fellow Kirkcaldy pilot Brandon Gourlay. The final was one of those races where the drivers were giving it their all with some great action. No quarter was asked for and none taken as the drivers fought out the battle for supremacy but it was Midlothian’s David McFarlane who managed to stay ahead of a fast-charging Ian Walle to take an excellent win with Muir coming home in third to maintain his challenge for the points championship.

The Superstox were the fifth and final formula on show and the question being asked by many in the pits was how could they top the action at their last outing?! Well, they certainly tried as the drivers got stuck in from the word go. Most notable among the hard hits being dished out in heat one was a spectacular lunge from Scottish Champion Stuart Gilchrist as he dived at the rear bumper of David Frame going into turn three; a move which saw both drivers’ challenge end for that particular race as they were disabled against the fence for the remaining laps. Carronshore’s Tony Lattka has shown some good form of late and underlined that upturn in form with victory as he stayed ahead of Aaron Riddell and Bryan Forrest. The second heat saw more great bumper-work as the drivers flew around the dry track and it was great to see recent Ministox graduate Lewis Willacy take what may well be his first victory in the formula home to Peebleshire as beat Steven Ballantine and a fast-moving Stuart Gilchrist to the flag. The feature final was another one of those races where it was impossible to keep up with all of the action but, once the early lap sort-out was complete, the top two from heat two were well clear of the field as Willacy and Ballantine took advantage of their yellow-grade starting positions. With an extra five laps to run in the final, this played into Gilchrist’s hands as he coolly narrowed the gap on the leading duo in the closing stages to overtake both drivers to claim his first win of the night ahead of heat one winner Lattka who had also managed to get ahead of third-placed Ballantine with David Frame and young Willacy rounding out the top five on another great night of Superstox action.

This weekend sees HRP Lochgelly Raceway host one of the biggest racing weekends of the year as the David Philp Commercials 2.0 Hot Rod British Championship will see the cream of Britain’s non-contact racers in attendance while the 1300 Stock car European Championship will also be defended by Adam O’Dell against a large field of drivers from all corners of the short oval world. Add in the NASCAR-styled MASCARs and Junior JASCARs racing for their Scottish Championships plus the long-overdue Scottish debut of the fantastic Rebel Racers and it is a busy weekend of racing not to be missed at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this Saturday June 11th from 4:30pm and Sunday June 12th from 12:30pm.

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