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HRP Feb 26th - A Report
Added Monday 27th February 2017

What can only be described as a dreich day greeted drivers, teams and fans as they gathered at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this past Sunday for the first stock car meeting of the 2017 Season. Over fifty cars had practiced at the track in moderate conditions the day before but the large crowd and racing teams were met with chilly winds and persistent rain as HRP Lochgelly Raceway hosted the Joan Purdie Memorial Meeting which raised funds for St Andrews Hospice where Joan spent much of her final few months in her hard-fought battle against Cancer which she sadly lost last spring. Thoughts were also fresh in the mind of many at HRP Lochgelly Raceway for former ProStocks and Banger star Scott Ramsay who is currently battling Cancer himself and was in attendance this past weekend which was great to see.

Going back to the Saturday practice briefly; another huge turnout of over fifty cars arrived including the stunning Superstox of Scottish Champion Bryan Forrest and the equally gorgeous car of Ally Noble plus Alex Hamilton who is joining the formula in 2017 and Chris Buthbert. Cameron Willacy made it for the second week in succession in his Junior Production as did Amber Tyrell as they prepare for the formula’s debut this Saturday. Paul Ford brought his BriSCA F1 Stock Car for a shakedown prior to racing at Wimbledon this Sunday and also intimated his intention to do a handful of Superstox meetings in the upcoming season. Gary Dean didn’t have his troubles to seek on the way to the track as his bonnet came off on the way to practice but, after that mishap, his stunning Corsa C went very well (dented bonnet and all). The National Hot Rods of Steven Armit and Ian Donaldson looked absolutely stunning and it will be interesting to see how they fare this Saturday against World Champion Adam Maxwell, former World and National Champion Glenn Bell, National and British Champion Adam Hylands and David Kernohan in a strong showing from Northern Ireland for this Saturday’s Season Opener at HRP Lochgelly Raceway.

This past Sunday was a “fun” event (no points etc) to help raise funds for the aforementioned St Andrews Hospice and Scott Ramsay and four formulas were on show in the terrible conditions but all managed to put on a good show.

Fifty Micro Bangers arrived to do battle including two raffle winners with the funds going towards Scott Ramsay and family plus the likes of BriSCA F2 European and British Champion Chris Burgoyne, Saloon stars Graeme and Stuart Shevill plus several English visitors including former Lightning Rod racer Ben Newman as well as team Buckle from Northern Ireland. Racing under father Ernie’s number, Burgoyne took the win in the first race which started with forty-nine cars and finished with just seven cars still running after a highly entertaining and bruising race! Newman made the trip north worthwhile as he claimed victory in heat two in a race with only five finishers as the hard-hitting racing took its toll on some of the little cars. The Final Dash saw local man Darren Rae take the win ahead of Marc Dalgarno before the Demolition Derby saw a protracted battle won by Dylan Ward to round off a great outing for the little bangers!

The Ministox were the formula of the year last year in Scotland and another decent number arrived to do battle including debutant Jamie Stewart. The weather was certainly not conducive to great racing but the youngsters belied their tender years as they drove with skill and talent that impressed many on the terraces. The first heat was won by local racer Danny Whyte who claimed victory ahead of Kelty’s Ciaran Adams and William Wallace. Whyte repeated his exploits, showing his liking for the wet conditions, in heat two while Adams posted another excellent second place in his new for 2017 car with Terri Linden coming home in third. The feature final saw Whyte take a dominant hat-trick as he powered to victory ahead of Bryan Lindsay and Mitchell Gold.

The 1300 Stock Cars have a busy start to the season with away meetings beginning at Kings Lynn next week so it was not too surprising to see a moderate number for this non-points event. Ryan McGill, one of the stars of 2016, posted the first win of 2017 as he sped to victory ahead of Zak Gilmour and Craig Haxton – expect to see these three featuring prominently throughout the season. Gilmour claimed the win in heat two ahead of Jordan Cassie and McGill while Haxton took the feature final in fine style ahead of Cassie and McGill. An extra race was held for the formula where guest drivers including Graeme and Stuart Shevill, Chris Burgoyne, Brett Sneddon and Robert McDonald saw a highly entertaining race with McDonald claiming the win!

McDonald also had his National Hot Rod with him as the 2.0 Hot Rods, Classic and National Hot Rods took to the track together for only the second time in history. With the Scottish Series for the Classics debuting in 2017; it was great to see Brett Sneddon and Trev Forrester on track while Kenny Purdie’s recently-finished car was in the hands of the legendary racer Kenny Ireland. Ireland proved that 30 plus years out of the seat had not diminished his skills as he posted an excellent second to McDonald in heat one with William Hardie bringing his 2.0 car home in third. McDonald has won his fair share of races at HRP Lochgelly Raceway and went on to take the second heat and the final with Gordon Alexander and Hardie claiming the podium places in both races in their 2.0 cars.

A great effort from all drivers, teams and HRP staff to put on an entertaining meeting despite the weather which the fans deserve credit for braving to show their support to the Purdie family, St Andrews Hospice and Scott Ramsay – well done to all.

This Saturday March 4th sees the season get underway officially with the season opener at HRP Lochgelly Raceway at 5:45pm. A huge number of visiting Northern Irish drivers will be in attendance with interest in all five classes racing. World Champion Adam Maxwell, British and National Champion Adam Hylands plus Glenn Bell and David Kernohan headline the travelling contingent in the National Hot Rods while Northern Ireland will also be represented in the Superstox, 2.0 Hot Rods, ProStocks and the debut of the new for 2017 Junior Productions! It promises to be a great night at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this Saturday March 4th from 5:45pm.





Practice Session One - A Report
Added Monday 20th February 2017
A dry and spring-like day greeted drivers, teams and fans as they gathered at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this past Sunday for the first practice session of 2017.

Outside of the Autosports International Show at the Birmingham NEC in January, the first practice session represents the first chance for many fans to get up close with some of the new and refurbished race cars that have been tirelessly worked on during the cold winter months. It also represents the first chance for drivers and teams to test their cars ahead of the HRP Stock Car Season which gets underway on Saturday March 4th.

The pits more closely resembled a proper in-season event as they were virtually full with an incredible fifty-plus cars taking to the track. Most formulas were represented at what was possibly the busiest practice session this writer has ever seen.

With the ASD Welding Services 1300 Stock Car World Final scheduled for HRP Lochgelly Raceway on September 23rd and 24th; it was no surprise to see Lochgelly duo Andrew and Euan Mathieson appear in two stunning cars resplendent in the now traditional orange and blue colours and both cars look like they will be right in the mix throughout the season.

The David Philp Commercials 2.0 Hot Rod British Championship takes place at HRP Lochgelly Raceway on June 10th and 11th and it was great to see a number of cars at the track including the new Tigra of Dunfermline’s Gordon Hendry, the return of Kevin Stewart to the short ovals, Jock Campbell, the ex-Burgoyne car now in the hands of Andrew Denholm, Kelty’s Kinzie Law, Scottish Champion Gordon Alexander plus the return of promoter William Hardie to the formula in the ex-Bonnar Citroen Saxo. The 2.0 Hot Rods look very promising for the season ahead and they will make their competitive return on March 4th.

The Ministox also have their British Championship at HRP’s June Speed Weekend and it was great to see the brand new Ministox of Ciaran Adams at HRP Lochgelly Raceway – it truly is a stunning piece of engineering. James Mooney, Mitchell Gold, Danny Whyte and debutant Jamie Stewart also took the opportunity to get some laps under their belts and all acquitted themselves well and the future of short oval motorsport looks bright in the hands of these youngsters and their peers.

The Superstox are the third formula to have their British Championship at HRP Lochgelly Raceway in June (sponsored by Dechmont Forklift Trucks) and there was some truly astonishing cars on display this past Sunday. Steven Ballantine and Dino Bruce both debuted gorgeous new cars while the likes of Barry Stephen, Lewis Willacy and Chris Hay are sticking, for the moment, with their 2016 steeds. Former World Champion Stuart Gilchrist hadn’t been seen since breaking his wrist at the 2016 World Final but he arrived with a stunning new car and will be among those with their eyes on the top prizes in the formula in 2017.

The Ninja Karts also saw debuts for Abbie Carruthers who joins big brother Jay on track in 2017 plus Lewis Duffy also made his first appearance and Candice Smart who will join big sister Caitlyn on track. Add in the likes of Charlie Hardie, Robbie Armit and Lennon Grant and the Ninja Karts, who have their LJN Designs European Championship here in April, will once again provide great entertainment in 2017.

The Stock Rods also look healthy as the season comes closer with Ross Finlay and Daniel Davidson making their debuts in the formula while it was great to see Stuart Wedderburn return to HRP Lochgelly Raceway. Add in the likes of Siobhan Martin, Chris and Jonathan Lattka, Darren McAlpine, the returning David Philp plus numerous others and the formula looks in rude health as the Shotts Mot Centre/Soapy Bubbles Car Wash British Championship season at HRP gets underway. Stewart Paterson was unfortunate as engine troubles sidelined him but he will hope to be ready for the first meeting on March 11th while Alan Cuthbert enjoyed a long-hoped for trouble free run.

The CC Rods had an excellent year in 2016 and the formula looks to be picking up where it left off. David McFarlane brought a stunning Corsa C to practice while the refurbished car of Brandon Gourlay looked fantastic in its new colours. However, one of the main talking points was the absolutely incredible Corsa D of National Points and Scottish Champion Ian Donaldson Jr which was among the most eye-catching cars in the pits. Donaldson will face stiff competition this year from the likes of McFarlane and Gourlay plus the return of former multi-champion Johnny Bell who has been missed during his 12 month absence.

The ProStocks also look to be in improved health and both John Jackson and Paul Barron brought their Astras to the first practice session with Barron posting some very impressive times. One to watch for this October’s World Cup at HRP Lochgelly Raceway.

The second open practice session takes place this Saturday February 25th from 1pm until 4pm and is free for spectators.

Sunday sees the out-of-season Joan Purdie Memorial Event with around fifty Micro Bangers headlining the event which will raise money for St Andrews Hospice. The racing begins at 1pm this Sunday at HRP Lochgelly Raceway.





Date Change
Added Tuesday 24th January 2017
Due to a clashing event; the first open practice session of 2017, originally scheduled for Saturday February 18th, has now been rescheduled for Sunday February 19th from 1pm until 4pm.

HRP apologise for any inconvenience caused.



2017 Driver Meetings & NInja Kart Rules
Added Friday 30th December 2016
HRP will be holding the final round of driver meetings on Saturday January 7th:

Ninja Karts 10am-11am
Junior Productions 11:15am-12:15pm
ProStocks 12:30pm-1:30pm
Bangers (Rookie and National) 1:45pm-2:45pm

The 2017 Ninja Kart Rules have now been added to the downloads section of this website.



Bigger and Better for 2017!!!
Added Saturday 24th December 2016
WE ARE BACK!!!

Hello and welcome to the newly refreshed HRP website. We hope you will enjoy the new layout and features that have been added to help keep you informed of all that is going on at HRP Lochgelly Raceway!!!

As has become traditional, we are delighted to bring you all the full and confirmed 2017 fixture list for Stock Car and Banger racing at HRP Lochgelly Raceway - we hope you like it!!!

Merry Christmas to all drivers, teams, staff and fans from all at HRP!!!



News History
- 2017 Driver Meetings
- 1300 Stock Cars - Sponsorship News
- 1300 Stock Cars - MORE Sponsorship News!!!
- BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP TRIPLE HEADER!!!
- CC RODS DRIVERS MEETING
- Mechanics in 2017
- 2017 NATIONAL HOT ROD EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP!!!
- A CLASSIC WEEKEND IN STORE!!!
- HRP Season 2016 - Thank You
- HRP Lochgelly Raceway November 5th - A Report
- Superstox 2017 Rules
- HRP Lochgelly Raceway October 28th - A Report
- HRP Lochgelly Raceway October 22nd - A Report
- HRP Lochgelly Raceway October 15th - A Report
- HRP Lochgelly Raceway October 8th - A Report

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

Saturday 4th March 2017, 6.00pm

Official Season Opener!!!

Superstox
2.0 Hot Rods
National Hot Rods WQR
ProStocks
Junior Productions (Scottish Debut)

Junior Productions from 5:30pm

Saturday 11th March 2017, 6.00pm

1300 Stock Cars
Stock Rods
Ministox
ProStocks
Ninja Karts

Ninja Karts from 5:30pm

Saturday 18th March 2017, 6.00pm

1300 Stock Cars
2.0 Hot Rods
CC Rods
Junior Productions
Ninja Karts

Junior Productions from 5:30pm

Saturday 25th March 2017, 6.00pm

NATIONAL VAN BANGERS
Superstox
Stock Rods
ProStocks
Ministox

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