HRP June 17th - A Report
Added Monday 19th June 2017

A beautiful summer's day greeted drivers, teams and fans as they gathered at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this past Saturday evening for the latest slice of stock car action presented by Hardie Race Promotions (In Association with Spedeworth Motorsports). Following an early end to the Junior Productions demonstrations due to race car damage; it was down to the four senior formulas to entertain the spectators as the 6pm start time approached.

The ProStocks were first on track and a reasonable grid assembled to do battle in heat one including local racers Paul Barron (Cowdenbeath), Ian Christie (Kirkcaldy), Scott Gordon (Strathmiglo) and Scott Wilson (Cardenden). Unfortunately for the local pilots, none of them had an answer for a fast-moving Ryan O'Shea (Falkirk) who sliced his way through the field to take a dominant win. Having missed the first race, Lochgelly's Grady Ross made it on track for heat two in a brand-new car which looked stunning in the evening sunshine. Ross was unable to finish the full distance in a race of attrition which saw Paul Barron and Jason McAlpine, among others, getting stuck in which resulted in just the three finishers with O'Shea claiming his second win of the night. As a result of his two heat wins, O'Shea was promoted to red grade for the feature final where he will race for the next month while many were asking if he could claim a hat-trick of race wins. The star graded drivers, including O'Shea, made their way to the front of the pack in short order but it was Paul Barron who increased his lead in the national points championship with victory by a large margin from Ian Christie and Jason McAlpine with double heat winner O'Shea rounding off a good night in fourth.

The CC Rods were back in action after a fortnight off and another fantastic grid of cars arrived for three cracking races. Around twenty cars took to the track for heat one and it was a spectacular race to watch with some fantastic racing throughout the field. However, no driver had an answer for the debuting Colin Thomson who took his stunning Corsa C straight to victory lane on its maiden run. The second heat saw Stuart McDonald claim another win in the ex-Paul Muir Ford Puma as managed to fend off a strong challenge from Jamie Bell and Scottish/Points Champion ian Donaldson. The feature final saw an incident-packed sixteen laps with heat one winner Thomson having a coming-together with Brian Allan on the home straight as the other drivers battled for every position. Having claimed both heat wins, the white grade were quickly swamped by some fast moving yellow tops including Bob Cairns and Jamie Bell who surged to the head of the pack while Donaldson continued to pick off the field one car at a time. Cairns managed to hold on to the lead all the way to the chequered flag to take the final winner's trophy home to Methil while Bell held on for second ahead of Donaldson with another impressive drive from the rear to claim the final podium position.

The Stock Rods returned to HRP Lochgelly Raceway for the first time since their World Championship in Northern Ireland which was won by local ace Marc Morrell - Jonathan Lattka upheld Scottish pride with an excellent third. Scottish and National Points Champion Chris Lattka debuted a new car which looked stunning in the pits before the meeting. Heat One saw white grader Ross Finlay make contact with the wall but that did not deter yellow grader Gary Nicholls who took up the running ahead of fellow yellow grader Ricky White and these two drivers maintained their positions to the end of the race with Chris Lattka taking third in his new car. The second heat saw the yellow graders dominate once again but this time it was White who got to the head of the pack and ended the race as the runaway winner ahead of Stuart Paterson and with heat one winner Nicholls in third. The feature final was run over the longer distance of twenty-five laps and, while White and his fellow yellow graders made most of the running, the extra laps allowed the star graders that bit more time to get on terms with them and it was Chris Lattka who carved his way through the field to overhaul White's lead with Kelty's Darren McAlpine also getting past White to claim second place at the chequered flag behind Lattka with White taking an excellent third place.

The 1300 Stock Cars were back on track for the final round of their MR Coachworks and Ringtone Racepaints Series which has seen £1000 up for grabs throughout the first half of the season. This was the last chance for drivers to score points for the big-money final at HRP Lochgelly Raceway next Saturday with Lochgelly duo Euan and Andrew Mathieson leading the way in the series going into the meeting. With Lochgelly driver Billy Wilson currently on the naughty step, it was Brian Wilson who drove Billy Wilson’s car onto track for heat one as he performed double duty as he raced both 1300 Stock Cars and Stock Rods this past Saturday. Wilson took full advantage of his yellow grade start and a disappointing grid of cars to claim an easy win in heat one ahead of Craig Haxton and Dean McGill. Lee McGill debuted a new Corsa C car in heat one but it seemed to have some teething troubles but he had clearly sorted these issues for heat two as he scorched to a maiden win for his new car ahead of Craig Haxton and Andrew Mathieson as some great battles raged on further down the field while McGill carried onto victory serenely. The feature final was a race that was punctuated by some great bumper action despite the number of cars on track but Brian Wilson was not affected by that action as he took his second win of the night by a good margin from Lee McGill and Jock Whyte to conclude an entertaining evening of action at HRP Lochgelly Raceway.

This Saturday June 24th sees the final meeting before the summer break and it is a BIG ONE! The Unlimited National Bangers will be back in town after an absence of a few years for Scottish Championship action along with the 3-wheeled mayhem of the Reliant Robins for their Scottish Championship! The 1300 Stock Cars will contest their big money MR Coachworks and Ringtone Racepaints Series Final while the Superstox and Ninja Karts will also be on track with the Ninjas kicking things off at 5:45pm this Saturday June 24th at HRP Lochgelly Raceway!


HRP June Speed Weekend - A Report
Added Monday 12th June 2017
The changeable weather did not put off the large number of drivers, teams and fans who gathered at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this past Saturday evening for day one of the HRP June Speed Weekend presented by Hardie Race Promotions (In Association with Spedeworth Motorsports). The destiny of no less than three British Championships would be decided on the night in one of the most prestigious events to ever be held in Scotland.

The first formula on track were the Rebel Racers making their now annual appearance in Scotland for their Scottish Championship. The Rebels would have seven heats over the course of the two days to determine the grid for the big event and four of those took place on the Saturday. Steven Holgate took the first win of the night with an excellent drive to secure the win ahead of defending champion Rob Jones. The rest of the night belonged to Tom Dayman who managed to claim victory in all three remaining heats to underline his championship potential.

The Superstox have been in incredible form at HRP Lochgelly Raceway so far in 2017 and a large number of cars arrived to do battle for the Dechmont Forklift Trucks British Championship which would be their first race of the weekend. Local drivers Lewis Willacy and Allan Gibson formed the front row while many of the pre-race favourites found themselves starting near the back of the 32-car line-up following the draw for grid positions. The race began spectacularly with plenty of bumper-work on all points of the track as several drivers fell by the wayside but the major talking point was a huge pile-up which eliminated no less than nineteen cars from the reckoning after a fluid spillage saw many contenders sliding into the barrier on turn one and out of contention. The race was eventually restarted after removing all of the broken cars from the racing circuit while the survivors were checked to make sure they were in the correct positions before the green flag fell for the resumption of the race. With only around a dozen cars running, the race settled into a high-speed pursuit that saw English Champion Jordan Salmon take up the running while defending British Champion and World Champion Jason Cooper had carved his way efficiently through the traffic to bring himself into play as he claimed second place in his pursuit of Salmon. As the laps wound down it did look like Cooper was reeling in Salmon but the second-generation racer responded by extending his advantage to complete the remaining laps ahead of Jason Cooper to claim the 2017 British Championship with Cooper second and Martyn Coles third in an all English podium. The other two races were ran in graded order and saw wins for Jason Cooper and Stuart Gilchrist.

The ORCi Ministox made history as they contested their first ever major championship race at HRP Lochgelly Raceway as well over thirty cars arrived to decide the fate of the 2017 British Championship sponsored by Lee Smart Racing. The cars were split into a two thirds format which saw each driver race in two of the three qualifying heats to determine the starting grid for the Championship Final. Cambridgeshire’s Charlie Santry has been quick wherever he has raced and reiterated his championship potential as he claimed heat one ahead of HRP Points Champion Sean Naismith and Danny Elbourn. Heat Two saw another English victory as regular visitor David Shearing took the win ahead of Santry and Ben Bateman. The final heat saw the English drivers secure another victory with Harrison Bryant coming home ahead of Naismith and ORCi Champion Steven Burgoyne. Santry’s results gave him pole position for the final and, while the expected chaos ensued behind him, Santry drove steadily while maintaining a decent lead until the latter stages of the race where a momentary hesitation saw the gap between him and Sean Naismith reduced to a matter of inches. Naismith managed to get ahead of Santry after battling for a few laps and the large partisan crowd roared on a potential Scottish winner but Santry quickly closed the gap and, with two laps to go, made the decisive move to get ahead of Naismith to cross the line first ahead of Naismith and Ben Bateman. The results for the Ministox British Championship remain provisional until confirmed by the governing body who will ratify them during the week.

The final formula on show were the 2.0 Hot Rods who have enjoyed an excellent first half of 2017 at HRP Lochgelly Raceway. Twenty-eight of the very best drivers gathered to do battle for their British Championship sponsored by David Philp Commercials with HRP’s own Kenny Purdie defending the title. Heat One saw Gordon Alexander make heavy contact with the wall on the exit of turn two but that did not deter William Hardie who maintained his concentration to overhaul early leader George Turiccki and claim a win ahead of Turiccki and Scotland’s Alex Wilson. The second heat saw drivers start in reverse order from heat one and victory went to World Champion Daniel Smith ahead of Gordon Alexander and Nick Ross. With Hardie claiming a fifth place in the second heat; he secured pole position for the British Championship final with heat two winner Smith starting alongside. Hardie shot into the lead from the green flag with Smith tracking his every move while behind them drivers jostled for track position with no quarter asked and none given. Hardie had settled into a rhythm while Turiccki and Gordon Alexander looked comfortable in second and third -until the moment that soured the entire occasion as Jock Campbell took Alexander out of third place before the two experienced drivers proceeded to hit one another in a mini-DD in turns one and two. No way for two of the formula's top drivers to behave. The remaining laps saw Hardie maintain his lead all the way to the chequered flag and his first major title win ahead of Turiccki and the Zetec-powered Gavin Botfield.

Sunday's action saw the Rebels continue the build-up to their Scottish Championship with three further heats which saw some great action as Reece Grinnell picked up the win in heat five before Tom Dayman resumed normal service with victory in heats six and seven. The Scottish Championship Final was another excellent race from the Rebel Racers with plenty of contact and action at every turn but it was defending champion Rob Jones who managed to be in the right place at the right time to successfully defend his Scottish title ahead of Paul Tagg and Joshua Smith to round off a great weekend for the Rebels. The Ministox were competing in a regular domestic meeting after their British Championship exertions the night before and both heat wins went to Warren Darby before a fantastic feature final saw Gemma Robbins take an excellent win ahead of fellow south-west drivers Warren Darby and Tommy Farrell.

The 2.0 Hot Rods returned for their second day of racing with a slightly depleted field after their incredible British Championship the previous evening for their Open Scottish Championship. William Hardie took two relatively easy heat wins before underlining his dominance of the weekend as he added the Open Scottish title to the British Championship with World Champion Daniel Smith and Robert Gamble upholding English honour with second and third.

The Superstox would contest their Open Scottish Championship in their first race of the day with a random grid draw being conducted on track. Scotland's David Frame had been one of the fastest cars all weekend and he put together a great race to finally take an overdue title as he crossed the line to claim the 2017 Open Scottish Championship ahead of World Champion Jason Cooper and outgoing Open Scottish Champion Bryan Forrest who made a staunch defence of his title from the rear of the grid.

All in all, a fantastic weekend of action enjoyed by the vast majority of those in attendance. The weekend had some amazing racing action, memorable moments and some controversy that will ensure that the 2017 HRP June Speed Weekend will live long in the memory of those who witnessed it.

HRP Lochgelly Raceway returns to domestic action this Saturday as the 1300 Stock Cars contest the final round of the MR Coachworks/Ringtone Racepaints Series while the CC Rods, ProStocks and Stock Rods will all be in action plus the Junior Productions in pre-meeting demonstration races - the action gets underway at 5:30pm at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this Saturday June 17th.

HRP June 3rd - A Report
Added Monday 5th June 2017
While the threatened heavy showers did make a couple of appearances during the evening; drivers, teams and fans were greeted with a dry start to their evening of stock car and banger action as they gathered in large numbers this past Saturday at HRP Lochgelly Raceway. Four formulas were scheduled to take part in what looked, on paper, to be a very exciting event featuring the Rookie Banger Scottish Championship as the headlining event of the evening.

The night's racing got underway with the Junior Productions on track for their first demonstration run of the evening with Cameron Willacy and Amber Tyrell both maintaining excellent attendance records while several other cars are at varying stages of completion. Despite Willacy starting half a lap behind Tyrell, it didn't take him long to overhaul the 314 driver for the lead as he utilized his Ministox experience to the full to put on a dominant display on his way to victory in heat one. Willacy was handicapped further for the second race where he started almost three quarters of a lap behind Tyrell but that did not deter him from taking the race win in a shortened race that was stopped when Tyrell ground to a halt on the exit of turn two having appeared to have run out of fuel. The final run for the Juniors was in very wet conditions as one of those heavy showers made an appearance but that did not deter Willacy from claiming a hat-trick as he continued to dominate the formula.

The 1300 Stock Cars were back in action for the latest round of the MR Coachworks/Ringtone Racepaints Series which sees £1000 on offer during the first half of the season and Lochgelly's own Euan Mathieson led the points at the beginning of the night. It was good to see several lower graders such as Craig McComb, Corey Robertson, Craig Jones and Ian Goodall back on track plus reports of the imminent returns of top stars such as Lee Buchan, Lee McGill and Jazz Moore further boosting the formula. The first heat this past Saturday saw a masterclass from National Points leader Euan Mathieson as he sliced his way through the field with Craig Haxton and Andrew Mathieson in tow to claim a fine win with younger brother Andrew getting the nod over Craig Haxton for second place at the finish line. The second heat was punctuated with a big hit for Goodall courtesy of Peter Low but, while all that was going on, Andrew Mathieson had made his way to the head of the field and remained there until the chequered flag with Ryan McGill and Euan Mathieson completing the podium. The feature final was another excellent race although damage and mechanical issues reduced the field and it was Jordan Cassie who surged into an early lead as the two Mathieson brothers, Craig Haxton, Jock Whyte and Ryan McGill all battled amongst themselves. Cassie continued to lead as the laps wound down and it looked like a nailed-on win for the 77 driver until the final corner when, from a long way back, Andrew Mathieson lunged at the rear of the Cassie car which pushed him wide enough for Mathieson to sneak through for his second win of the night with Ryan McGill also managing to beat the unlucky Cassie to the line as Jordan had to settle for third place in a thrilling finish.

The CC Rods were back on track after a couple of weeks away and another huge field of cars arrived this past Saturday at HRP Lochgelly Raceway. It was great to see Ian Walle back after a big crash last time out as well as father Ian Walle Sr who debuted a great-looking Vauxhall Nova. The first race saw the track wet from a shower of rain but the drivers put on a great display of racing despite the conditions in a race which saw an excellent win for Brian Allen ahead of Kevin Easton in a markedly improved performance for both drivers. The ex-Paul Muir Puma was back on track in the hands of Stuart McDonald and he put it to good use as he took a fine win in heat two in a race that saw a few incidents with the 26 machine of Bob Cairns coming off worst. Having come home in third place in heat one, Scottish and Points Champion Ian Donaldson, managed to go one better as he claimed second from the rear of the grid ahead of Easton who was having a fine evening. The feature final saw a good race soured as the actions of Ian Hotchkies and Jamie Brown embarrassed the formula and, to an even greater degree, themselves as they proceeded to have a tit for tat argument on track with Brown reversing into the Hotchkies car at one point – absolute stupidity. However; this did not deter McDonald who had managed to claim a very healthy lead in the early stages and, as the others battled behind him, McDonald continued to maintain his lead all the way to the end of the sixteen laps as he took his second win of the night ahead of Easton who had his best night in the formula so far and Emma Kirk who came home in an impressive third place.

While the racing in the other formulas had been very watchable, there is no doubt that most of the large crowd in attendance were there to see the main event – the Rookie Banger Scottish Championship. A grid in the mid-30s arrived to do battle including several long-distance travellers such as Steve Saw and Daniel Derbyshire plus Team Trim made a surprise and unannounced appearance on the day to join the local stars on track. As per the drivers' request, the format was changed meaning that the Scottish Championship would be the first race of the night and it was a spectacular race with action at every turn and some big hits going in. The English drivers dominated in the team event here in April and they showed their prowess once again as Rob Haines (a former Scottish Champion) managed to drive through the chaos to take his second Scottish title with Team Trim team-mate Jack Ansell coming home in second while Lochgelly's own Billy Wilson was the first Scot home in third. Around twenty cars made it out for the first of two all-comers races and it was Guildford’s Joey Reynolds who took the win ahead of Ansell and newly-crowned champion Haines in an English top three. Ansell finally secured an elusive win on his first visit to the track with an excellent drive in the second all-comers race to round off a great night for the English drivers and Team Trim while a big hit by Wilson on Daz Linton brought an early end to the DD with no winner declared.

The next slice of stock car action at HRP Lochgelly Raceway is one of the most eagerly-anticipated fixtures in the 2017 Scottish Stock Car Calendar as the June Speed Weekend comes to Lochgelly next weekend. The Superstox, 2.0 Hot Rods and Ministox will all contest their British Championships while the Rebel racers make their annual appearance for their Scottish title. Four great formulas in action over two days starting at 5pm on Saturday June 10th and 1pm on Sunday June 11th.

HRP May 27th - A Report
Added Monday 29th May 2017

The glorious sunshine of the previous few days had given way to changeable condition by Saturday evening as drivers, teams and fans gathered at HRP Lochgelly Raceway for the latest slice of Stock Car action presented by Hardie Race Promotions.

The track was damp in the early stages of a busy meeting which saw five formulas racing with high stakes across the sixteen races as the track dried out during the evening. The first formula on show were the Ninja Karts who, as always, arrived in good numbers and got the evening's action underway with their traditional whites and yellows race. The whites and yellows race allows the lower graded drivers to enjoy some track time without the added pressure of the fast blues and reds zooming around them and it was one of the more experienced yellow graders in the form of Rachel Kidd who came through to take the win ahead of fellow yellow grader Kaydan Day and white top Leona Anderson. The first heat proper saw the blues and reds join in the fray while the whites and yellows would race in two of the three remaining races. Three drivers have been in blistering form of late and it would be those three that dominated the sharp end of the result in heat one as European and British Champion Robbie Armit took the win ahead of a flying Bailey Millar and Scottish and National Points Champion Charlie Hardie. Hardie took his customary win in heat two with Millar coming home in second and Scott Allardyce third while Millar's hard work over the course of the evening finally paid off in full in heat three as he scorched to victory ahead of Allardyce and Harry Robertson. Full credit must go to Millar as he had a crash during practice and it took a great deal of work from the team to get the 60 machine back on track - hard work does pay off sometimes!

With this being the final meeting where the points counted towards qualification for the Stars of the Future event at Ipswich Spedeweekend every point mattered and Charlie Hardie, Bailey Millar, Josh Bruce, Robbie Armit, Lennon Grant and Scott Allardyce will represent HRP and Scotland at the biggest short oval festival of 2017. Good luck to them all.

The Ministox continued the theme of youth on Saturday night at HRP Lochgelly Raceway as they appeared once again in big numbers in their final meeting here before the Lee Smart Racing British Championship on June 10th and 11th. The last chance to set cars up saw a view visitors from England who showed up well in the results. However, after a protracted race full of incidents, it was Scotland's Charlie Folan who came through to take the win ahead of English duo Abbie McGuiness and David Shearing. Heat Two saw a rare but welcome win for Kyle Roberts as he fended off the challenge of English lady racers Jamie-Lee Thomson and McGuiness. The feature final was another fantastic race with the bumpers being used to their full effect but it was one of the newcomers for 2017 who kept calm as the chaos reigned behind him as Declan Honeyman took an excellent win from McGuiness who completed a set of top three finishes in second and Steven Burgoyne in third. All set up very nicely for the British Championship in just over a week's time.

The National Hot Rods were racing in their final world championship qualifying round for the 2017 World Championship and, after eleven rounds, there were still a number of drivers with the opportunity of claiming a place in the big one. English star Jack Blood was also on hand in his stunning Tigra B as he enjoyed a run to test his car ahead of Ipswich. The first heat went to Paul Yule after an excellent drive as he held off world qualifying challenging duo Roy Anderson and Lochore's Billy Bonnar. Bonnar went on to claim heat two as he relegated Scottish Points Champion Elect Ian Donaldson to second and last week's Crimond final winner Steven Armit to third. With just the one race remaining the battle for that second spot in the world final was still raging on and it was Bonnar with a heat and final winning double who did as much as he could to attempt to overturn the deficit in the points but with Anderson and Armit rounding out the top three it is up to the NHRPA (the formula's governing body) to release the news on who will represent Scotland on the road to gold!!!

The 2.0 Hot Rods also had Ipswich on their minds as this would be their final chance to secure qualification for the National Championship at the beginning of July. With qualification having started last July; William Hardie had given himself a tough task to qualify in only half a season but he made the best possible start on Saturday as he took another heat win ahead of an ever-improving Kinzie Law and fast-moving Gerry Hendry. The second heat saw what has become an almost customary win for Kevin Stewart as he underlined his value to the formula with another victory in his debut season which relegated Hardie to second and the returning Gordon Hendry to third. The feature final was run in dry conditions and few have had an answer for Hardie at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this year in dry conditions. Hardie went on to underline his form with a blistering victory ahead of Scottish Champion Gordon Alexander and Gill Anderson.

With qualification completed; Alexander topped the charts with Gerry Hendry, William Hardie, Jock Campbell, Alex Wilson and Gill Anderson also making the cut to be the six Scottish representatives in the 2.0 Hot Rods for the National Championship at Ipswich. However, before that event, the 2.0 Hot Rods have the small matter of the David Philp Commercials British Championship at HRP Lochgelly Raceway in just over seven days' time.

The final formula on show were the incredible Superstox and they continued their brilliant form once again with another good turnout of cars and some breath-taking action. Scottish Champion and Bryan Forrest resumed their battle for the National Points Championship which looks almost certain to go to the wire but it was Frame who struck first as he took a faultless win in heat one ahead of Lewis Willacy and Colin Frame with Forrest only able to muster a seventh-place finish. Heat Two saw Willacy go one better as he claimed his first win of a season that has been dogged by mechanical issues but he will be hoping to have put these behind him just ahead of the Dechmont Forklift Trucks British Championship at HRP Lochgelly Raceway in June - David Frame picked up second place while recent debutant Dean Johnston claimed his best finish so far in third. The feature final was another incredible race with the bumpers being used to full effect on a busy track but it was Colin Frame who claimed the win to maintain his good start to the year with former F1 Trust Fund Champion Paul Ford in the borrowed Ally Noble car in second place and David Frame in third to round off a great night of action and entertainment.

The next slice of stock car and banger action at HRP Lochgelly Raceway comes this Saturday June 3rd and features one of the most eagerly anticipated events of any season as the Rookie Banger Scottish Championship rumbles into town. The Bangers will be supported by the 1300 Stock Cars in the latest round of their £1000 MR Coachworks/Ringtone Racepaints Series, the CC Rods and the Junior Productions.

The action gets underway at 6pm this Saturday at HRP Lochgelly Raceway.


HRP May 20th - A Report
Added Monday 22nd May 2017
A changeable evening weather-wise greeted drivers, teams and fans as they gathered at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this past Saturday for another busy five formula, sixteen race programme of events at Scotland's most-modern short oval motorsports facility.

The 6-11 year old drivers were first on track for their traditional whites and yellows race to open proceedings and it was a cracking race with some of the young female pilots showing off their skills at the sharp end of the grid and, after a battle with Demi Ritchie, it was Kaitlyn Smart who found herself in a lead that she held onto until the chequered flag for her first ever win with Demi finishing second and Jodie Gordon third making it an all-female top three – not sure if that has happened before! Heat One saw the blue and red graded drivers join the fray and it didn’t take long for Demi Ritchie and Kaitlyn Smart to underline their recent good form as they made the early running in this event until a red top train came surging through the pack including Bailey Millar, Charlie Hardie and European and newly-crowned British Champion Robbie Armit. As these three drivers raced hard for the win, Armit spun out but managed to get back up into sixth by the final reckoning with Millar taking the win ahead of Hardie and Scott Allardyce. The second heat saw a similar pattern with Zoe Mann being the white top at the front of the pack for a while before a fast-moving Hardie and Millar came through. Millar's sister Lucy was also in the mix and indeed sibling rivalry came to the fore as these two excellent young drivers raced side by side but it was Points and Scottish Champion Hardie who took the win with Bailey beating Lucy in the battle of the Millars for second and third place. The last heat of the evening saw Armit take his first win of the night after a great drive from the rear of the grid to claim victory ahead of Lucy Millar and Josh Bruce.

The CC Rods were back in action just seven days after their previous outing and race damage and holidays saw a slightly reduced field that was, nevertheless, still in the mid-teens which underlined the strength of HRP's low-budget, non-contact class. Kirkcaldy's Kevin Hutchison claimed the first win of the night ahead of Michael McNiven and Dougie Kidd. The second heat saw a very smart looking Fiat Punto join the grid in the hands of Kevin Easton although Bob Cairns was unable to race after engine trouble in heat one. The race saw Michael McNiven continue his recent run of form as he claimed another heat win with a flag to flag drive from the front; Davie McFarlane came home second with Kidd once again in third. The feature final saw McNiven repeat his exploits but this time from the back of the white grade. McNiven made short work of those ahead of him to take a commanding lead which the chasing pack were unable to do anything about. McFarlane once again came home in second while lady racer Emma Kirk claimed an excellent podium spot in third to round off a good night of CC Rod action.

The 2.0 Hot Rods were back on track for the penultimate time before their British Championship sponsored by David Philp Commercials here at HRP Lochgelly Raceway on June 10th and 11th. It was great to see Dave Leech visiting from his Midlands base ahead of the British Championship while Polmont's William Hardie returned to his home track having claimed the Midlands Championship at Birmingham seven days earlier. It was also the first appearance in the 2.0 Hot Rods of the season for defending British Champion Kenny Purdie who was on double duty racing his Classic Hot Rod at Cowdenbeath. With the track wet, the conditions were certainly not ideal for the rear-wheel drive hot rods but Hardie made the best of it as he managed to get to the head of the pack with Dunfermline's Gerry Hendry not too far behind keeping Hardie honest. At the end of the twenty laps, Hardie had fended off Hendry for the win with Alex Wilson coming home in third. The second heat saw Wilson surge into the lead with Hardie leading the chase. Hardie managed to catch and pass Wilson with plenty of time to go while Wilson held on for second ahead of Purdie. The feature final saw yellow top Kevin Stewart, who has won a couple of races so far this year, take an early lead after overhauling initial leader Paul Carruthers as the star graded drivers battled with each other. Gordon Alexander appeared to get his set-up wrong in the heats but the Scottish Champion was flying in the final and he led the red top charge with earlier double heat winner Hardie not quite on the same pace this time around. Stewart maintained a very healthy lead all the way to the chequered flag to take and excellent feature victory ahead of Alexander and a welcome third spot for Englishman Leech.

The Stock Rods were back at HRP Lochgelly Raceway for their final meeting before the World Championship in Northern Ireland at the start of June. Several drivers elected to preserve their cars as they preferred to take a watching brief but it was good to see Chris Hutchison back on track for his first meeting of the season at HRP Lochgelly Raceway. The first heat saw Hutchison remind everyone that he knows the quick way around the tight confines of HRP Lochgelly Raceway from his CC Rods days as he took a maiden win as he held off Jonathan Lattka and Ricky White. As if to prove it was no fluke, Hutchison promptly went out and took his second win in heat two after a great race between him, Gary Nicholls and Ricky White. The feature final saw Anstruther's Paul Beaton streak into a huge lead from the yellow grade as a gaggle of cars held each other back from making a challenge but, eventually, Jonathan Lattka made the crucial move to slot into second place and begin his pursuit of Beaton. As the laps wound down, the gap was clearly diminishing and, unfortunately for Beaton, Lattka managed to overhaul Beaton for the lead and the win with Beaton holding on for second ahead of Kelty's Darren McAlpine.

The 1300 Stock Cars were also on track in the latest round of their £1000 MR Coachworks and Ringtone Racepaints Series and it was great to see Craig Jones and Craig McComb make their first appearances of the season. It was local pilot Billy Wilson who took the winner's trophy home to Lochgelly for heat one after a great battle between him and Jordan Cassie entertained the crowd as they traded blows and places on every turn with Wilson getting the eventual nod. The second heat saw Cassie go one better as he continued his recent good form with victory ahead of Wilson with fellow Lochgelly drivers Andrew Mathieson and Euan Mathieson in third and fourth after a brilliant battle between them and Craig Haxton for the minor places. The feature final saw a depleted field take to the track but that did not deter Wilson who took a runaway win ahead of Andrew Mathieson and Jordan Cassie to round off a highly entertaining evening of action at HRP Lochgelly Raceway.

The next slice of stock car action at HRP Lochgelly Raceway comes your way this Saturday May 27th and features the National Hot Rods in their final World Championship Qualifier for 2017 along with the two top formulas in Scotland in the form of the Superstox and Ministox, Add in the 2.0 Hot Rods and Ninja Karts and it is another busy five formula, sixteen race programme of events at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this Saturday from 5:45pm.

News History
- Stock Car Open Practice
- HRP May 13th - A Report
- Keir Millar Memorial Meeting - A Report
- HRP April 29th - A Report
- Ministox Rules Updates
- HRP April 22nd - A Report
- Scotland v England Banger Team Event
- HRP April 15th - A Report
- HRP April 7th - A Report
- DFT April Speed Weekend


Saturday 15th July 2017, 6.00pm

Superstox (Thomas Michie Memorial Trophy)
National Hot Rods WQR
Ninja Karts

Ninja Karts from 5:30pm

Saturday 22nd July 2017, 6.00pm

1300 Stock Cars
Stock Rods
CC Rods
Junior Productions

Junior Productions from 5:30pm

Saturday 29th July 2017, 6.00pm


2.0 Hot Rods
Junior Productions
Ninja Karts

Ninja Karts from 5:30pm

Friday 4th August 2017, 7.00pm


2.0 Hot Rods
CC Rods