HRP April 13th - A Report
Added Monday 16th April 2018The first of 2018's Fun-tastic Friday events at HRP Lochgelly Raceway took place last Friday and saw a good number if fans arrive to get their weekend kicked off in fine style as they enjoyed twelve highly-entertaining races. As always with HRP's Friday night events; four formulas were on hand with this one featuring the 1300 Stock Cars, CC Rods, ProStocks and Ministox.
Another good entry arrived in the Ministox including Max Barker who is registered in the north of England arrived to do battle although the thoughts of many in the pits were with fellow Ministox racer Jay Paterson who was in hospital - all news points to Jay enjoying a full recovery and all at HRP wish him well and we are sure everyone hopes to see him on track soon. Jay's brother Gary was among the strong entry at the rear of the grid; but it has been all about the lower graders so far in 2018 with the likes of Jamie Stewart, Barry Scott and Scott Allardyce picking up piles of points as they take full advantage of their starting grid positions. The first heat saw the drivers straight back into the rhythm that has seen the Ministox become un-missable at HRP Lochgelly Raceway with Scott Allardyce winning his personal battle with Barry Scott as he took the early lead which he held on to all the way to the finish as he took the win ahead of Logan Bruce and Jamie Stewart. Allardyce has been in fantastic form from the white grade and, with the extra-long first grading period meaning he will remain at white until May 1st which some may argue gives an artificial look to the points charts. Heat Two followed a similar pattern as Allardyce took the lead and drove away as the pack battled behind him and his fellow lower graders. None of the more experienced drivers were able to get near the podium though as Allardyce went to victory lane while Jamie Stewart and Barry Scott claimed the other podium spots. The feature final was another fantastic race held under the HRP floodlights with the drivers getting well and truly stuck in. However, this did not bother Allardyce and co at the front as they continued on their merry way with Allardyce romping home to victory and a faultless hat-trick as he took the win with Jamie Stewart posting another good points-scoring position in second while Danny Whyte finally got the star drivers on to the podium with a fine third spot. The Ministox have one final meeting at HRP Lochgelly Raceway before the re-grading â can anyone stop Scott Allardyce?!
The ProStocks were back at HRP Lochgelly Raceway for their second meeting in six days with the usual suspects all present and correct in the pits. Heat One saw the usual argy-bargy in the limited contact class as the drivers looked to advance their positions by hook or by crook with the higher-graded drivers soon making their way to the front with National Points Champion Paul Barron, again, looking fast. However, Barron was unable to do anything about the pace of team-mate Darren Rae who went on to take a fine win ahead of Barron and Scott Gordon. Heat Two saw more of the ProStocks' own brand of mayhem but Rae certainly wouldn't have been complaining as he plotted a course through the chaos to take his second win of the night ahead of star duo Ian Christie and Jason McAlpine. The feature final got underway with just one question on everybody's mind â could Rae make it a hat-trick? Despite the best efforts of the star graders; Rae did indeed go on to post another fantastic win to add to his haul and, also claim that elusive hat-trick! Ian Christie and Jason McAlpine, again, had to settle for second and third respectively as nobody had an answer for the flying Rae who closed out a good night of ProStocks action in the finest possible fashion!
The 1300 Stock Cars were back in action just six days removed from their last outing but a reasonable twelve cars arrived in the pits ahead of heat one with a couple of interesting additions to the grid in the form of National Points Champion Euan Mathieson, former regular 1300 pilot Darren McAlpine as well as the return of Kev Baird â Martin Balfour also made an appearance in the Paul Ford Nova having won a raffle for the privilege. The 1300 Stock Cars always put on a good show at HRP Lochgelly Raceway and this past Friday was no exception as the bumpers flew in! Having taken the final win six days ago, Lochgelly's own Andrew Mathieson was in the mood for more and clinically made his way to the front of the field by the end of the race to take the win ahead of the other form-man Craig Haxton and Scottish Champion Billy Wilson. Heat Two was another frenetic race that even former Saloon multi-champion and current 2.0 Hot Rod World Champion Gordon Alexander describe what he saw "as far as proper stock car racing goes â good to watch." However, none of the drivers had an answer for Mathieson as he took his second win of the night with Haxton and Wilson filling the same spots on the podium as they had done previously. The Feature Final was down on numbers due to mechanical issues and damage after two cracking heats but, nevertheless, those drivers on track managed to enthral the crowd with their antics as no quarter was asked and none given but, it was that man Mathieson who took another win and the third hat-trick of the evening while Haxton and Wilson completed their own hat-tricks as they finished in the same spots for the third race in a row.
The CC Rods made a welcome return to HRP Lochgelly Raceway and arrived in impressive numbers with a turnout in the mid-20s. With so many cars on track, and a wide variety of skills and capabilities, the expected chaos did come in a race with only eight official finishers out of the 20-something that started the race! Colin Wotherspoon picked up an excellent win in his Corsa which is now for sale with Colin set to move to 1300 Stock Cars with Jamie Bell taking the runners-up spot after returning to action following THAT crash last time out which left his car looking decidedly second hand and Ian Hotchkies completing the top three. The second heat was an excellent race with plenty of action once again as the cars diced for position on the narrow HRP Lochgelly Raceway circuit. Having been downgraded to blue, Bob Cairns took full advantage of starting nearer the front to take his first win of 2018 ahead of the returning Jamie Brown and heat one winner Wotherspoon. The feature final was a cracking race with plenty of talking points after a race that saw many of the front runners eliminated in the closing stages; but Cairns wouldnât have complained as he managed to post a heat and final winning double with Brandon Gourlay picking up his second win of the night and an immediate return to red grade!!!
NEXT UP AT HRP LOCHGELLY RACEWAY IS THE BIG ONE as Hardie Race Promotions (In Association with Spedeworth Motorsports) present the Dechmont Forklift Trucks National Hot Rod European Championship! A star-studded entry has booked in for one of short oval's biggest events of the season which will be held at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this Saturday April 21st from 5pm with racing also taking place on Sunday April 22nd from 1pm. The LJN DeSIGNS Ninja Kart British Championship, Classic Hot Rods Scottish Championships and Superstox will also see the track in what promises to be two spectacular days of action not to be missed at Scotlandâs premier short oval racing venue â HRP Lochgelly Raceway!!!