Added by Kevin on Tuesday 17th March
The UK Government has issued further guidance to event organisers with a recommendation that people should not attend pubs, theatres and large gatherings and to protect the NHS, frontline services are unable to support such events due to the resources required by the emergency services.
Scotland earlier advised that all gatherings attended by 500 people or more should not take place effective from 16th March.
Having reviewed this information the ORCi have heeded the request from the Government for businesses to act responsibly, and, as such have taken the difficult decision to temporarily suspend future race meetings at ORCI venues until such time as guidance from the Government changes.
Whilst we recognise the news will be disappointing for race fans and drivers alike, our highest priority must be to ensure the safety of all who attend our events, and protect the resilience of the UK’s public services – especially the emergency services and the NHS – as strongly advised to by the Government. To ignore this advice would be deeply irresponsible given the current circumstances.
Whilst ORCi venues employ their own paramedic, first aid and safety steward team, including private ambulances, we all know that motorsport can be dangerous, and incidents can and do happen which require the attendance of the emergency services. It is impossible for any ORCi venue to legislate against the need to call on the assistance of the emergency services for either an on-track/in stadia incident, and as such we are unable to guarantee that we could proceed without making any call on the services which this government guidance seeks to protect.
As the ORCi we will of course continue to keep our race fans, race teams and individual promotions will keep team members informed of when we plan on resuming the fixture calendar for 2020 and will do this as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to continue to follow the advice of the relevant authorities to ensure the well-being of themselves, their family’s and local communities, whilst sending a strong message of support to the health professionals and members of our emergency services and other key workers who are working so hard for our benefit during this period.
Further to the above ORCi statement, and in line with government guidelines issues on the 16th April, all events up to the 9th June have now officially been postponed.
No decision has been made in relation to as to when and if the lost events will be rescheduled, however, avenues are being explored.
We don't anticipate any further racing at Lochgelly in what would be the first half of the season taking into account the latest information available from Government and ORCi sources.
We will continue to update this article as and when required.
2020 Sponsorship News
Added by Kevin on Monday 24th February
Hardie Race Promotions are delighted to announce a number of sponsors that have now come on board for the 2020 race season here at Lochgelly Raceway.
In addition to the partners already announced (UKMC, DP Commercials, Ringtone Race Painter, MR Coachworks, BFD Autos, Rogerson Coach Travel, Cleland Builders and Joiners, Scrap A Car Scotland and Hoosier), it is with great pleasure that we are now in a position to announce the following.ATP Spray Finishing
- Confirmed as the headline sponsors of our June Weekend, sponsoring the 2.0 Hot Rod British Championship on Saturday 6th and 7th June. Hardie Race Promotions are delighted to continue the partnership with ATP that has been forged over the last year or two. ATP supported us hugely in 2019 with a lot of work behind the scenes in the build up to the Hot Rod European Championship. Ensure you contact Scott and the team for all your spray finishing requirements - for MOF & Timber Joinery, PVC Spraying, Splashback Spraying and lots more - Contact Scott on 07967 590 122 for more information!Lee Smart Racing
- Confirmed as the 2020 1300 Stock Car World Championship headline sponsor! Lee Smart Racing are based here at Lochgelly Motorsport Complex and are always on hand to assist with any alloy welding requirements throughout the week and on most race days. From bespoke radiators to off the shelf production lines, Lee Smart Racing are on hand to assist you where possible; Lee can be reached via Facebook or https://lsrwelding.wixsite.com/leesmartracing
It is great to have each of our stock rod finals sponsored for the 2020 season
with an added incentive for whites and yellow graded drivers throughout the season with a few events seeing them benefit too.
29th February - Final sponsored by C-Thru Windows
21st March - Final sponsored by ASD Welding Services
4th April - White and Yellow sponsored by Mike Dean Motor Engineer, with the final winner sponsored by ProTyre
25th April - Final sponsored by Crane Transport
26th April - Final sponsored by Lee Smart Racing
2nd May - Final sponsored by Driftland
16th May - Final sponsored by CM Motors Barrhead
19th June - Final sponsored by Pie Performance Motorsport
18th July - Final sponsored by GA Autos
25th July - Final sponsored by ProTyre, whites and yellows sponsored by Paterson Skips
8th August - Final sponsored by Gunner Motorsport
29th August - Final sponsored by Ace Car Disposal (x2)
5th September - Final sponsored by Methven Mill Motors
19th September - Final sponsored by Basil Baird Bulk Haulage
17th October - Final sponsored by ProTyre, whites and yellows sponsored by Paterson Skips
23rd October - Final sponsored by Polleysport.
HRP would like to extend our thanks to all of the above mentioned businesses and people for supporting the Stock Rod class throughout the 2020 season at Lochgelly Raceway.
English Championship - 1300 Stock Cars
Added by Kevin on Monday 10th February
Following an enquiry into the 1300cc Stock Car English Championship the result will stand as the drivers came across the line which were 1st Jason Askew (690), 2nd Lee Pearce (23), 3rd Daniel Barkham (210).
The query was regarding the cable linkage to the gearbox but after doing an investigation we are finding out that a lot of other cars having been doing this and the Honda has to change on certain gearboxes from a clutch cable to hydraulic clutches. We feel this Is not enough to take the result off a driver.
This will be noted as a warning to Jason and other drivers that because you see things on other cars does not mean you can just go ahead and do it.
This will be added to the rules and if there are other rules like this can drivers please let us know now so we can either verify the rules or removes them please.
1300cc Stock Car Association
New for 2020 - HRP Clothing
Added by Kevin on Tuesday 4th February
Hardie Race Promotions are delighted to announce that a new range of merchandise is now available on our website following a range of queries about products.
Initially, there is a limited range, however, we hope to expand this in time should it prove as successful.
You can check out our range and get yourself kitted out in our range by order online by clicking on the Online Shop link at the top of this page.
Junior Banger Association Statement
Added by Kevin on Thursday 30th January
The Junior Banger Association are delighted to publish a national fixture list of ORC dates for 2020.
Promoters have worked hard to provide racing on virtually every weekend of the season for those who want it with as few clashing dates as possible. In all there are over 50 dates on the 2020 fixture list.
The Junior Banger Association are delighted to include Buxton on the fixture list on 2020 with three dates to help Northern based drivers. Fixtures at Cowdenbeath and Lochgelly will also please those up North as will a full season of fixtures at the Startrax venues of Belle Vue and Sheffield of which the highlight will be the World Final which takes place at Belle Vue in front of a big Bank Holiday crowd on 31 August.
Other championship events are the British Championship which will take place at Great Yarmouth on 12 April, the English Championship which takes place at Birmingham on 16 May and the European Championship which takes place at King’s Lynn on 5 September.
Drivers are reminded that they need to book in for the fixtures below through the promoter they are registered with.
The Junior Banger Association would like to wish all its driver members a successful 2020 and we look forward to seeing you all on track.
2020 Race Dates
Sun 23 February – Aldershot
Sun 8 March – Mildenhall
Sat 14 March – King’s Lynn
Sun 15 March – Skegness
Sat 21 March - Eastbourne
Sun 22 March – Belle Vue
Sat 28 March - Northampton
Sat 4 April – King’s Lynn
Sun 12 April – Great Yarmouth – British
Sat 18 April - Cowdenbeath
Sat 25 April - Mildenhall
Sun 26 April – Belle Vue
Sun 3 May – Sheffield
Fri 8 May – King’s Lynn
Sat 16 May – Birmingham - English
Sun 24 May - Aldershot
Mon 25 May – King’s Lynn
Thurs 28 May - Skegness
Sat 6 June – Skegness
Sun 7 June – Skegness
Weds 10 June – Eastbourne
Sun 21 June – Northampton
Sun 28 June – Skegness
Sat 4 July - Buxton
Sat 18 July - Eastbourne
Sat 18 July – King’s Lynn
Sun 19 July – Belle Vue
Thurs 23 July - Skegness
Sat 1 August – King’s Lynn
Sat 8 August – King’s Lynn
Sun 9 August – Great Yarmouth
Tues 11 August – Skegness
Weds 19 August – Eastbourne
Sat 22 August – Northampton
Mon 31 August – Belle Vue - World
Sat 5 September – King’s Lynn - European
Sat 19 September - Birmingham
Sat 26 September – King’s Lynn
Sun 27 September - Aldershot
Sat 10 October – King’s Lynn
Sat 10 October – Lochgelly
Sun 11 October - Lochgelly
Sat 17 October – Mildenhall
Sun 18 October - Buxton
Sun 25 October – Skegness
Sun 8 November - Buxton
Sun 15 November – Belle Vue
Sun 22 November – Skegness
Sun 29 November - Mildenhall
Sun 13 December – King’s Lynn
Sun 27 December – Sheffield
Mon 28 December – King’s Lynn
Sat 1 January 2021 – Birmingham
News Archive2020 National Hot Rod European Championship
- Added 29th January 2020 15:032020 Banger News and Sponsorship
- Added 29th January 2020 14:47Improvement Works at Lochgelly Raceway
- Added 18th January 2020 23:21Superstox Tyre Series 2020
- Added 15th January 2020 16:221300 Stock Car Sponsorship Series
- Added 15th January 2020 16:09Swaffham Raceway
- Added 15th January 2020 16:05Advertising Opportunities at HRP
- Added 6th January 2020 12:132020 Season Fixtures Released and Highlights
- Added 24th December 2019 21:42A reflection on the 2019 season at HRP
- Added 9th December 2019 00:05