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Season Opener Preview

Meeting Date: Saturday 24th February

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It’s been a long winter without any racing, but it was great to see cars back on the track over the last couple of weekends with pre-season practice taking place, but now, it’s time to get serious, as the 2024 campaign finally gets underway.

The National Van Bangers (Upto SWB Transit) will compete for their annual Shaun Walsh Memorial event, which was won in 2023 by Zak Murdoch. Will Murdoch be out to defend it? Only time will tell. 2022 winner, Chris Thomson is set to make an outing though, as it is one event that he is always keen to participate in, and if he can win it again, he’ll be delighted. Lee Clarke will certainly be looking to entertain throughout the night, with his ‘laps are over-rated’ motto set to be re-introduced with a van that will struggle to last any more than a few laps – but it’ll certainly bring entertainment!! Southern based Kieran Tweed is set to become a regular attendee at Lochgelly Raceway this season, and will be with us for our season opener, as he looks to start his season in the best possible manner – it will however, be the first time that he has competed in a van banger event here at Lochgelly Raceway! The vans will round off the evening with a cash incentive fuelled demolition derby, with the last van running coming away with a healthy prize!

We at Lochgelly Raceway are proud to have U-Pull-It on board as 1300 Stock Car sponsors this season – a great recognition for one of the top formulas in the UK – and one that provides great action at every event at Lochgelly Raceway. We’ve seen a number of well turned out cars over the last couple of weeks in the run up the season opener, and we are excited to see them all on track together. Scottish Champion Fraser Clark currently leads the line up, and will be aiming to start the campaign how he completed the 2023 season in excellent form. Darren Rae has built a new Corsa D for the season, but still has his old car at his disposal too, should he choose to run it. A number of new and returning drivers to the formula are set to make an appearance – Bryce Kempson, Shaz Law, Kenneth Scollon, Craig Warner, Jake Wilson and William Wallace are all already booked to race at the time of writing, Wilson is a recent graduate from the Ministox class having only just recently turned 16 years old. Craig Warner has a very well prepared home built car ready for action, with a few scuffs on it already after glancing the wall in practice a few times! The hard hitting, action packed formula will certainly provide lots of great on track entertainment, as we expect the booking list to continue to grow as we approach the weekend.

The National Hot Rods continue in their quest towards World Championship Qualification, with round 7 taking place at our season opener. Gordon Alexander has been in good form and currently leads the Scottish Series points chart. Ross McWilliam is set to make a return to action having missed the last couple of rounds as he tries to spearhead his way up through the rankings. Darren Scott showed off his new car on Sunday at practice. With the car a proven race winning car in the past, Darren will be hoping to continue his forward trajectory in the formula in his latest machinery. Ethan Doull and James Robertson are both newcomers to the formula in 2024, and both look set to be with us on Saturday. Ethan has made the switch from 2.0 Hot Rods, whilst James has made the switch from the Stock Rod class. European Champion Robert McDonald and British Champion Adam Maxwell are both set to join us on Saturday as they look to get some invaluable track time ahead of the DPC European Championship in April.

The Stock Rod formula is the fourth and final formula in attendance this weekend, and is another excellent formula to have at our season opener. The formula produced some brilliant racing throughout 2023, with numbers increasing substantially towards the end of the season as the drivers made the switch to the Hoosier tyre. Robbie Armit, Dean McGill and Koddi Wright all turned in impressive performances in the few meetings on the Hoosier in 2023, though Teri Linden and Sean Naismith both also hit the ground running and all five will be hoping to make inroads in the points charts as they seek to qualify for the major championships this year. Scottish Champion, Gary Dean, will be looking to make a push towards the National Points Championship, with Siobhan Martin’s future currently to be confirmed. The formula is set to welcome a number of new drivers – although, not all will make it this weekend. Junior Production graduates Baillie Glencross and Lennon Grant are both set to make the switch into the class, whilst Craig Tosh, Martin Joy and James Halkett are all set to take to the track at Lochgelly Raceway too. David Crichton will be hoping to have cured the issues that hampered his progress last season as he looks to re-establish himself as a regular front running driver. Kyle Hutchison and Raymond Brown both made successful switches from the CC Rod class last year, and both have now found their feet in the Stock Rod class as they make a push towards the sharp end of the points championships.

The drivers sign in office will open at 2pm, whilst practice will get underway at 3.30pm. Drivers are reminded that they are responsible for leaving a tidy pit area, utilizing the bins provided, or taking rubbish away with them. Any teams found to be leaving their pit area untidy, will be fined and possibly banned from attending race meetings.

The spectator gates will open at 3pm, with trackside parking only available on a first come first served basis. High sided vehicles are encouraged to park on the upper level, and the far end of the middle level, so not to obstruct views of those behind them.


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Hardie Race Promotions would like to thanks our 2024 season sponsors
U-Pull-it, David Philp Commercials, A1 Containers R Us, Spedeworth TV, Fife Medical Group, Direct Car Car, APEX Garden Buildings, WUL Enterprises, Specialist Roofing and WMH Developments.

Provisional Running Order

1 U-Pull-It 1300 Stock Cars Heat 1
2 Stock Rods Heat 1
3 National Hot Rods Heat 1
4 Van Bangers Shaun Walsh Memorial
5 U-Pull-It 1300 Stock Cars Heat 2
6 Stock Rods Heat 2
7 National Hot Rods Heat 2
8 Van Bangers Heat 1
9 U-Pull-It 1300 Stock Cars Final
10 Stock Rods Final
11 National Hot Rods Final
12 Van Bangers Heat 2 / DD

Practice Schedule

15:30 - 15:40 & 16:10 - 16:20 U-Pull-It 1300 Stock Cars
15:50 - 16:00 & 16:20 - 16:30 Stock Rods
16:00 - 16:10 & 16:30 - 16:40 National Hot Rods

Driver Briefings

17:00 NHR / Stock Rods In Tunnel
17:05 1300 Stock Cars In Tunnel
17:10 Bangers In Tunnel

Please note, running order subject to change.

Booking Lists

Stock Rods

11 Thomas Brown
22 Paul Hughes
27 Gary Dean
78 Stewart Aitken
84 Robbie Armit
100 Sean Naismith
123 Craig Tosh
183 Teri Linden
194 John Lee Green
248 David Crichton
261 Craig Harrison *
263 Dean McGill
289 Kyle Hutchison
352 Koddi Wright
363 Lee McGill
412 Fraser Anderson
555 Jack MacLeod
698 Martin Joy
700 Rory Naismith
750 Raymond Brown

U Pull It 1300 Stock Cars

14 William Wallace
36 Charlie Henry
42 Jake Wilson
67 Craig Haxton
75 Mike Courts
111 Regan Watson
113 Dean Sievwright
118 Kenneth Scollon
126 Danny Whyte
167 Sam Cavanagh
188 Jamie Stewart
315 Graham Campbell*
357 Craig Warner
410 Callum Sturrock
411 Brant West
424 Bryce Kempson
610 Kai McNulty
614 Shaz Law
638 Darren Rae
668 Fraser Clark
808 Bobby Gold
835 Blair Robertson

National Hot Rods

17 Robert McDonald
21 Ethan Doull
58 Alex Wilson
71 Gordon Alexander
76 Adam Maxwell
252 James Robertson
320 Darren Scott
330 Ross McWilliam
629 John Sibbald
700 Ian Donaldson
795 Alan Kirkaldy

Van Bangers

46 Barry Jarman
88 William Stawiarski
97 Rhory Smith
99 Lee Clarke
180 Sean McConnachie
231 Grant Barker
323 Kieran Tweed
687 James Slater
755 Paul Barron
883 Chris Thomson

Whilst care is taken to compile booking lists, Hardie Race Promotions cannot be held responsible for any drivers failing to fulfil bookings.

Admission Costs

Adults: £15
Concessions: £12
10-15yrs: £7
Under 10s GO FREE with paying adult

Trackside parking available subject to availability at £5 per car.
Large free onsite car park available, with overflow on the drift track if required.

Wristbands cannot be purchased from the drivers sign in office.

Parking Layout

Previous Race Previews

Micro Banger DD Championship and Caravan Chaos
Juniors Take Centre Stage
Van Bangers Return
Saturday 8th June
June Speed Weekend
Micro Bangers BWC QR1 Event Preview
18th May
11th May Preview
May 4th Preview
April 27th Preview
Saturday 20th April Preview
2024 National Hot Rod Weekend Preview
April 6th Preview
Youngsters Set To Shine In Easter Event
Ninjas Set For Debut with almost 30 1300 Stock Cars
Southern Invasion In Rookie Bangers
A Fantastic Night In Prospect
Youngsters Look To Shine
Season Opener Preview
Michelle Freck Memorial Preview
Van Banger Scottish Championship 2023
Fast and Furious Fridays
Saturday 21st October
October Speed Weekend Preview
Double Header Scottish Championship

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