Hegg Dominates As He Claims Scottish Title
Hegg Dominates As He Claims Scottish Title
Race Results: Saturday 14th August
Heat 1: 7, 142, 699, 612, 172, 647, 165, 627, 50, 68
Heat 2: 142, 172, 165, 3, 352, 612, 68, 7, 167, 627
Final: 7,1 42, 172, 3, 647, 612, 165, 858, 88, 352 2.0 Hot Rods
Heat 1: 144, 662, 178, 668, 529, 23, 26, 217, 309, 107
Heat 2: 529, 23, 178, 26, 662, 107, 147, 144, 668, 309
Final: 23, 529, 178, 26, 107, 668, 144, 147, 309, 662 CC Rods
Heat 1: 133, 138, 671, 703, 473, 337, 506, 289, 171, 170
Heat 2: 138, 133, 473, 750, 337, 171, 170, 671, 506, 289
Final: 138, 171, 133, 289, 170, 506, 337, 703, 76, 98 ProStocks
Heat 1: 122, 55, 170, 134, 162, 182, 672, 579, 639
Heat 2: 122, 694, 307, 170, 55, 672, 579, 134, 182, 639
Final: 122, 694, 170, 55, 162, 182, 304, 674 1300 Stock Cars
Scottish Championship: 715, 100, 125, 18, 124, 99, 188, 9, 314, 6
Heat 1: 715, 100, 199, 255, 125, 668, 833, 18, 835, 9
Heat 2: 715, 668, 100, 410, 833, 835, 314, 199, 46, 88
It was a truly superb night of racing on Saturday at Lochgelly Raceway, with each of the five formula in action providing excellent racing on a dry night. The large crowd watched in delight as the drivers put on an excellent showing, from start to finish.
The 1300 Stock Cars took centre stage as they battled it out for the 2021 Scottish Championship – being defended by Fraser Clark. A fantastic 36 Scottish drivers took to the track for the Scottish Championship. A grand parade welcomed the drivers, and as they came out on track, a live grid draw commenced, with each driver picking their starting slot out of the hat as they came on track. The atmosphere grew around the stadium, in anticipation for the grid forming, and the rolling lap commencing to the perfectly apt, We Will Rock You song! Regan Watson led the cars around from pole position, with National Points Champion and former Scottish Champion Sean Naismith on his outside, with brother Rory Naismith just behind him!! The green flag dropped to signal the start of the race, and it was Sean and Rory Naismith who led the way in the opening laps – the two brothers having a good battle amongst themselves whilst the rest of the pack behind battled it out superbly. Cars were spinning all around the raceway, parked against the wall, with bumpers going in on each and every lap throughout the 20 lap race. Euan Mathieson and Kyle Hegg were the two making the most progress – with Mathieson coming from 28th on the grid, and Hegg from 18th. A yellow flag caution would bunch the cars up and the Naismith’s would see their lead deteriorate away. Andrew Mathieson and Patrick Calderwood were soon right up and on the lead cars back bumpers, with Jamie Stewart and Kyle Hegg just behind. Naismith got the perfect start as he quickly opened up a bit of breathing space before coming up amongst the back markers again, though navigated his way through them superbly. Behind him, Kyle Hegg was making progress – avoiding the carnage happening around him, and soon found himself in second place, trying his utmost to chase down leader Sean Naismith. With the lap boards out, it appeared that Naismith had the lead, and the pace to maintain the gap to the 715 car, but with only a lap to go, Martin McCaffery found himself stranded across the track on the entrance to turn 3, with a damaged car unable to drive or reverse to safety!! A yellow flag was called, with 1 lap to go. The front three of Naismith, Hegg and Clark were all on each others bumper. The green flag came out, and the race re-commenced for 1 final lap. The front three cars got away perfectly, and as the careered down the back straight for the final time, Hegg went in with the bumper on the Naismith car to move into the lead of the race. Clark briefly moved into 2nd place, though a coming together with Naismith yards from the line, seen him Clark spin around and fail to cross the line – the oncoming pack swerved to avoid him, Euan Mathieson came home in 3rd place, with Andrew Mathieson and Patrick Calderwood crossing the line near side by side, with Calderwood getting the 4th place finish. A delighted Kyle Hegg celebrated his win, but commiserations must go to Sean Naismith who led almost start to finish! The following 2 races for the 1300 Stock Cars again, provided some great racing, with Kyle Hegg making it a perfect night as he swept to a hat trick of race wins. The final points scoring meeting ahead of the World Final takes place this Saturday night, and it promises to provide fireworks – Just a handful of points separate Hegg and Clark at the top of the points charts, and both drivers will be eager to claim the silver roof for the year ahead!!
The Ministox provided yet another entertaining evening of racing – with Charlie Hardie and Jake Wilson continuing to be the dominant drivers of late – with Scott Allardyce seemingly going through a rough patch since he won the Scottish Championship less than one month ago. We have no doubt that Scott will turn it around, and will be back on the pace shortly, but will find closing the gap at the top of the National Points Championship a struggle now, with Hardie showing consistency with his results. Jay Carruthers has been a stand out performer recently – picking up good points hauls for his efforts, and continued that on Saturday night, before a trip over the infield kerbs caused some damage to his car resulting in a DNF in the 2nd and 3rd races of the night. Rian Mitchell took away another couple of trophies, as his confidence continues to rise as he makes a return to regular racing. A 2nd and a 3rd place finish will delight the Mitchell team, though the star of the night was certainly Maddison Gilmour. She seemed to come of age in the formula on Saturday night, and battle excellently to 2 4th place finishes. Something I’m sure she’ll be keen to further improve on in the weeks to come!
The 2.0 Hot Rods welcomed World Champion James Morris as a visiting driver, and he again showed great pace around Lochgelly Raceway – taking the final win away with him for his efforts. National Points Champion Cameron Willacy took a race win in the opening heat, finishing ahead of Keith Chesher – who really seems to be enjoying his time in the 2.0 Hot Rod of late, and Mark Dews – who had his best meeting in the formula since joining them early in the season. With very little between the drivers, it is no surprise to see three different race winners in the formula, and that again happened on Saturday night. Jason Secker took another race win, and his first win from red grade in the class, taking the flag in heat 2 ahead of World Champion James Morris. The battle at the top of the track championship is now as tight as it ever has been – with only a handful of meetings left in the 2021 campaign – everything is still to race for!!
The ProStocks were out in action for the first time this month at Lochgelly Raceway, and Ian Christie showed off the Gold roof for the first time, having won the title last weekend at Cowdenbeath. Ian put in some strong performances from the back of the field, taking away to 3rd place finishes for his efforts on the night, whilst John Jackson swept to a hat trick of race wins, which will see him move back up the grades for his next meeting!! Grady Ross debuted a new car last weekend, and it showed good pace here at Lochgelly Raceway, as he finished in 2nd in 2 of his 3 races. There were debuts in the formula for Becki Ritchie and Tiffany Mills – Mills out in the Darren Rae car, whilst Ritchie was out in her new pink machine.
The CC Rods were the final formula in action, and provided some good close racing throughout the night. Dylan O’Donnell continued where he left off last time, taking another race win in the opening heat of the night. With Chris Hutchison finishing 2nd, in what was a rare outing for the 138 pilot. Hutchison would go onto take a heat and final double win for his efforts – which will see him move up the grades as a result. The drivers behaved mostly well throughout the night, with little in the way of incidents, though there were 1 or 2 talking points for the race stewards to make a decision over.
We are back in action this Saturday night, with the Back 2 Basics Scottish Championship taking place, as well as some ramp races for the formula!! The 1300 Stock Car Craig McNicoll Memorial takes place, whilst the ProStocks and 2.0 Hot Rods are also in attendance.
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