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Murdoch Claims Walsh Memorial

Murdoch Claims Walsh Memorial

Race Results: Saturday 25th February
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1300 Stock Cars
Heat 1: 638, 715, 17, 68, 410, 924, 411, 916, 88, 849
Heat 2: 410, 638, 924, 715, 68, 916, 17, 502, 88, 16
Final: 733, 715, 22, 111, 924, 638, 916, 17, 410, 502

Stock Rods
Heat 1: 555, 25, 27, 13, 248, 252, 671, 11, 289, 44
Heat 2: 27, 252, 25, 13, 721, 555, 248, 98, 289, 44
Final: 25, 27, 252, 248, 721, 98, 11, 555, 44, 289
H2 - 13&25 Docked 2 places for jump starts

National Hot Rods
Heat 1: 142, 330, 71, 72, 320, 36, 555
Heat 2: 142, 71, 330, 72, 320, 700, 36, 555
Final: 330, 71, 72, 142, 320, 36, 700

Van Bangers
Shaun Walsh Memorial: 245, 883, 13, 99, 203
Heat 1: 245, 13, 203, 14
DD: 13

Murdoch Claims Walsh Memorial
It was a cold start to the 2023 season at Lochgelly Raceway, but there were a lot of positive talking points throughout the event.

The Stock Rods seen young Jack MacLeod take victory in his first ever Stock Rod race – storming clear from the outset to take a commanding victory. Jack’s success in the formula at his first event owes a lot to the current state of the Junior Production formula – which now seems to be breeding a crop of talented drivers that will comfortably make the step up into the senior formula, which only bodes well for the future of the sport. After winning the opening heat of the night, Jack found himself starting at the back of his grade in heat 2, where the going was a little tougher, but Jack still managed to perform admirably, keeping a host of experienced drivers on their toes throughout. The meeting final was a similar occurrence, with Jack having a brilliant race with Darren McAlpine and David Crichton, with the three drivers crossing the line within a couple of cars lengths of each other.

The Stock Rod formula seen Siobhan Martin rise to the top yet again – as she crossed the line first in the two remaining races, including the meeting final. However, she would be demoted a couple of places in the second heat, following a perceived jump start, elevating Gary Dean into first place. It was great to see several new drivers enter the formula in addition to the aforementioned Jack MacLeod. Shane Allen faired best of the rest of the newcomers, with Callum Elliott, Brandon Gourlay, Kyle Hutchison, Kris Simpson and Tam Brown finding their feet throughout the evening.

The 1300 Stock Cars have been consistently one of the best performing formula in Scotland in recent years, and Saturday was no exception. Jack Walls made his stock car debut, and found the going a little tougher than he probably expected – coming away with some repairs to carry out on his car before the next outing in a few weeks time. Ivan Elliot was a welcome visitor from Northern Ireland, and provided some good form, getting in amongst the action. Darren Rae took a win in the opening heat of the night, before Callum Sturrock took victory in heat 2. The talking point of the night though would be for young Ryan Wilson – a driver that had only raced online, and provided some race commentary beforehand. Wilson was out in the Kyle Hegg hire car, and it looked like he had years of experience prior. A fantastic drive in the final seen him claim victory ahead of Kyle Hegg, with Hegg just outside lunging distance come the last lap. Steven Gold took a third place finish in the meeting final behind the HRD cars.

The National Hot Rods took to the track for the first time in 2023, in the first of the remaining 6 World Series rounds ahead of the World Final in July at Ipswich Spedeweekend. Sponsorship for the meeting was put up by Sibbald Training Ltd, with a tyre being presented to a driver after the meeting final. William Hardie showed off his new livery and re-worked car for the first time, whilst Gordon Alexander made a return to action following a lay off due to injury. James Mooney couldn’t have asked for a better start to the 2023 year as he swept to two heat wins, despite some major issues towards the end of heat 1 where something appeared to blow up in the closing laps! Ross McWilliam continued his battle to retain his silver roof, taking away three top three finishes for his efforts, including a win in the meeting final. Gordon Alexander showed some great pace on his return to action, with some brilliant battles with William Hardie and James Mooney throughout the evening. With McWilliam taking a relatively comfortable race win in the meeting final, the battle between Hardie and Alexander for second place wasn’t quite so straight forward. Hardie seemed to have the pace on the exit of the corners as he opened up a gap to Alexander, whilst Alexander looked to have the pace at the end of the straight and into the corners. Despite looking quicker, Alexander wasn’t able to mount a continuous challenge on Hardie, though he did manage to claim second place on the final lap of the race, following an unfortunate coming together ahead of him involving Hardie and the back marker car of Ross Alexander. Alexander appeared to veer from the outside of the track in turn 2, heading towards the infield, but it appears, didn’t see the oncoming Hardie and Alexander battle behind him. Hardie ran into the Alexander car despite his best efforts to avoid him – with the coming together then seeing Alexander run into the rear end of Hardie with nowhere to go. A damaged Hardie car limped home in third place, finishing just ahead of James Mooney.

The Van Bangers were racing for the Shaun Walsh Memorial event, which Chris Thomson was keen to retain for yet another year, and looked in good shape to be able to do so, before a race stoppage closed up the pack, enabling Zak Murdoch to close in on him. Murdoch has been known to win a race or two in van bangers at Lochgelly in recent years, and felt he could take the race to Thomson once the race re-commenced. Within a lap, Murdoch was pushing Thomson, and managed to get the move done before another caution for an overturned van. As the race re-started, Murdoch got the break, and didn’t look back as he took victory ahead of ‘Tamson’ and Chris Watson. Lee Clarke was the one that had spectators talking, as he showed up in a rotten Ice Cream van – which was duly reduced in size during the meeting courtesy of William Stawiarski. Murdoch would take another win in Heat 1, before Chris Watson took the DD win.

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Previous Meeting Results

24/02/24 - Jarman Wins In Memorial Event
11/11/23 - Brant Wins Memorial In Excellent Night of Racing
04/11/23 - Barron Takes Van Scottish
27/10/23 - Stewart In Form To Win Mr Gunn Event
21/10/23 - Chalmers In Autism Awareness Victory
14/10/23 - McConnachie and Hardie Take The Titles
07/10/23 - Adams and Dean Claim Scottish Titles
30/09/23 - Rae Wins the McNicoll Memorial
23/09/23 - Smith Takes Banger Wildcard
16/09/23 - Brown Retains Scottish
09/09/23 - Cunningham Claims CCR Scottish
02/09/23 - Clark Wins 1300 Scottish
26/08/23 - World Titles go to Northern Ireland
19/08/23 - Wright Retains The Saltire
12/08/23 - Shevill Claims Ninja Scottish
05/08/23 - Quinn Retains The Scottish
29/07/23 - 29th July Results
22/07/23 - Green claims the Masters
15/07/23 - Murray Takes The British
24/06/23 - Unlimiteds Pull The Crowd
16/06/23 - Friday 16th June
10/06/23 - Livingston at the Treble
03/06/23 - 1300s Shine in Euro Championship
27/05/23 - Saturday 27th May Results
20/05/23 - Carberry On Top of the World
12/05/23 - Clark at the Treble
06/05/23 - Henry at the double in chaotic 1300 stock cars
29/04/23 - 29th April
22/04/23 - McDonald In European Glory
15/04/23 - Ritchie Takes Hat Trick In Ministox
08/04/23 - Results 8th April
01/04/23 - Bell Dominates On Final Meeting
25/03/23 - Buchan Takes Hat-Trick In Classical Style
17/03/23 - Stav Dominates In Wet Conditions
11/03/23 - Alexander makes it 2 out of 2 in 2023
04/03/23 - Cunningham takes a hat-trick
25/02/23 - Murdoch Claims Walsh Memorial
30/12/22 - Wet and Wild Night
12/11/22 - Hegg Claims Freck Memorial
05/11/22 - Vans Delight In Destruction Derby
28/10/22 - Hegg Retains Gunn Trophy
22/10/22 - 22nd Oct Results
15/10/22 - Gurney Rocks The World
08/10/22 - Brown Takes Hot Rod Scottish
01/10/22 - Ina Retains ProStock World
24/09/22 - Kidd Takes Glory
17/09/22 - New Scottish Champions Crowned
10/09/22 - Forrest Retains The Masters
03/09/22 - Robertson takes epic Scottish
27/08/22 - Johnston Takes the Saltire
20/08/22 - Adams takes Gibson Memorial
12/08/22 - An Eventful Friday Evening
06/08/22 - Korben Takes 1600 Banger Scottish
30/07/22 - Rochford takes glory in World Final
23/07/22 - Wet and Wild at Lochgelly Raceway
16/07/22 - 16th July Results
24/06/22 - Friday Night Storms - Results
18/06/22 - Eventful Rods 18th June
11/06/22 - Roff and Crawford Take Glory
03/06/22 - Friday Night Thunder
28/05/22 - Bangers Entertain at Lochgelly
21/05/22 - Cup Cars Shine at Lochgelly Raceway
14/05/22 - 14th May Results
30/04/22 - 30th April Results
07/05/22 - An Action Packed Evening
23/04/22 - Results 23/4/2022
16/04/22 - Gilmour at the Double 16-04
09/04/22 - 9th April 22 - Results
02/04/22 - An Epic Weekend of Racing
26/03/22 - New Winners In Juniors
19/03/22 - Smart Hat Trick
12/03/22 - Drama in 1300 Final - 12th March
05/03/22 - 5th March Results
26/02/22 - Thomson Wins Walsh Memorial
13/11/21 - Gilmour Takes Freck Memorial
06/11/21 - Huge Crowd Wowed By Van Bangers
29/10/21 - English Run Riot In Ministox
23/10/21 - Riddell Takes The Scottish
16/10/21 - Connor Steals The Show in Ninja Karts
09/10/21 - Byram Takes The Glory In World Cup Chaos
02/10/21 - Ninja Shine On Drab Night
25/09/21 - Walle and Christie Take The Honours
10/09/21 - Rae on the double as he returns to action
04/09/21 - Pearce Retains Gold In The Race Of The Decade
28/08/21 - McAlpine Scoops Scottish
21/08/21 - Bomber Wins Memorial
14/08/21 - Hegg Dominates As He Claims Scottish Title
07/08/21 - Frame Returns To Win Memorial Event
30/07/21 - Friday Night Results
24/07/21 - Kingsnorth at the Double
17/07/21 - McWillam Scoops Hat Trick
25/06/21 - Bangers Friday Night Delight
19/06/21 - Dillon Wins Shaun Walsh Memorial
12/06/21 - Tyson takes dramatic Ninja Euro
05/06/21 - Titles Goto Northern Ireland
29/05/21 - May Ends With A Bang
22/05/21 - Murray Takes Nationals Euro
15/05/21 - Ballantine Runs Out Of Luck 15th May 2021
08/05/21 - Pitcaithly Takes Stock Rod Final
01/05/21 - Saturday 1st May Results
07/11/20 - Sangster Dominates In Van Scottish
31/10/20 - Gourlay Takes CC Scottish With Touching Tribute
24/10/20 - Clark Takes The Gunn Trophy
17/10/20 - Mackie takes Hot Rod Scottish
10/10/20 - Reynolds Takes The Gold
03/10/20 - Rapid Racing at Lochgelly
26/09/20 - McConnachie Takes The Scottish
19/09/20 - Double Scottish Results
12/09/20 - Saturday 12th September Results
05/09/20 - September Weekend Results
29/08/20 - Saturday 29th August Report
22/08/20 - Double Rollovers In Stock Car Actions
15/08/20 - Bell Takes A Double
07/08/20 - Burgoyne Takes The Final As Minis Shine
01/08/20 - Kopacz at the double
25/07/20 - Back with a Thud!
14/03/20 - Ford At The Double In 1300 Stock Cars
07/03/20 - Hat Trick of Hat Tricks - 7th March 2020
29/02/20 - 2020 Season Opener
09/11/19 - Van Bangers Delight The Crowd at Season Finale

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