Murray Takes Nationals Euro
Murray Takes Nationals Euro
Race Results: Saturday 22nd May
Saturday 22nd May 2021 Ministox
Heat 1: 84, 7, 178, 142, 612, 165, 59, 352, 172, 68
Heat 2: 84, 142, 145, 178, 612, 59, 165, 172, 7, 167
Final: 50, 84, 178, 145, 59, 60, 167, 622, 165, 612 Classic Hot Rods
Heat 1: 72, 17, 45, 58, 871, 26, 44, 70, 195, 888
Heat 2: 17, 45, 871, 70, 58, 26, 195, 44
Scottish: 45, 871, 17, 26, 119, 93, 58, 70, 888, 195 National Hot Rods
Heat 1: 305, 162, 174, 54, 70, 115, 17, 330, 75, 629
Heat 2: 115, 54, 70, 20, 330, 174, 75, 42, 95, 524
European Championship: 70, 174, 54, 305, 17, 20, 330, 524, 42, 71 Stock Rods
Heat 1: 721, 944, 911, 25, 658, 27, 232, 248, 258, 46
Heat 2: 911, 18, 473, 62, 248, 91, 658, 25, 944, 27
Final: 944, 911, 721, 25, 358, 91, 258, 27, 248, 46 Sunday 23rd May 2021 Ministox
Heat 1: 165, 50, 622, 172, 612, 167, 145, 647, 88, 352
Heat 2: 7, 50, 145, 165, 484, 178, 647, 167, 14, 59
Final: 14, 145, 178, 50, 7, 622, 59, 84, 88, 675 National Hot Rods
Heat 1: 162, 54, 75, 20, 70, 17, 305, 629, 95, 115
Heat 2: 71, 95, 20, 305, 330, 70, 162, 17, 629, 115
Scottish / Malcolm Chesher Memorial: 20, 162, 17, 95, 330, 71, 142 Classic Hot Rods
Heat 1: 119, 17, 72, 93, 45, 26, 70, 162, 888, 44
Heat 2: 45, 119, 17, 72, 93, 26, 70, 162, 44, 195
Malcolm Chesher Memorial: 119, 45, 17, 72, 26, 162, 195, 44 1300 Stock Cars
Heat 1: 46, 126, 668, 255, 125, 188, 638, 99, 18, 357
Heat 2: 125, 46, 99, 668, 255, 715, 638, 17, 75, 410
Final: 668, 715, 125, 357, 255, 638, 18, 126, 46, 853 Stock Rods
Heat 1: 911, 62, 248, 721, 91, 25, 944, 258, 18, 27
Heat 2: 911, 87, 91, 62, 658, 258, 473, 27, 46, 721
Lochgelly Masters: 91, 658, 944, 27, 25, 46, 721, 473, 87, 18
Despite the uncertainty amid the current restrictions in place around the United Kingdom, Hardie Race Promotions were delighted with how our first major championship played out with some excellent racing on show across the two action packed days. The premier of non-contact oval racing motorsport, the National Hot Rods, took centre stage as they battled it out for their 2021 European Championship!! Jason Kew, a visitor here a couple of weeks ago, finally got the chance to try and defend the title he won back in 2019, though would have a host of the sports top drivers trying to snatch that title away from him!
Saturday afternoon seen 2 reverse grid heats formed based on a random draw to determine the starting positions for heat 1. Former European Champion Carl Waller-Barrett drew pole position for the opening race of the night, with former World Champion Billy Wood alongside him on the front row! As the green flag dropped for the first National Hot Rod race of the day, Scotsman Gordon Alexander got an electric start from his row 3 position and was up alongside the 2nd row drivers before they entered turn one as he looked to move into 3rd place as soon as possible, however, his dreams were quickly dashed after becoming tangled with Lance Bowen. This forced both cars wide with Perry Cooke caught up on the outside as well, with Gavin Murray also being caught up. As the 4 cars exited turn 2, Shane Bland was also on the back bumper of those tangled, with the resulting push seeing Alexander and Murray spin across the raceway. The resulting coming together seen Alexander, Murray, Cooke and Bowen all exit the race, with Bland joining them on the sidelines. Upon the restart, Waller-Barrett and Billy Wood ensued on an epic race to the flag, with Wood coming out on top, Waller-Barrett finishing second, with reigning champ Kew finishing 3rd! Heat 2 of the evening seen the grid flipped which meant Derek Martin started on the front row of the grid, with Shane Murray and Chris Haird just behind. As the green flag dropped, it was Derek Martin who found himself in the lead of the race with Shane Murray behind. As the race wore on, Martin had opened up a small gap to Murray and the pack behind and looked set to take the win, had it not been for getting run out wide by a back marker. This enabled Murray to sneak through into first position, and despite the best efforts of Derek Martin, he was unable to retake the lead in the closing laps. However, both cars were deemed to have been rolling before the green flag, which resulted in a jump start penalty, which then promoted former European Champion Chris Haird up into 1st place, with another former Champion, Adam Hylands elevated up into 2nd place, and Murray down into 3rd. With the qualifying heats completed, it was down to the computer to determine the grid for the 2021 DPC National Hot Rods European Championship. A mouth watering grid ensued with champions and former champions occupying the majority of the first few rows of the grid! Hylands had qualified pole position, with Haird outside. Behind them sat Shane Murray and Jason Kew, with Billy Wood, Derek Martin, Ross McWilliam, Carl Waller-Barrett and Robert McDonald occupying the rows behind. Two atmosphere building laps proceeded the green flag as those lucky enough to get a ticket watched on in anticipation. It was Hylands who made his move first as he looked to make the most of his pole position starting slot. Shane Murray was next off the mark as both himself and Jason Kew moved to pass the Chris Haird car. Haird suddenly found himself back the order within the first couple of laps of racing. Murray pushed Hylands hard, tried and almost succeeded on a number of occasions to make his move around the outside of the 54 car, but couldn’t quite make it stick. As the lead 2 continued to battle, the pack behind began to close up. Jason Kew and Billy Wood were soon hovering in anticipation, waiting on a mistake from one of the lead two cars. Murray continued to press as hard as he could over the 40 lap race, however, it wasn’t to be as Hylands superbly held on to cross the line first in the 2021 National Hot Rod European Championship, with just over 1 second splitting the top 4 cars as they crossed the line! However, despite Hylands being jubilant, it was deemed that he had set off racing too soon and was then demoted down to third position. The result was then announced with the top three of Murray, Kew and Hylands in what was an incredible night of racing from the National Hot Rods.
Day 2 of action seen a few cars drop out of the running as the Nationals contested the 2021 Scottish Championship – a title held by Adam Hylands. In a similar format to that on the Saturday night, 2 reverse grid heats were formed – Heat 1 seen pole position occupied by Stuart McLaird, with Terry Hunn alongside, and 2 former European Champions behind – Waller-Barrett and Hylands. It was these 2, that had a phenomenal race from almost start to finish. Hylands had led the way in the early stages, though became under pressure from Waller-Barrett with Waller-Barrett soon trying the outside line. The pair battled side by side for the best part of the race, with so much respect given between the drivers not to force each other off line or over kerbs. As the crowd watched on, all eyes were on this scintillating battle, and finally, Waller-Barrett in the 162 car managed to make the move stick and moved over to the inside line as soon as it was clear to do so to take the lead of the race! Waller-Barret took the win with Hylands finishing second, and Carl Sloan in the 75 car rounding out the top three. Heat 2 of the night seen Gordon Alexander sit on pole position with Phillip McCloy on his outside, with Gavin Murray and Billy Wood behind on row 2. As the green flag dropped, Martin slotted into 2nd place with Wood and Derek Martin falling in behind. Martin looked to get his nose up the inside of Wood to try and claim third place, though Wood lit up his back tyres on the exit of turn 3 which seen his car cross over the white line on the track into the path of the oncoming Derek Martin – as the cars entered the corner, Martin and Wood were in close succession, with Wood running into the back of the Gavin Murray car, forcing him offline. Billy Wood settled into 2nd position and was hot on the heels of leader Gordon Alexander as he looked to challenge for the lead, though didn’t quite have the pace and soon lost some ground to the lead car as the pack behind also closed in. Alexander took the win with Wood crossing the line in 2nd and Murray in 3rd. A video review though proceeded which seen Wood demoted a couple of places as a result of the incident at the beginning of the race! The meeting final – the 2021 Scottish Championship / Malcolm Chesher Memorial Race again seen the grid formed based on the points scored from the previous 2 heats. Derek Martin and Carl Waller-Barrett were the pace setters from the outset and soon were lapping the majority of the field, though a number of cars had pulled off onto the infield during the race. Waller-Barrett put up a brave fight to stay with and challenge the Derek Martin car, though couldn’t quite sustain a challenge that would see him move into the lead, with his best opportunities coming as the negotiated the back markers. World Champion Robert McDonald finished in a distant third position.
The eye-catching Classic Hot Rods battled for there own Scottish Championship on the Saturday with 2 reverse grid heats forming the grid for the main race itself. Dan Buckley was in excellent form, but transponder issues seen him lose his places before borrowing a transponder for the Scottish Championship event. Gary Goodswen opened up proceedings with a race win in the first race with Scotsman Kenny Purdie awarded second position, and Craig Boyd in third. Heat 2 seen Purdie battle his way to victory, with the flying Craig Boyd bringing his car home in 2nd position – Scotsman Graeme Callendar rounded out the top three. The meeting final seen the two favourites occupy the front row – Kenny Purdie and Craig Boyd. As the green flag dropped, it was Purdie who got away first and into the lead, forcing Boyd to be the challenger, and challenge he certainly did! Lap after lap Boyd challenged, looked inside, outside, inside again to try and find an opening. Purdie used all his experience to hold off the nimble 45 machine, and perhaps became a little too defensive in the closing stages as Boyd snuck his nose up the inside on the exit of turn 2, with Purdie slamming the door shut! That move seen Purdie retain the lead, however, would later be punished by the race steward which seen Purdie demoted to third position, with Boyd retaining the Scottish Championship!! Sunday seen the Classics back with us for another bout of racing, this time with the much sought after Malcolm Chesher Memorial up for grabs. Dan Buckley – who now had a working transponder took the opening race of the afternoon, with Scottish Champion Craig Boyd taking the following heat. Buckley added to his heat win as he claimed the Malcolm Chesher Memorial in the final race of the afternoon for the Classic Hot Rods – Boyd finished second, with Purdie just behind Boyd.
The Stock Rods battled for their inaugural Lochgelly Masters over the 2 days with the combined results determining the grid for the Masters race on the Sunday afternoon. Jim Pitcaithly fell foul of the race steward for excessive contact and was disqualified in the opening heat of the night. Shane McMillan crossed the line first, though was also demoted to third for contact with Darren McALpine then inheriting the victory in the opening race of the day for the Stock Rods. Ulster drivers Shane McMillan and Derek McMillan would then take the proceeding races, with Derek McMillan taking the Crane Transport sponsored tyre as the final winner on the Saturday night. Sunday seen another excellent day of racing from the Stock Rods, with Shane McMillan adding to his tally of wins for the weekend – taking 2 heats on the Sunday, before Jim Pitcaithly took the meeting final and the inaugural Lochgelly Masters, with a tyre put up by Lee Smart Racing as well. Chris Lattka and Derek McMillan rounded out the top three in what is the final meeting for the Stock Rods ahead of their European Championship in just 2 weeks time (5th June).
The Ministox featured on both days and provided some excellent, hard and eventful racing!!! A number of yellow flag stoppages seen a few delays to the racing, but the on track action from the youngsters was nothing short of excellent with 27 cars in attendance each day!! Robbie Armit took a double heat win on the Saturday, before Ethan Gemmell took an excellent final victory, finishing ahead of Armit and Scott Allardyce. Sunday, seen much of the same, with even more thrills and spills from the youngsters, which seen Jake Wilson go for a bit of a ride, resulting in his car rolling over onto its side and back onto its wheels! Charlie Hardie took the opening race win before seeing it taken from him for a transponder issue, with Jamie Dawson inheriting the race win, much to Hardie’s disappointment. Hardie made amends in heat 2 as he stormed to victory. Newcomer in 2021, Demi Ritchie claimed a super victory in the final, finishing ahead of fellow female racer Rachel Kidd, with Scott Allardyce rounding out the top three yet again.
The 1300 Stock Cars joined in on the action on Sunday afternoon, with around 25 cars taking to the track. Barry Jarman was out with us having blown his engine at the last outing, and was bang back on form, taking a race win in the opening race, before adding a second place finish in the second race of the night. Jacob Roff crossed the line first in the meeting final, though was set to be docked for a jump start, before he got out of his car at the end of the race, which seen him disqualified from the result. This gave Fraser Clark the race win, with Kyle Hegg – debuting his new car – finishing in second, and Euan Mathieson claiming third place.
We are back in action this Saturday night, with the Back 2 Basics Bangers in action, alongside the Superstox, Junior Productions, Ninja Karts and CC Rods.
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