Pitcaithly Takes Stock Rod Final
Pitcaithly Takes Stock Rod Final
Race Results: Saturday 8th May
National Hot Rods
Heat 1: 174, 71, 17, 330, 54, 629, 142
Heat 2: 174, 330, 71, 17, 54, 629, 142
Final: 174, 71, 17, 54, 330, 629 Stock Rods
Heat 1: 18, 25, 91, 87, 27, 721, 263, 248, 232, 327
Heat 2: 91, 25, 721, 18, 248, 27, 473, 46, 232, 263
Final: 91, 25, 721, 87, 248, 46, 263, 27, 46, 327, 54 Ninja Karts
White and Yellows: 136, 117, 703, 147, 75, 542, 529, 274
Heat 1: 174, 66, 888, 6, 45, 809, 136, 929, 74, 703
Heat 2: 174, 901, 136, 6, 74, 721, 133, 126, 929
Heat 3: 6, 901, 929, 721, 174, 809, 133, 45, 703, 74 1300 Stock Cars
Heat 1: 18, 124, 668, 125, 17, 143, 357, 188, 126, 75
Heat 2: 124, 715, 668, 255, 638, 17, 126, 18, 75, 710
Final: 125, 668, 17, 18, 357, 638, 255, 143, 126, 833 Ministox
Heat 1: 178, 60, 612, 647, 84, 172, 165, 88, 145, 50
Heat 2: 145, 14, 59, 484, 50, 178, 84, 699, 612, 167
Final: 145, 484, 84, 59, 612, 60, 178, 647, 172, 699 Micro Bangers
Heat 1: 166, 783, 935, 159, 760, 92
Heat 2: 166, 159, 760, 92
Final: 783, 159, 166, 623, 935
Another fantastic evening of stock car race with a frantic line up of events were held at Lochgelly Raceway on Saturday 8th May. A brave six formula line up seen the need for a slick turnaround by the on track team in order to ensure the event finished ahead of our 10pm deadline.
The youngsters in the Ninja Karts made their first outing of the campaign with a host of newcomers taking to the track amongst the 24 karts in action. Shaun Boyle was quickest off the mark as he stormed to a commanding victory in the Ninja Karts whites and yellows event, with Caelan Grant finishing second, just ahead of Cameron Mason in the 703 kart. The first main race of the night for the youngsters seen a large amount of Blue and Red graded drivers get added into the mix in damp and greasy conditions. A fast paced race, given the conditions, seen it go the wire as the youngsters battled til the end – Hamish Plenderleith, Dougie Kidd, and Eevie Ford and Clark Ferris crossed the line within only a couple of karts length of each other as they battled it out for second place, behind Finley Kew. It was Ferris who took second place, with Ford claiming third following the docking of Dougie Kidd on the last corner as he looked to overtake Plenderleith for the final podium position. Candice Smart was in excellent form throughout the night, despite failing to finish the opening race, she went onto pick up 2 second place finishes in the remaining races! Englishman Finley Kew took a further heat win in the second heat of the night, having overcame early pace setter Candice Smart following a yellow flag stoppage after Eevie Ford clattered the wall with some force. Smart however, finished in an excellent 2nd place, with rising start Shaun Boyle rounding out the top 3, as the rest of the pack diced for positions throughout the race. Leyton Hughes battled his way through to the front of the pack in the final race of the night for the UKMC sponsored Ninja Karts event, to take the chequered flag, however, following a video review of the race later, was demoted 2 places for contact, which promotes Hamish Plenderleith into the race winner position, with Candice Smart up into 2nd place. Kenzie Bell brought his kart home in fourth position, whilst Kew could only munster up a 5th place on this occasion after a coming together midway through the race. A special mention to our newcomers, Calvin Courts, Rayah Burns, Louie Hendry, Josh Duffy and Riley Mason who all came through their first meeting without any major dramas.
The 1300 Stock Cars were out in numbers with over 25 cars taking to the track for the opening heat of the night. Gregor Whyte had an evening to forget with his car coming to a halt in the opening race of the night, before suffering substantial damage in the 2nd race after a big push from 188 Jamie Stewart – an incident that will no doubt be remembered in the forthcoming meetings! Patrick Calderwood took an impressive victory in the opening race of the night as he made the most of his good start as the pack behind battled it out. Andrew Mathieson returned to some form, bringing his car home in 2nd place, whilst Scottish Champion Fraser Clark brought his car home in 3rd place! Kyle Hegg will be cursing his luck having looked to have negotiated his way to a heat win only to be overtaken by Andrew Mathieson in the closing stages as the 715 car slowed to a halt as he exited turn 4 for the final time! Kyle did manage to nurse his way across the line to take second place, with Clark again finishing in third position. The meeting final seen Euan Mathieson change his steering wheel after having troubles with it in the opening 2 heats of the night – this change seen him able to drive the car with more ease and drove away into the distance to claim his first win in over a year in the formula. Kyle Hegg was looking to challenge for the lead, however, pulled off with a handful of laps remaining which took the pressure off of Euan up in front. Fraser Clark brought his car home in 2nd place, whilst returnee Stuart Farrell finished in an excellent third position.
The Stock Rods arguably had the race of the night with the meeting final being up there with some of the best of racing as the lead FOUR cars battled hard for the duration of the race! A change of formula over the winter seen Stewart Aitken make his debut in the class and was immediately on the pace, taking the opening race win ahead of National Points Champion Siobhan Martin. 2.0 Hot Rod National Points Champion Jim Pitcaithly continued his 2020 late season improvements as he brought his car home in a hat-trick of podium places – finishing 3rd in the opening heat, before claiming the chequred flag in heat 2 of the night. As previously referred too, the meeting final was nothing short of brilliant on a damp, oily track. Pitcaithly got away in the lead, closely followed by Siobhan Martin – the pair of them seemingly broke free of the pack before Siobhan really started to pressurise the Pitcaithly car who was receiving blue flags and defending the lead position for his life. With the lead 2 cars battling, this allowed Darren McAlpine and latterly, Paul Bell to close the gap on the battle for the lead with it quickly becoming a three – four car battle with Mcalpine and Bell looking to pick up the pieces should the lead 2 collide. Pitcaithly somehow managed to hold on, with Martin finishing hot on his bumper, with McAlpine trying a last lap move around the outside to try and snatch second – although a remarkable effort, he was unable to make the move stick and had to settle for third position, just ahead of the oncoming Paul Bell.
The National Hot Rods were in action for the only time ahead of the DPC European Championship on the 22nd and 23rd May. An opportunity arose for a number of drivers to join the Scottish drivers as they looked to give their cars the once over before the big event – Jason Kew – the reigning European Champion was in electric form, taking a hat trick of race wins. Ross McWilliam faired best of the Scottish series drivers as he took away a second place finish in the 2nd heat of the night. Gordon Alexander looks to have found a good wet setup, which seemingly improved as the night went on, with an excellent race in the final resulting in a 2nd place finish behind Kew, and just ahead of World Champion Robert McDonald and Adam Hylands.
As is always the case at Lochgelly Raceway, the Ministox never fail to entertain and Saturday night was no different as over 20 cars took to the track. HRP National Points and Track Champion Charlie Hardie had a difficult evening, picking up no points as he began his quest to defend his titles on home turf. Scott Allardyce took an excellent race win in the opening heat of the night, followed home by Bailey Millar and Jake Wilson – with the latter falling foul to the race steward as he jumped out of his car without permission which seen him disqualified and loaded for the rest of the evening! This promoted Jay Paterson up into third position as a result, despite him spinning across the line following a coming together with the cars around him! Heat 2 of the night seen an excellent performance from Rachel Kidd, who managed to make it back out on track following an big crash at Crimond the week before which resulted in a lot of damage to the car, and a lot of late nights by her team to get the car fixed ahead of this race meeting – Kidd took an excellent race win, with newcomer Demi Ritchie bringing her car home in 2nd place. Ritchie was in the thick of the action throughout the night having been spun around and crashed into in the first and final races!! Rachel Kidd continued her fine form, as she picked up the meeting final win as well, ahead of Dean Heeps and GMP track champion Robbie Armit.
The National Micro Bangers were out with around 20 cars in action – although a number didn’t make it beyond the first race of the night having seen quite a destructive first few laps, with a number falling foul to the ORCi ruling of getting out their cars at the end of the race, which seen a trio of drivers loaded for the infringement. Andy Armstrong was in excellent form, taking a double heat win and finished 2nd in the final, behind Ryan Jordan.
We are back in action this coming Saturday night with another excellent five formula line up! Ensure you join us (provided you have pre-booked your drive in viewing position) for a 5.30pm start!
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