Rochford takes glory in World Final
Rochford takes glory in World Final
Race Results: Saturday 30th July
Saturday 30th July 2.0 Hot Rods
Heat 1: 743, 308, 18, 303, 162, 107, 26, 5(35), 929, 310
Heat 2: 940, 178, 215, 21 H167, 75, 82, 668, 155, 162
Heat 3: 761, 977, 23, 144, 342, 929, 331, 529, 914, 745 Superstox
European Championship: 713, 309, 119, 515, 994, 935, 354, 903, 469, 171
Heat 1: 955, 925, 886, 776, 511, 515, 907, 119, 171, 935
Heat 2: 925, 469, 886, 515, 154, 776, 935, 955, 907, 171 1300 Stock Cars
Heat 1: 36, 327, 638, 77, 668, 715, 18, 411, 46, 06
Heat 2: 715, 668, 126, 411, 638, 06, 22, 255, 77, 46
Final: 111, 327, 77, 668, 667, 715, 06, 114, 113, 411 Ministox
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Heat 1: 647, 84, 145, 42, 165, 7, 172, 27, 014, 484
Heat 2: 84, 7, 014, 172, 42, 145, 699, 165, 6, 3
ORCi Championship: 014, 42, 84, 647, 165, 68, 627, 6, 3, 145 Sunday 31st July 2.0 Hot Rods
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World Championship: 977, 743, 162, 23, 761, 5(35), 331, 18, 668, 107
Scottish Open: 147, 529, 171, 668, 23, 144, 743, 75, 940, 21
All Comers: 21, 154, 107, 668, 23, 940, 144, 178, 147, 167 Superstox
Scottish Open: 925, 154, 776, 955, 446, 886, 907, 935, 922, 119
Heat 1: 955, 925, 154, 886, 907, 77, 279, 446, 515, 492
Heat 2: 154, 886, 907, 171, 279, 935, 703 Ministox
Heat 1: 7, 84, 145, 647, 3, 27, 165, 627, 484, 79
Heat 2: 42, 7, 14, 84, 27, 627, 484, 68, 167, 145
Fife Championship: 7, 84, 145, 14, 647, 42, 167, 627, 3, 68 (Sponsored by Rogerson Coach Travel) Stock Rods
Heat 1: 25, 658, 54, 721, 100, 845, 27, 412, 216, 170
Heat 2: 25, 27, 658, 248, 721, 412, 54, 170, 22, 232
Final: 25, 658, 27, 647, 721, 216, 100, 248, 54, 412 Ninja Karts
Whites and Yellows: 23, 483, 147, 285, 482, 155, 196, 132, 135, 473
Heat 1: 45, 313, 66, 721, 90, 257, 147, 236, 483, 718
Heat 2: 176, 721, 313, 618, 482, 718, 45, 257, 236, 55
Heat 3: 618, 90, 66, 176, 23, 721, 257, 39, 45, 703
What a fantastic two days of racing at Lochgelly Raceway that was!
Almost 30 races across the two days and three new champion’s crowned.
On Saturday night, the Superstox took centre stage as they contested their 2022 European Championship. 34 of the UK’s finest drivers took to the track as they began the quest to become European Champion. No sooner had the green flag dropped, there was a complete restart as the bumpers went in hard in the opening laps of the race – Ciaran Adams and Dan Roots both going in hard, with Roots becoming airborne and landing on top of the Adams’ car. The grid lined up again, and again, upon the start, there were big hits in the opening laps, with Bryan Forrest finding himself pointing the wrong way, and a lap adrift to the lead car. Jordan Robinson found himself leading the way after the early race battles settled down, losing the lead to Dean Johnston momentarily, as Johnston soon pulled off into retirement with a puncture. Behind Robinson were Ian Beaumont and the hard charging Bryan Forrest. Beaumont made his move on Robinson with half a dozen laps or so remaining and moved into the lead of the race, with Bryan Forrest in close pursuit as well, it looked like we were in for a shootout in the last few laps, though the 713 drivers managed to open up enough of a gap to Bryan Forrest to prevent any last lap drama! Beaumont would take the win with an inside rear puncture, with Forrest and Riddell completing the top three in what was a brilliant race from start to finish!
Two further races on the Saturday night for the Superstox would see Northern Irish based drivers, Kyle Beattie and Craig McConnell take the wins, with some of the Scottish drivers having some battles amongst themselves throughout the evening!
The ORCi Ministox had 2 qualifying heats ahead of the APEX Garden Sheds sponsored ORCi Championship. Lewis Burgoyne and Robbie Armit took the wins in the qualifying heats, before the main race took place. The front row of the grid seen Armit and Charlie Hardie occupy the places, and the front 2 drivers broke away from the pack which looked like turning into a 2 horse race. A yellow flag midway through seen the pack bunched up again, though again, Armit and Hardie broke clear of the pack. Hardie would put a move in on the 84 car to take the lead of the race, though, it was short lived, as a snapped throttle cable seen Hardie grind to a halt on the infield, with Armit re-taking the lead of the race. Further back, a great battle was developing, with Jake Wilson, Demi Ritchie, Lewis Burgoyne and Jamie Dawson. Ritchie was a little further behind the trio, though, the leading trio would exchange blows a few times, halting the progress and allowing Demi to close the gap, alongside a couple of back markers making things interesting! Wilson made an attempt to spin the 014 car as she overtook him, though, Ritchie swerved to the infield, she rejoined the race back behind 42. Again, the pack battled and Demi found herself in the right place at the right time as she swept past them as the scattered around other cars, bringing her up into second place. Armit would go on to take the flag, but was deemed to have backed the pack up and not keeping the distance to the pace car, and was docked for his actions. This elevated Demi Ritchie into first place and as such, the ORCi Champion.
The 2.0 Hot Rods had 3 qualifying heats take place on the night, with just under 30 cars on track for each of the heats. A lot of good, close racing was witnessed as a result – all three race wins were from drivers across the water! Drew McKeown took the opening race win, Ryan McCrory the second heat, and Brendan O’Connell the third. With the points tallied up from the heats, Brendan O’Connell would find himself start on pole position for the World Championship race on the Sunday afternoon.
The 1300 Stock Cars were in action on Saturday, with 20+ cars taking to the track, providing some great racing. Charlie Henry continued her good form as she took away another race win, before getting clattered in the second heat, which was won by Kyle Hegg. The meeting final seen Regan Watson claim victory ahead of David Izatt and Robbie Little – the front three proving difficult to catch throughout the event.
The Sunday afternoon started off with the 2.0 Hot Rods taking to the track, pushed out by their teams, before a grid walk would take place. This gave many fans the opportunity to get posters signed by their hero’s, or get photos with the drivers as the drivers geared up for the biggest race of the season. Reigning World Champion James Morris found himself starting further back than he would have liked. The front row, occupied by O’Connell and Jordan Roshford. As the cars began to roll, there would be two rolling laps, with a the anticipation mounting throughout the venue. As the lights went green, O’Connell took the lead of the race with Jordan Roshford slotting in behind in second place, with Drew McKeown, Ian Riordan and Cameron Willacy in close contention behind. The front 5 drivers had a great race from flag to flag, with not a lot between the drivers. Roshford found his way past O’Connell midway through the race to take the lead of the race, with McKeown, Riordan and Willacy following suit, soon followed by James Morris. McKeown remained hot on the heels of Roshford out front, but wouldn’t be able to find a way past his fellow Ulster driver. Willacy would find himself tangling with a back marker, resulting in damage to his car and into retirement. Riordan finished the race behind McKeown in third place, with James Morris on fourth. Jordan Roshford took a fantastic victory as he was confirmed the 2022 2.0 Hot Rod Champion of the World!
The Stock Rods were in action in what would be Chris Lattka’s final meeting at Lochgelly Raceway before he retires in 2 weeks time. A lap of applause would see Chris being led out onto the track by his son, Chris Junior in his Ninja Kart. There would be no race win for Gunner on his final meeting, though put in a great effort as he tried on various occasions to mount a challenge on the outside to take a race win on his farewell meeting. Siobhan Martin would take a hat-trick of wins on the day.
The Ninja Karts seen multiple visitors join us, which meant some large grids of karts, and a largely inexperienced grid. The youngsters provided some great racing, with race wings going the way of Mason Carberry, Dougie Kidd, Jack Jones and Stuart Shevill.
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