HRP September 8th - A Report
Added Monday 10th September 2018HRP Lochgelly Raceway returned to its more recognised Saturday night slot this past weekend as CHAMPIONSHIP FEVER continued apace with not one, but two, Scottish Championship events. The Junior Bangers returned for their second fixture of 2018 which doubled as their inaugural Scottish Championship while the Junior Productions were also in Scottish Championship action. Three further formulas were also in the pits under fine skies with the 2.0 Hot Rods, ProStocks and CC Rods rounding out a busy fifteen race programme of events.
The Junior Productions were first on track for the first of two heats that would determine the grid for their Scottish Championship Final later that evening. Seven cars had arrived to battle it out including the 2017 champion Cameron Willacy who was looking to hold on to his title for a further season. After the initial sorting out during the early laps, Charlie Hardie found himself in the lead but under severe pressure from the pack with Willacy the main protagonist. Eventually, Willacy managed to overtake Hardie on the outside to take the win and make the perfect start to his title defence. Heat Two saw Willacy starting nearer the front as part of the reverse grid format for the event and he made his way to the front in double-quick time to secure pole position for the main race later in the evening. At the drop of the green flag, Willacy sped off into the lead and comfortably went on to successfully defend his Scottish Championship with Jack Beresford in second and Koddi Wright in third.
Wright was certainly in for a busy night as he was also one of the dozen drivers who had arrived to contest the inaugural Junior Bangers Scottish Championship. The majority of the drivers for the event had made the trip north of the border to support the formula including the current British Champion Blake Platts. It was Platts who made most of the running in the Scottish Championship as he peeled off lap after lap. However, as the lap boards came out, it was clear that Harry Eyles was catching the leader at a fair rate of knots and Eyles began tracking every move Platts made to defend his position. The decisive move came just over a lap from the end as Eyles put the bumper in on Platts to claim the lead and the first ever Scottish Championship for Junior Bangers with Platts in second Harley McCarthy in third. Two further heats saw some more great racing with Eyles doubling up with victory in heat one while McCarthy posted an excellent victory in heat two which also featured a rather spectacular jacking train in turn four - the Junior Bangers certainly know how to put on a show!
The 2.0 Hot Rods were back in action for the first time since their controversial World Championship event here at HRP Lochgelly Raceway four weeks previously which was won by Englishman Damon Wellman. With Scottish Champion Gordon Alexander on the naughty step and National Points Champion William Hardie now retired, it was a slightly depleted field that took to the track this past weekend - although it was pleasing to see Colin Wotherspoon make his debut in the ex-Dougie Kidd Saxo. Heat One saw Kevin Stewart power through to take the win from Jim Pitcaithly and Gerry Hendry. Heat Two saw Colin Wotherspoon crown his hot rod debut with a maiden win as he fended off Pitcaithly and Andrew Denholm to take the win. Denholm looked rapid in the feature final and crossed the line first but was disqualified for contact on Wotherspoon as he took the lead which gave the win to Gerry Hendry with Stewart and Wotherspoon completing the podium.
The CC Rods were back on track with another good grid of cars including a first appearance of the season for Kevin Donaldson who was using the Ian Donaldson Corsa B while Ian was out once again in the ex-Paul Muir Ford Puma for the final CC Rod meeting before their Scottish Championship on September 22nd. Heat One saw David Herd win the early battle between the white tops to lead the race and, despite his relative inexperience in the formula, he held on to take an excellent win from Lee Wotherspoon and Scottish Champion Stewart Aitken. Heat Two saw Herd leading once again but Wotherspoon was not to be denied as he eventually found a way past the white top to record the victory with Herd taking second and a rapid Lee Scott third. The feature final was another fantastic race with some great action in the low-budget class. Lee Wotherspoon had quickly made his way to the front and looked for all intents and purposes to be strolling to his second win of the evening. However, with just a couple of laps to go; Wotherspoon pulled off with what was assumed to be mechanical issues handing the win to Lee Scott with ian Hotchkies and Davie McFarlane locking out the podium for the star-graded drivers.
The ProStocks were a late addition to the programme but a reasonable number arrived for a special event. The two heats would be used to determine a driver's starting position within their grade for a special feature race which would see the winner take home a cool Â£100. Paul Barron maintained his breath-taking form as he stormed to victory in both heats. Barron looked like the man to beat and it really did kick off in the feature race as the drivers attempted to make sure they were the ones taking home the cash - Graham Watt looked hell-bent on removing Barron from the running but eliminated himself and Ian Taylor instead as Barron went on to take the win and the cash that came with it.
An entertaining evening of action with youth to the fore. The next slice of stock car action at Scotland's premier stock car venue comes your way this Saturday September 15th as the BIG VAN BANGERS contest their Scottish Championship. The Ninja Karts are also in Scottish Championship action and the headlining formulas will be supported by the 2.0 Hot Rods, ProStocks and the final HRP appearance of the season for the Classic Hot Rods â something for everyone at HRP Lochgelly Raceway this Saturday night.