Lochgelly, 22nd June 2014 – meeting report and photo gallery

Day two of the Scottish weekend saw the F1` racing this time at Lochgelly, a relatively new track just down the road from Cowdenbeath. The track is a recent opening, the previous owner battling through a mire of red tape to open the track before in the economic downturn, before passing it on to current owner, businesman William Hardie in 2011/2012 under Hardie Race Promotions.

To many, it was the first visit for drivers and fans and compared to a lot of fare on offer on the BriSCA circuit the place is very impressive. Superbly appointed with new canteens, toilet facilities, viewing areas hard cored, along with parking areas and most impressive a fully tarmacked pit area with workshops fitted with 4 post ramps for car repairs.


John Lund making use of the facilities at Lochgelly.

It is obvious a lot of money has been invested in the place, and further work is planned. An interesting concept as, like Buxton, Lochgelly is just off an A road but essentially surrounded by open land therefore unaffected by the scourge of BriSCA F1 and oval racing everywhere, the property developer. Perhaps an insight into the future of F1 but that we will have to await and see.

The racing line up was similar to the previous night at Cowdenbeath. The Paul Ford team had spent the previous night repairing the back end of the car and arrived just in time, whilst Rob Speak had to dash to drive an F2 so his car was being used by 6 Stevie Hodgson, and 237 Ollie Ives out in the Paul Ford shale car.

The forecasted rain held off all afternoon and the racing was fast but perhaps not furious.

Heat 1 saw the spoils go to 464 Luke Davidson after overhauling long time leader 94 John John Dowson. Matt Newson was fast and looked probable for the win but unfortunately had to retire with 4 to go with a flat tyre. John Lund also had to retire with 5 to go with terminal gearbox problems, the new 4 post ramps in the garage being put to use before the 53 car had to load up.

Heat 2 had a chase from the back from the star graders with the Tom Harris car again showing dominance. At the halfway he overtook the 212 car of Danny Wainman and drove away into the distance, Danny holding onto second spot until a couple of laps from the end when he was bumpered aside by brother Frankie for second, and then the same fate from Paul Harrison on the last lap to finish in third. Paul Poulter had another good race finishing 5th whilst white grade driver 207 Ben Hurdman finishing 6th.


Dave Willis chasing Nigel Harrhy at Lochgelly.

The consolation saw a grid of 18 cars yet to qualify and it was a good drive form the front by 512 Micheal Steward who held onto the lead until lap 10 when overhauled by Matt Newson with 217 Lee Fairhurst on the Norfolk driver’s back bumper. The Fairhurst car took the lead with 4 laps to go but Newson stayed very close and it looked like a big last bender was coming but it did not materialise, Matt settling for second with 372 Colin Goodswen third and Steward holding on for fourth spot.

The final was not long underway before yellow flags for the 229 Derek Brown car being stranded on the bonnet of 287 Sean Willis, with the 237 Ollie Ives collecting the two from behind. Ben Hurdman led off the pack on the re-start but like the previous night’s final it was to be another tar master class from Tom Harris, passing the 515 Wainman car and then taking the lead from the halfway stage. Further back 212, 16 and 2 were exchanging bumpers but at the flag it was Harris from Wainman second and an impressive third from 174 Paul Poulter.


There is no truth in the rumour that he’s changing his name to Tam McHarris.

The final race of the weekend was perhaps the most entertaining of the Lochgelly foray with a fine exchange of bumperwork at the rear of the pack between the cars of 259, 220, 212, 2, 16 and 217 before the race settled down being won by 94 John Dowson with Poulter again doing well for second with 515 Frankie Wainman third.

An excellent weekends racing in the foray North with a dominant performace from Tom Harris, who is the man to beat on Tarmac at the moment. Judging by reviews on Stoxnet and comments on Facebook the racing and the facilities particularly at both the venues proving very popular with the travelling fans. Hopefully we will not have to wait another 5 years for the next Scottish weekend; rumours suggesting it may be a 3 year roatation but we will have to await and see.

Words: Andy Armer
Photos: Colin Casserley
















































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