Race fever hits Lochgelly
Published: 1 Jun 2010 09:450 comments
Lochgelly Motorsport Complex, incorporating the Thunder Valley Raceway stock car track which opened a few weeks ago, began life as an idea when the Cowdenbeath Racewall was looking increasingly likely to be closed down.
Joint owners Kinzi Law and William Peters decided to ensure a future for stock cars north of the border and started putting plans together for a facility at Powguild. Backed by a team of enthusiastic volunteers, they have worked hard over the past couple of years to build and develop the complex.
Kinzi told the Times, "Once the plans went in we received a lot of support from race fans and drivers who looked forward to racing at a new track that would be purpose built for racing and not only would be kinder to cars as far as possible damage was concerned but would be aimed at recreating the family atmosphere that was once synonymous with our sport."
In the early days of development the team started work on the stock car track, quickly cutting the shape of an oval into the ground, before starting work on the karting facility within the complex.
Once the karting complex was nearing completion, the resources moved across to the stock car track and moto x facilities.
"The moto x track was put together pretty quick and didn't put off work at the stock car track and stadium greatly," Kinzi explained. "The team worked hours on end just doing the ground work in order to allow them to get something that would resemble a stock car track put together. The ground needed levelling out, and the spectator area and pit areas needed raised somewhat.
"Towards the end of July last year, work began on the spectating areas around the raceway. As the winter months set in however, progress slowed down somewhat, with perhaps our worst ever winter causing some delays in the development of the stadium and, as a result, the opening date was put back until the start of April this year."
In February the team decided they would rename the stock car track from Powguild Raceway and put it to the public to choose a name, resulting in the name Thunder Valley Raceway being chosen.
Since its opening in April the raceway has already proved popular with 34 registered drivers after five weeks, including some from Glasgow and Aberdeen as well as locals.
"We're looking at becoming one of the major tourist attractions in the whole of Fife. We're not wanting to compete with Knockhill or with anybody else; just to complement them," said Kinzi.
"The feedback we've had from people is tremdous.
"We'd like to thank all the drivers for supporting the track and hope they enjoy the new raceway. Thanks also to all our volunteers, the team of marshals and race crew who keep the show running, the spectators who are supporting us and our principal sponsors Strathore Plant Hire and Stag Steel."
Stock car races are held at 1pm on Sundays, with practice sessions for drivers on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The karting and moto x facilities are open six days a week, closed on Mondays.
For further information, visit the website www.racewall.co.uk/FifeKarting/