THERE was plenty of stock car action at the Cowdenbeath Racewall on Saturday night with the drivers revelling on a dry and fast track, writes Racewall scribe Jim Turner.
It was a good night to be a Burgoyne with Chris winning a heat and the formula II final, his son Lewis winning a heat in his microf2 whilst Chris’ brother Steven won all three ministox races.
Chris Stewart brought his formula II down from Crimond only to spin during the opening heat and slide into the wall where he was collected by another car. Garry Sime debuted his new chassis with a startling colour scheme whilst Mark Somerville brought out the ex-Cranson chassis.
Having a busy night was Holly Glen who not only raced her formula II but also had a couple of races in her brother Barry’s saloon.
There was some exciting racing in the microf2s with Lewis Clark Burgoyne and Jamie Dawson treating the fans to some close and fast racing and making light of working their way through a packed field.
There was another good turn out of formula IIs at the track with Chris Chance back up from the North of England, Dale Burt was having his first outing of the season whilst Robbie Dawson was back after missing a week. Local drivers at the track were Paul and Craig Reid (Cowdenbeath), Mark Somerville (Kirkcaldy) and Dale Burt (Lochgelly).
Heat one was suspended early on when Stewart spun and was collected by Ryan Farquhar with Burt clipping the cars and having to retire. C. Reid led the cars away after the stoppage but was soon caught and passed by Chris Burgoyne.
Although Burgoyne was first home he was penalised by the Steward, handing the win to Dennis Middler with Stevie Forster second and Burgoyne in third with P. Reid in tenth place. Burgoyne went on to win heat two where he led home Middler and Robbie Dawson with P. Reid in ninth place.
Burt led the cars away when the final started with Colin Forbes slotting in behind. Euan Millar was ahead on lap two but he had Farquhar running in close order. Burgoyne had quickly got ahead of Dawson and once he did so he set off after those ahead. Marc Fortune, who was leading, was running strongly but he lost the lead as Burgoyne dived ahead. Once in front Burgoyne reeled off the remaining laps for an easy win with Fortune taking second and Middler third.
Fortune was first home in the Grand National but penalised by the Steward and in the end it was Dawson who was declared the winner from Burgoyne and Fortune.
James Letford and Stevie Honeyman were making their saloon debuts whilst Tom Yould was a surprise visitor from Spalding. Local drivers included Kyle Irvine (Glenrothes), James Strath (Cellardykes), Ross Watters (Leven) and Callum McIvor (Inverkeithing).
The opening heat saw Strath go through to win from Watters and Marc Honeyman with Irvine in sixth and McIvor in ninth place. In heat two Watters came through to win from David Hughes, Ian McLaughlin and Strath .
McIvor got the final underway but had Tam Rutherford Jnr in close order and they built up a big lead over G. Honeyman and Yould.
Strath was running in close order with Marc Honeyman and just ahead of McLaughlin, Watters, Strath and Kyle Irvine. G. Honeyman was reeling in the leaders and when he caught up with them Rutherford Jnr spun whilst McIvor went wide. G. Honeyman moved into the lead but he was soon sent wide as McLaughlin took over at the front of the pack. As Watters closed in he managed to get inside of the Honeyman car and into second but by that time McLaughlin had opened up a gap before going through to win from Watters and G. Honeyman with McIvor in fifth and Irvine in seventh place.
Watters then won the Allcomers from Strath and McLaughlin with Irvine in fifth place.
The ministox drivers were racing for their Easter Trophy and there was a good turn out of cars. To date Steven Burgoyne is undefeated and there were plenty of drivers who were keen to stop his run.
Mitch Gold crashed heavily in one of the races and required assistance out of his car with what appeared to be a foot injury. Local drivers included Gary Paterson (Saline), Danny Whyte (Lochgelly), Mitch Gold (Leven), Jamie Stewart (Glenrothes) and Michael Mitchell (Lochgelly)
The opening heat saw Burgoyne go through to win from Luke McCallum, Sean Naismith and Whyte with Paterson eighth and Stewart in tenth place. Heat two ended with Burgoyne pick up his second win of the night where he this time led home Naismith and Mika Millar with Paterson in fifth
The final, for the Easter Trophy, saw Lauren Ford lead the field away but soon Millar and McCallum were the leading duo and racing hard Burgoyne was making steady progress through the field and with the laps dwindling moved into the lead and on to win from Millar and McCallum.
There was another healthy turn out of 1300saloons with Robbie Bruce making his debut whilst the local drivers were Fraser Anderson (Cowdenbeath), Jeff Cosans (Dunfermline), Michael Byers (Methil), Michael Moye (Cowdenbeath) and Arron Hastie (Ceres).
Heat one ended with Ross Forrest picking up his first ever win and he led home Bruce and Anderson with Moye in fifth. For most of heat two Bruce and Forrest were the front runners and whilst Forrest did lead for a couple of laps, Anderson sneaked through to win from Grant McGowan with Bruce finishing in third with Byers fifth, Cosans sixth and Moye in eighth.
Bruce led the final from start to finish to pick up his first win although Anderson and McGowan were closing in on him fast at the end whilst Cosans was sixth and Moye seventh after a spin.
Joelan Maynard was back up from Stockport to race in the microf2s with 17 cars in action. Local drivers were Leon Muir (Thornton) and Rebecca Reid (Cowdenbeath).
Heat one saw Callan Walker go through to win from Maynard and Ross McLaughlin with Muir in seventh and Reid ninth. In heat two Lewis Clark Burgoyne had to be at his best to fend off the attentions of Jamie Dawson with Maynard third with Reid seventh and Muir in tenth place.
The final was stopped after Maynard and Charlie Burgoyne clashed on the back straight and after that it was down to a dice between Clark Burgoyne and Dawson. They picked their way through the back markers with relative ease but the cars were running in close order.
Going into the last lap Dawson was still in contention running on the back bumper of Clark Burgoyne before he took to the outside line and just got the better drive to get to the line first although his winning margin was the thickness of a coat of paint with C. Walker in third with Muir fifth and Reid in eighth place.
This Saturday Bangermania heads to the Racewall where the BBA Unlimited banger drivers contest their World Cup.
Whilst there are quite a few Scottish drivers booked in they are up against some of the best banger drivers from south of the border and there will be many a wrecked car by the end of the meeting. Jimbo Riddell has booked in and he is celebrating his 50th year of racing. At the time of writing there are 50 bangers booked in and hopefully this number will swell before the end of the week.
The bangers are joined on the grid by the 2 Litre national saloon drivers with the meeting starting at the earlier time of 5pm