THE Autospeed Promotion return north to take over the stock car action at the Cowdenbeath Racewall over the weekend of the September 1 and 2 with a Championship weekend that will be full of excitement and action, writes Racewall reporter Jim Turner.

Topping the list is the Gilmore Engineering and Protyre Recycling sponsored ORCi Stock Rod World Championship on Saturday night which is attracting the top drivers in the country to a contest that everyone wants to win.

The drivers are the top seeded drivers from each track and they will be racing in two qualifying heats which will determine their starting position for the World Championship race.

The defending champion is Stephen McCready, from Northern Ireland, and he has had mixed fortunes to his visits to the Racewall this year.

He was wrecked right at the start of his first appearance this year, was penalised for an indiscretion in the ORCi Championship which dropped him to third and then won a recent final. McCready is the firm favourite to retain his title but there are a few others who have other ideas.

Levi Robinson, Adam Daniels, Chris Chance, James Halkett, Ian Thompson Snr and Shea Duff cannot be ruled out whilst the home challenge will be fierce.

Past World Champion and ORCi Champion, Michael Bethune, will be leading the Scottish challenge but Lee McGill, Cameron Doak and James Matson will also be looking to get their hands on the silverware and race under the gold roof for the remainder of the year.

On Sunday the Stock Rod drivers will have other qualifying rounds to determine their grid positions for the Open Scottish Championship.

However, also racing are the BriSCA Formula IIs with the main attraction on Saturday being the Geo Mac 100 Memorial Trophy with a lot of goodies for the drivers to win.

Last year it was Craig Wallace who won but he will face a lot of competition from Robbie Dawson, Scottish Champion Euan Millar and British Champion Chris Burgoyne which has all the makings of an exciting affair. There is a chance that Gordon Moodie will be on the grid and he and Burgoyne have sewn up the front row for the World Final at Bristol in a couple of weeks time. Could be an interesting confrontation!

On Sunday the Formula II drivers have their National Championship up for grabs with the present holder, David Polley unlikely to be on hand to defend. Polley has registered with the Dutch authority this year and is more likely to be contesting the meetings over there instead.

The 2 Litre National Saloons are likely be the ones who try to steal the show with Michael Allard defending the ORCi title on Saturday night whilst on Sunday it’s the inaugural running of the Jim Purdie Trophy.

We can expect quite a few saloon visitors from England and Northern Ireland and hopefully one from the new World Champion Max Stott.

The home drivers though will be looking to keep the trophies North of the Border with the likes of Ross Watters, Luke Grief, Aaryn Triggs, Barry Russell and Jason Secker all having a say in the matter.

At this stage the gates are open from 1pm on Saturday and practice throughout the afternoon whilst on Sunday it is the usual 1pm start. It is going to be a cracking weekend's racing with fast and exciting non contact Stock Rod racing, exciting BriSCA Formula IIs on tarmac whilst the full contact 2 Litre National Saloons could well be the show stealers.