SATURDAY saw five formulas take to the track at Lochgelly Raceway – each providing some great racing throughout the evening, writes our Raceway reporter Kevin McQueen.

The Superstox saw the bumpers go in hard throughout the night, with some big hits in each of the races – Adam Low, Dean Johnston, Kenny McKenzie amongst others were all giving it large!

Adam Low continued his good form in the opening heat of the night, with another win, by quite some margin to the pack behind him. Adam seemed to struggle with handling thereafter though, with places hard to come by in the remaining races as his car appeared to be understeering during heat 2 and the meeting final.

Dean Johnston was back with us after missing out last time having participated in the London Marathon. Dean was back to winning ways in heat 2, with a victory, after holding off Kenny McKenzie in the closing stages of the race.

The meeting final was a similar result, with Kenny McKenzie keeping Dean honest throughout the race, with little between the two drivers. There was some great racing from the lower graded drivers too – with Benjamin Erskine looking to have found confidence in the car, and led each of the races throughout the night, and only lost out in the closing laps in the final.

The Junior Productions were missing a few cars from what we have become accustomed to, though, with around 15 cars on track, it was still enough to provide some great racing from the youngsters with very little in the way of incidents.

The lower graded drivers were in great form – with Liam Conway taking not only his first win in the formula, but his second as well, as he raced to victory in each of the 2 heats that pushed him up to a yellow grade for the meeting final.

Jayden Barrie and Callum Ritchie both also put in some excellent performances, with both drivers coming away with a 2nd place finish on the night. Mia Cross is another newcomer this year, who is getting quicker with each passing meeting, and despite a few knocks, it hasn’t phased her as she continues to develop in the formula.

Liam Loggie was one of the top performing drivers on the night, scoring well in all three races, and was unfortunate not to come away with a win in the meeting final, narrowly missing out after a close race with William Plenderleith. Plenderleith himself took away some good results on the night, improving with each race on the night, cumulating with the win in the final.

The Ministox saw 20+ cars take to the track, including a few English based drivers. Hamish Plenderleith made his first Lochgelly outing of the year, having missed out in the early stages of the season, but it looked like he hadn’t been away, as he stormed to an excellent race win the opening heat, before taking a 2nd and 3rd place in the following races as well to round off an excellent night for the youngster.

Mason Sealy looked like a regular at Lochgelly, with composed driving throughout, taking a well deserved win in heat 2 for his efforts. Dougie Kidd took the win in the meeting final, but was perhaps a tad unfortunate not to get a few more good results, as he was quick in each of the three races on the night. Shaun Boyle has been one of the most improved drivers of the season so far, and that trend continued on Saturday, with another good performance – most notably in the opening heat where he raced to a 2nd place finish, and set one of the quickest laps of the night in the process.

The Classic Hot Rods always put on a show, and offer a glimpse into the past with the retro style cars. Escorts, Imps, Anglias etc are not un-common in the class, and it was a night where the Escorts came out on top – Keith Chesher taking a win in the opening heat, before Zak Murdoch took victory in heat 2 and the final, following some excellent racing with Chesher in the process.

The Stock Rods were the final formula in attendance on Saturday, with just under 20 cars taking to the track.

Sean Naismith returned to form after a steady start to the 2024 season, as he took a heat and final double which will swiftly move him back up to red grade. Lennon Grant started the evening from white grade for the first time, and duly took a race win in heat 2 – although, that would be the end of his evening as his car went up in smoke just after crossing the finishing line! The non-contact class provided some very close racing throughout the night, with drivers fighting extremely hard for every position as they look to make every point matter!

The action returns at Lochgelly this Saturday, with the U Pull It 1300 Stock Cars, National Hot Rods, ProStocks and 2.0 Hot Rods in action.