Easthouses driver Kidd is new Scottish champion

Midlothian driver Dougie Kidd winner of the lightning rod Scottish Championship
Midlothian driver Dougie Kidd winner of the lightning rod Scottish Championship

Dougie Kidd from Easthouses became the lightning rod Scottish Champion with a strong drive at the Cowdenbeath Racewall on Saturday.

But his chances of a World Cup double were dashed during his second heat when he had to retire with damage.

The opening lightning rod race was for their Scottish Championship with Dougie Kidd (Easthouses) the local driver on the grid. The draw paired Chrissy Dearn Jnr on pole with his brother Ormond alongside and Kidd on row 3. When the race started it was Dearn Jnr who led but Alex Rogan slotted into second whilst within another lap Kidd was in third. The first three cars were running nose to tail and whilst Rogan briefly led C. Dearn Jnr was back ahead. However a gap appeared and Kidd slotted into second and then the lead. Kidd began to ease away as Rogan had Dearn Jnr in close order. Kidd then reeled off the remaining laps to become the Scottish Champion leading home Rogan and Dearn Jnr.

O Dearn then won both the lightning rod heats with Kidd third on both occasions.

There were 27 prostox drivers at the track for their World Cup including the defending champion Stuart Agnew and the British Champion Steven Haugh, both from Northern Ireland. Local drivers in action were Tam Melrose (Mayfield), Dougie Kidd (Easthouses), Scott Ramsay (Tranent) and Richard Cairns (Dalkeith). The field was split into three groups with each driver racing twice and the points scored would determine their grid start for the World Cup.

In the opening heat Dan Shannon won from Raymond Gurney and Haugh with Cairns seventh but in a shunt Agnew and Ally McDonald were quickly sidelined. Heat two ended with Grady Ross winning from Steven Boyd and Haugh with Melrose fifth, Ramsay sixth and Cairns tenth. Heat three saw Gurney pick up his first win of the night where he led home Liam McShane and Ricky White with Melrose ninth and ramsay tenth.

After the points were added Gurney was on pole with Ross alongside whilst on row 2 were McShane and Haugh. There was drama on the parade lap when Steve Gold’s car came to a halt with a brief fire. This was quickly extinguished, repaired with Gold able to take up his place on the grid.

Gurney went straight into the lead when the race started from Ross but next time around Ross was ahead. Ramsay retired after a brush with the wall but Ross was to be sent spinning on the main straight as Gurney retook the lead. Exiting the back straight there was a shunt which saw Craig Watson and Shannon tangle with their cars left in a dangerous position and the race was suspended. Also out were the defending champion Agnew, Ryan Harrow, Gold and Gavin Waugh.

On the restart Haugh led from Conor McElmeel and Boyd but when James Letford was shunted into the wall the race was again suspended.

Haugh again led on the restart but White was spun out of fourth as Tam Melrose began to make up ground. Within successive laps Melrose moved from fourth to second and then closed right onto the tail of Haugh then dived inside to take the lead. McDonald slowed to retire, John Mason was spun out by Billy Wilson before the latter delayed Melrose allowing Haugh back into the lead. With the Wilson car stranded on the track the race was again suspended. There were only six cars remaining but that quickly dropped to five when Paul McNulty’s car had a fire under the bonnet.

Haugh again led from McElmeel and Melrose but Jordan Cassie bounced off the wall and retired. Haugh reeled off the remaining laps to win the World Cup from McElmeel and Melrose.

Next week the Unlimited Banger drivers contest their Scottish Championship and are joined in the fray by the BriSCA formula II cars, the 2 litre saloons and ministox drivers with the last two formulae contesting their Turner trophy. As usual it is a 6.00pm start.