Thrills at Cowdenbeath Racewall

Craig Wallace (Tranent) in his formula II
Craig Wallace (Tranent) in his formula II

It was a dry, chilly and windy evening at the stock car meeting at the Cowdenbeath Racewall and the dreaded rain which had been forecast failed to materialise.

However, a healthy formula II field was decimated when the leader’s car blew it’s engine and the resulting shunt proved to be disastrous with only half a dozen cars surviving. Newcomer Colin Forbes ended up parked sideways against the wall in a debut he will wish to forget.

Such was the carnage that only nine cars made it back onto the grid for the rerun whilst a few others were back in action by the time that the final started. Four cars failed to reappear and two only managed one more race.

In the minis Charlie Folan was in a hefty shunt on the pit bend and was later taken to hospital for a check to a back injury. White grader Teri Linden crashed out at the start to heat two but was unhurt.

There was plenty of close and fast stock rod racing with Stuart McKinnon and James Gray having their first outings of the season whilst Chris Chance and Simon Morris were the visitors from Barford.

The saloon action came thick and fast with Jonny Laing making his debut whilst James Serplus was over from Northern Ireland.

There was a healthy turn out of formula IIs for the meeting with grade awards on hand for the first white and yellow graders home whilst there was also an award for the first English car home in the final. Mind you after the destruction in the opening heat it looked doubtful if any of the English drivers would make it onto the grid for the final.

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