Ford finds the going tough at Racewall

Paul Ford from Charlesfield near St Boswells.
Paul Ford from Charlesfield near St Boswells.

The weather played a big part in the outcome of the racing at the Cowdenbeath Racewall during the last meeting prior to the holiday break.

Whilst the meeting was at the Racewall it was being run by the Startrax organisation.

There was a good turnout of formula I drivers with the meeting doubling up as a World Championship qualifying round and as the Scottish Championship and whilst the defending champion Andy Smith was at the track he was mechanising for his daughter Jessica who was racing a ministox!

Amongst the star studded formula I drivers racing were the World Cup and World Champion Tom Harris and the British Champion Paul Harrison whilst past World Champions in the field included John Lund, Lee Fairhurst, Paul Harrison, Rob Speak and Frankie Wainman Jnr. Local interest centred around Paul Ford from Earlston.

The opening heat saw Frankie Wainman Jnr win from Michael Stewart and Dave Willis.

Heat two brought out Ford, Speak, Harris and Harrison and no sooner had the race started than Ford sent Danny Wainman wide to move up a spot. However next time around Wainman sent Ford crashing into the wall and out of the race. D. Wainman went on to win from Harrison with Fairhurst.

Ford had repaired his car and was back out for the consolation race with John Dowson Jnr soon in the lead. As the race progressed Ford worked his way through the field and just as he made his move to take the lead was sent wide, clipped by a back marker and spun. Whilst Harris went on to win from Speak and Luke Davidson, Ford recovered to finish in ninth place.

The drivers lined up for the final and to the “gentlemen start your engine” command 24 7 litre Chevy engines burst into life. The field moved off on their warm up lap and immediately there was drama as Speak’s aerofoil dropped blocking his vision. He quickly made it to the pit gate where it was fixed into position.

Once the green flag dropped the cars were away but right away Ford was sent crashing into the pit bend wall by D. Wainman wrecking his side rail. The race was suspended to remove Ford’s car whilst D. Wainman was on the sidelines with a puncture. Harris wenwt on to win the Scot Steel sponsored Scottish Championship from Speak and Fairhurst.

Fairhurst then won the Grand National from Speak and Harris.

There was a good turnout of saloon cars including Danny Colliver and Dean Mayes from south of the border.

Heat wins went to Colliver whilst Paul Honeyman went on to win from Luke Grief and Kyle Irvine.

It’s now the holiday break with the next meeting at the Racewall taking place on July 19 and features the MASCARS and Juniors, Grand prix Midgets, 2 litre hot rods and microf2s with the meeting starting at 6pm.