Borders drivers encounter mixed fortunes in 40th anniversary track meet
The 40th season of stock car racing at Cowdenbeath, under the GMP promotional banner, finally got under way on a bright but slightly chilly Saturday evening – with spectators to boot.
Several Borders drivers made the trip to take part and there were reasonably good turnouts across all four formulae, reports Jim Turner.
As a result, there was some really close and exciting racing.
There were first-time wins for Darren Macdonald, of Peebles, among others, while Lauren Ford of Earlston was also in action.
Macdonald and Cameron McDonald (St Boswells) were among those racing in the ORCi Stock Rods and they ended up with contrasting fortunes.
In the opening heat, Macdonald brought his car home in the runner-up spot and then, in heat two, he made a good start to the race to move into the lead.
Once there, he edged away from the pack to pick up his first Racewall win.
In the final, he ran well again but dropped away towards the end of the race and wasn’t classified.
McDonald, on the other hand, didn’t fare too well and had to retire from all of his races.
Lauren Ford, an experienced visitor to the west Fife course, was racing her Prostock Basic but, during the opening heat, she clipped the wall as she tried to miss a shunt and had to retire with a bent wishbone and a puncture. While she missed the second heat, she was back out for the final, where she ended up in ninth place.
This week, the Formula II drivers and the Saloon drivers make their first appearance of the season and they will be joined on the grid Ministox and Micro F2 drivers, with the meeting starting at 5.45pm. Check the Racewall website for the latest information.