Mixed conditions test the drivers at Crimond Raceway

ONCE again wet conditions tried to spoil a good day’s racing at Crimond Raceway, with mixed conditions throughout the afternoon on Sunday, May 22.

What started out as a fine, dry day saw intermittent rain showers and even lightning with big black clouds on and around the raceway all afternoon.

All formulaes were competing for the Norman Cowie trophies, which are donated by the Cowie family and presented to the winning drivers by Marlene Cowie. To be eligible to collect any of the winning trophies, drivers must have competed at the three previous race meetings held at Crimond raceway.

This caught out a few drivers who although had the most points for the day, did not have the attendance record required to collect the trophies.

Also, as is normal at this meeting, the stock car club donates all the profits from the meeting to a local charity or organisation nominated by the Cowie family. This year will see the local Crimond Toddlers group receive the money.

The usual visiting drivers returned to Crimond the National ORCI Ministox meeting, which saw our own top drivers having to really fight for the top placings. The wet conditions caught out a few drivers, but most coped with the conditions.

Rossa Becci took first place with Ross Smith in second and Sean Riddell taking the third spot.

In the Brisca Formulae Two, the current National points champion, Gordon Moodie, paid a visit, but this time he was back to his winning ways with coming first in the two heats and the final.

In this formulae the final winner must start with a onelap handicap in the final race of the afternoon, the Grand National. At some tracks it is possible to win from a lap handicap, but at Crimond it is more difficult due to the speed of the cars, but a mid-race suspension for the removal of the damaged Stuart Kelly car did help Gordon but he could only manage a final fith place.

He does get double points and prize money though because of the handicap, so all in all not a bad days racing for him. Trophy winners were Graham Kelly in first, Kevin Bruce in second and Stuart kelly in third.

The event saw the return of Mark Bonner after his low fly-ing act on April 24, and after some low placings in the heats, he came through to win the final race of the afternoon. As usual in this full contact class, the bumpers were being used to their full effect, with the chance of winning a top three trophy spurring all drivers on. Nicky Bonner took the flag in first, with Scott Ruxton taking second and Andy Bonner finishing third.

In the Hot Saloons, this non-contact formula usually has some close racing and Sunday was no exception, again the chance of a trophy had the drivers trying just that little bit harder.

Last meeting’s trophy winner, Richard Harding, is currently using his Yellow roof grading to full effect with another brace of wins. This will see him straight back to a red roof grading for June though, where a win is far more difficult. Trophy winners were Richard Harding in first place, Mike Massie in second and Gordon Allan in third.

Low numbers are still the norm for the OUtlaw Hot rods at present, but the cars that are on track do put on a show of close racing, with John Buchan taking his usual outside line to pass his fellow competitors.

Coming in behind John was James Gray in second place with Jim Cowie taking With only one more meeting for the 1400cc Bangers, drivers were aplenty with 29 cars for the first race of the day. Needless to say 29 cars did not finish the first race!

Quite a few cars never came out for the remaining races on the day due to their drivers trying to remove every car that they came across in the first race. Those that did make it out had some of their wheels pointing at some funny directions, as long as it moved they were in.

The next race meeting on June 5 will see the Demolition Derby for these cars, so the scrap yards will be busy for a while!

Trophy winners were Bruce Panton in first, Alan Douglas in second and John Riddell in third spot (this place is provisional at present).

In the Road-going Saloons, this class was over its normal max limit, so organisers had to have heats over the afternoon, with the top eight points scorers from the four heats going into the final for the trophies.

There were quite a few new drivers out for this meeting, with Daniel Grieves in his WRX Subaru showing everybody how it should be done, but he had not done the required attendance so could not collect any trophies.

Trophy winners were Eric Middleton in first, Gordon Reid in second and Leslie Cook in third spot.

Ladies races results were as follows:

Saloonstox - 1 Michelle Smith, 2 Rachael Bonner, 3 Shirley Mcwilliam; hot saloons - 1 Kim McDonald, 2 Alma Gemmel, 3 Simone Riddell.

The next meeting at Crimond raceway is on June 5, start time 1pm, where the Brisca F2s will be competing in the World qualifier round. The Ministox will be competing for the Sye Morrison Trophy and the 1400cc Bangers will have their final meeting of the 2011 season which will see them finish with their Demolition Derby. A meeting not to miss!