That’s the month of April past and three Crimond raceway stock car race meetings into the 2012 season already.
The mixed weather for the first two meetings made things a bit unpleasant for both spectators and competitors alike, but the last meeting on April 29 saw things return to our Crimond normal - dry with a blue sky and a very cold wind!
This race meeting was a first for Crimond raceway with its first ever Scottish National Hot Rod World Qualifying meeting.
Crimond has had Hot Rods for the last 20 years, but with its own specification/rules, now it has adopted the national rules. The cars look almost identical but with small changes underneath and less being able to be done to the cars.
The main difference are the tyres, gone are the expensive super sticky Avon slicks, now they have the less expensive not so sticky Hoosier’s.
Ten Hot Rods arrived on track for the first race, which included three southern visiting drivers so the action was soon in coming. An unfortunate racing incident removed local men Garry Ingram and Jim Cowie from the race and in fact Jim from the remainder of the meeting due to severe axle damage to his Corsa Hot Rod.
Garry did manage to repair his Mini Hot rod and compete in the last two races, but blew his diff in the final. The remainder of the Hot Rod racing was dominated by local drivers, John and Neil Buchan and Graham Gordon, who all swapped around with the top three places in each race putting on an excellent show of good close fast racing with only a minor bump or two!
The National Hot Rod formula returns to Crimond raceway for our next meeting on May 13, so a meeting not to miss if you like you’re racing fast and furious.
All other CrimondRaceway formulas were competing during the afternoon, with the Ministox youngsters once again showing some of the senior formula’s how it should be done.
Crimond has had in influx of new drivers for this formula, with five new drivers registered for this season.
All are competing under some restrictions at present due to their recent arrival on the scene, but one or two are showing that they will be the ones to watch in the near future.
The Brisca F2’s have been having regular grids of 15-18 cars which gives good racing and one or two visiting drivers have ventured up the A90 to the most northly Brisca track in the UK.
Tom Adcroft #768 came all the way from Yorkshire for a wee birle around Crimond and went home with some good top ten placings. The meeting once was once again dominated by the current national point’s champion Scottish driver, Gordon Moodie #7, who won both the heats and the final and managed a seventh place in the Grand National race from a one lap handicap. Our own star drivers, Graham and Stuart Kelly and Robbie Dawson were not far behind Gordon though and shared around the other top three placed during the afternoon.
The Crimond Saloonstox have been a bit low on numbers since the start of the 2012 season, but that has not stopped the bumpers being used as required. This meeting was the second round of the Northern Saloonstox championship after the first round was held at Thunder valley raceway at Lochgelly on April 22.
Four Crimond drivers ventured to Lochgelly for this meeting and father and son Graham and Ross Smith winning a race each, but were shunted out of the way in the final and had to settle for lower placings.
Two visiting saloon drivers made the trip north for the second round at Crimond, but could not match the pace of Graham at his own track who went on to win all three races.
Full race results in next week’s Buchanie.