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Added: 21 Mar 2011 Category: 2011 Oval Racing
2011 - #3 - Thunder Valley 13th March
My 3rd meeting of the season was scheduled to be the opening meeting at Cowdenbeath, but with heavy snow in the region earlier in the day and more forecast, that meeting was cancelled. In hindsight the additional snow didn’t seem to come, judging by the roads in the surrounding area I feel the track could have been cleared and the meeting run. Given the informational available more snow was forecast, several hundred stockcar fans could have ended up stranded in Cowdie had it arrived. Regretful when you’ve travelled to watch the racing, but probably the correct call was made.
So my 3rd meeting of the season then became Spedeworth Scotland’s meeting at Thunder Valley Raceway, Lochgelly, the following day. I’m told they had their track cleared on Saturday, but a full night of rain went someway to aiding the removal of the snow.

It was the first time I’d been to the thunder Valley Raceway, and I was quite impressed with track and the venue. Okay, it doesn’t have the facilities that Cowdenbeath has, but they are over and above what a lot of tracks have. It looks very much like a well thought out setup, with simple but effective stands, shelters and seat arrangements, with well banked spectating areas, the rail around the outside keeps you back from the catch fence, which is a bollocks to photo through, but much safer than being pressed up against a fence that a flying wheel could still hurt you.

Onto the meeting itself, “Gilchrist and Alexander win finals” is a heading that could have accompanied reports for many of my trips to Cowdenbeath, but both are now racing and winning at Lochgelly. Davy McKay became the first Ulster based driver to appear at Lochgelly (Kevin McQueen informs me), and didn’t do too badly in the slippery conditions.

The car numbers weren’t fantastic, ranging from 7 to 13 in the 4 classes, but on a small track they still provided plenty of entertainment.

Under the Spedeworth banner I’d expect the track to go from strength to strength in the coming years.

The Superstox of Murray Ford

Superstox in the pits

The Superstox of Stuart Gilchrist

The NHR of Billy Bonnard

NHRs in the pits

1300 Stock car of Ross Watters

1300 Stock car of Gordon Alexander

1300 Stock Car of Ian Taylor

Superstox Superstars

Superstox in action

Greame Gordon leads the Nationals

700 and 844 come to grief in the NHRs

Davy McKay in Action

Nationals warm up for the final

Nationals grid for the final
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