UK champion has nothing on Moodie

Gordon Moodie
Gordon Moodie

WINDYGATES race ace Gordon Moodie was the star of the show at the Knockhill Trioval, putting British champ Alan Kirkaldy firmly in his place.

Kirkaldy made his first appearance with the chequered roof on his car and showed his win was no fluke, as he charged through to an opening heat win at the meet on Wednesday night.

In the formula IIs, Mark Dews, Richard Hill and Colin Gregg were the visitors from south of the border, while the Fife drivers were Paul Reid (Cowdenbeath), Kieran Howie (Dunfermline) and Moodie.

The formula II heats went to Kirkaldy, who won from Moodie and Chris Burgoyne, while in heat two, local man Moodie took the honours and led home Kirkaldy and Burgoyne.

When the final started, Scott Douglas was the first to show as the drizzle started to fall and he and Hill diced for the lead.

Stephen Forster caught and passed them but next time around, Paul Reid was ahead.

However, at the half distance, Moodie was the new leader and he won the final comfortably from Kirkaldy and Burgoyne with Reid 10th.

Paul Ford won the Grand National at the hairpin when he shunted Reid wide with Dawson claiming second from Marc Fortune and Moodie, with Reid seventh.

The saloon drivers were in good form, although a bit thin on the ground.

Heat one went to Ian McLaughlin, who won from Kyle Hegg and Stuart Shevill Jnr.

McLaughlin then went on to win heat two from Shevill Jnr and Alexander.

There was some close racing in the final, especially between Barry Russell and McLaughlin, but the former spun, handing the lead to McLaughlin.

However, Shevill Jnr was closing in and, with three to go, was ahead after McLaughlin spun at the hair pin. Shevill Jnr then reeled off the remaining laps to win from Stevie Honeyman and Gordon Alexander.

In the hot rods, Jim Cowie was down from Crimond while Wayne Lee was back after having had to rebuild the front end of his car.

Billy Bonnar won heat one from Ronnie McKenzie and Ian McGuigan. Bonnar again came out on top in heat two, finishing ahead of Lee.

In the lightning rods, Lindsay Wilson was able to make the best of the greasy track to win from John Sibbald and Gary Nicholls.