Changing Moods during busy season

Gordon Moodie celebrates success at Knockhill
Gordon Moodie celebrates success at Knockhill

WINDYGATES Formula II stock car driver Gordon Moodie has just completed another season in racing which saw him hit both the highs and lows of being a racer.

On the positive side, Gordon, who was in his 13th year of action, took victory in the Grand National Championship and retained his National Points title and UK Championship, as well as finishing on the podium at both the world and European championships.

But on the negative side, he crashed out in the first lap of the Scottish Championship, had to settle for fourth in the British Championship, and suffered terrible engine problems at the Gold Cup in Holland.

The Scottish Championship was probably one of the lowest points for Gordon, who had won the event the previous year.

“I didn’t even get a lap in,” he said.

“I got caught by Chris Burgoyne and he sent me bouncing off the wall and we ended up crashing into other cars, so I was left to spectate.”

The UK Championship in Skegness turned out to be much better.

“There are no other meetings in Britain when this meeting is on and there are usually a lot of Scottish supporters at the track,” he continued.

“I scored well in my heats on the Saturday night and then won my heat on Sunday, so I was reasonably confident for the final.

“I made a good start and slowly began to pull away before going on to regain the title.”

Not long after that, Gordon finished second at the European Championship in Northampton and almost went one better at the World Championship final on the shale at King’s Lynn.

He continued: “While I won my world title (2006) on shale at Mildenhall, it is not a surface I normally race on.

“Rob Speak (multi-time champion) didn’t make it around the first bend. Wim Peters, one of the Dutch drivers, made contact, and then James Thackra and a few others.

“I managed to miss everything and then settled down before making up ground.

“I managed to hit the front and I began to pull away but the sky had changed from blue to black and it was now raining heavily.

“With a big advantage over others, the steward decided to suspend the race to remove the cars from the pit bend.

“This eliminated my advantage.

“When the race restarted I wasn’t able to get up full speed to attack the bend and, as a result, I was a sitting duck.

“When Cooper hit me, I was sent sideways. By the time I recovered, I was in fourth and was getting shale thrown up in my face. I could hardly see.

“I got back up to third but just couldn’t catch the drivers ahead of me and had to settle for third.”

Gordon has now won over 520 heats and 260 meeting finals but, despite that, his hunger still remains strong.

Not sure whether to attempt a seventh National Points title victory, his mind was made up when a competitor ended up on his bonnet and he duly went on to take victory.

He added: “If you live in the Midlands, then the travelling to tracks is not too bad but, if I race at Cowdenbeath on a Saturday, my nearest track is Barford.

“I don’t mind the travelling too much in the summer but it gets a bit of a drag towards the end of the season when the nights are drawing in and the weather is not too good.

“However, I must admit, when I get to the track I get a buzz.”