Thrills and spills at exciting Racewall

Action from the Cowdenbeath Racewall
Action from the Cowdenbeath Racewall

THE night of the three Scottish Championships provided some exciting Saturday racing at the Cowdenbeath Racewall.

Not only that, but a cheque to the value of £5170 was handed over to the CHAS Rachel House at Kinross as a result of the charity evening in August.

The stock rod version saw some 25 cars line up, with James Gray and Andy Grant sharing the front row, the European champion Chris Lattka on row four and the defending champion Jonathan Lattka on row five.

Local drivers in action included James Matson (Leven) and David Dignan (Leven).

As soon as the green flag dropped, the front row pair made good starts but they touched and, as a result, Grant spun out.

Gray led from Halkett and Pitcaithly, while Brett Sneddon and C. Lattka were trying to get in touch with the leaders.

C. Lattka picked up a couple of places while J. Lattka was also moving into contention.

Halkett slowed to retire on lap four while C. Lattka had caught up with Gray and on lap seven took the lead.

Gray quickly came under pressure from Pitcaithly and when he dived inside of Gray, Sneddon followed through.

On lap 17, there was the first stoppage when Leon Stewart pulled out with a small fire, which was quickly extinguished.

C. Lattka’s lead was gone and when the race restarted, he made a good start and was soon running ahead of Sneddon and Pitcaithly, while James Henderson had Siobhan Martin in close order.

C. Lattka reeled off the remaining laps to become the 2012 stock rod Scottish Champion from Sneddon and Pitcaithly.

J. Lattka won the first of the heats from Sneddon and Neil Gordon with McKinnon in fifth and just ahead of McLean, Bethune and Matson.

Heat two ended with Bethune just fending off Sneddon to win, with Matson in third, just ahead of McKinnon.