World Championships return to Cowdenbeath Racewall
One of the highlights of the upcoming 40th GMP season will be the running of the ORCi Stock Rod World Championship.
It is scheduled to be run over September 11 and 12.
The defending champion is Jack Kennedy from Northern Ireland but on the two previous occasions that it has been staged at Cowdenbeath Racewall, Fifers Michael Bethune and Lee McGill have triumphed. An omen perhaps?
Over that weekend the drivers will also race for their Open Scottish Championship.
Whilst the fixture list has been announced it can only be provisional until the First Minister decrees when and how many spectators will be allowed into the Stadium.
Meetings south of the Border have been cancelled due to spectators not be allowed admittance. With the Racewall being a stadium, the early meetings may have to be run behind closed doors although there is a chance of streaming those meetings.
According to the fixture list the first weekend meeting takes place on June 12 and 13 when the first of the two Scottish Championship weekends takes place when the Prostock Basic and Stoxkart drivers are in action.
Both will be racing in qualifying heats on the Saturday night with the Championships being held on Sunday afternoon.
After the holiday break there is another two-day meeting at the Racewall on July 31 and August 1. The Saloon drivers race for their European Championship whilst the Ministox drivers fight it out for their British Championship.
The following week the Prostock drivers fight it out in their World Cup event and on September 11 the ORCi Stock Rod World will be held, with the Jane Burt Memorial trophy the highlight of the Sunday.
Amongst those who will be in contention for the World will be past winner Michael Bethune (Kirkcaldy), Stuart Wedderburn (Leven)
The Ministox drivers have their East of Scotland Championship on the 25 September and the Stock Rods also have another important date – their Scottish Championship night with Bethune defending but it is usually a very competitive affair.
The season ends with the Stock Rods racing for the Simon Laing Memorial trophy on the Saturday and their Open Scottish on the Sunday.