Angus racers slip and slide and damp Racewall

Brechin's Barry Russell being spun out of the lead in heat oneBrechin's Barry Russell being spun out of the lead in heat one
Brechin's Barry Russell being spun out of the lead in heat one
The first wet meeting of the season caused quite a few problems for the drivers on the greasy track surface at the Cowdenbeath Racewall on Saturday night.

Constant rain in Fife meant that conditions were tougher than they would usually be for those competing at this time of the year.

It meant cars struggled to grip the track and that was reflected in plenty of shunts and bumps as racers battled with the weather.

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When the finals started the persistent drizzle was heavier if anything but it failed to stop the drivers from serving up an action packed affair.

The kingdom track is often at its best and most exciting when track conditions are slippery and tough and the bumper crowd were certainly left entertained.

As ever, there was a healthy contingent of Angus drivers who made the journey into the kingdom to take part.

Brechin pair Barry Russell and Cameron Milne were the local drivers in the saloons with Russell seeming to revel in the wet and greasy conditions.

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While others struggled on the night, Russell used his track knowledge and experience to his advantage, knowing exactly how to adapt to what was in front of him.

In the opening heat Russell had moved into the lead but he was sent spinning on the last bend and, while he quickly recovered, had to settle for third place.

After replacing a damaged radiator, he was back out for heat two where he again ended up in a respectable third place.

When the final started the track was even greasier than it had been earlier in the evening.

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But Russell was running well and had moved into second place with only a few laps remaining as the action had fans on the edge of their seats.

During the last couple of laps Russell, though, was shunted off line and, although he recovered, he had to settle for fifth place.

Milne wasn’t classified in the first heat but brought his car home in ninth place in both the second heat as well as the final.

But that wasn’t it for the Angus interest on the night.

Lana Middler, from Carnoustie, was amongst those racing in the micro F2s.

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Despite their tender years and lack of real experience, the racers all coped reasonably well with the treacherous surface.

Middler, though, was caught out in the opening heat and spun and whilst she again spun in heat two, she had been clipped by another car.

She had a better run during the third heat and ended up bringing her car home in sixth place.

It’s a double header next weekend with Russell, Milne and Logan Bruce contesting their British Championship on Sunday after taking part in qualifying heats on Saturday evening.

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It will be the same story for the ORCi stock rod drivers where they will go through the same process over the weekend.

Also racing are the stoxkarts and junior stoxkarts whom have their Scottish Championship on Sunday afternoon.

The meeting starts at 4.30pm on Saturday and 12.30pm on Sunday.

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