Knockhill SLS Meeting Featuring Scottish Legends Cars July 22ndBack to July 2018
Round 5 Scottish Legends Cars Championship – Three different winners on race day, as David Hunter extends his Championship lead. This SLS meeting also featured the British Sprint championship.
Heat 1 8 laps
Ivor Greenwood led the all the way having been on pole. David Hunter and Jordan Hodgson chased him, sticking close with Steven McGill not far behind. Meanwhile Dave Newall was on the move. From the back of the grid he worked his way into 3rd mid race and hassled David Hunter. Unfortunately Newall’s car developed a misfire, and from lap 6 he started to drop back, finishing 6th. Over the closing 2 laps there was a 5 car train at the front. Ivor Greenwood took the win by less than half a second from David Hunter. Jordan Hodgson was 3rd only 2 tenths of a second back with Steven McGill on his bumper, and Stewart Black was very close in 5th. A good grid of 16 cars started round 5 of their championship.
Heat 2 8 laps
It was a two car battle at the front all race. Ben Mason, a former multiple Scottish Legends Car Champion led from pole. Stewart Black started 3rd but was right with Mason on lap 1, and took the lead at Clark corner half way round the first lap. Mason stayed close to Black, closing up each lap as they exited the chicane. These two were a second clear of a big 8 car train from lap 2. Ryan McLeish held 3rd having passed Michael Paxton. At the front Black led until lap 6 when Mason dived past. But Black stayed close and regained the lead on the last lap. He went on to win with Mason really close at the line in 2nd. Behind the two leaders the pack jostled. Steven McGill moved through from 11th to be 5th on lap 2, then 4th a lap later. He was glued to Ryan McLeish’s bumper as these two pulled clear of the pack of 5 cars now led by Ivor Greenwood, but were3 seconds back on the leading duo. McGill dived past McLeish at the hairpin on lap 5 to be 3rd. He stayed there until the flag despite pressure from McLeish. Greenwood came 5th over 4 seconds behind with David Hunter on his bootlid in 6th and Jordan Hodgson a close 7th. These three had moved a couple of seconds clear of Michael Paxton who had Billy Wait for company.
Stewart Black said ‘ absolutely fantastic race, brilliant. Couldn’t have raced side by side with anyone better., I was watching the mirrors to see if anyone was catching but they weren’t, so we had fun’.
Final 10 laps
The days top scorers start at the back in the final, but some quick drivers were still at the front. Mark Beaty led from pole to Macintyre corner, then ran wide and dropped rapidly back into the pack. Kieran Beaty then led, but Dave Newall grabbed the lead late on lap 1. Dave had Ryan McLeish with him in 2nd on lap 2 , and these two got a couple of car lengths clear of Jordan Hodgson who had been 5th on lap 1. Kieran Beaty held 4th but David Hunter was right behind and then past on lap 4. Hunter had started 12th and was fired up. The top 3 ran nose to tail on lap 5, with Hodgson now leading from Newall and Hunter. McLeish had led on lap 4 but slowed notably going down Duffus Dip and retired before the chicane. Lap 6 saw another change at the front as Hunter dived past the two cars right ahead of him, braking with two wheels on the grass, but he made it. He was never headed and ran away to win by nearly two seconds. Newall took 2nd on lap 8 but Hodgson regained 2nd a lap later and held off Newall. They were very close at the flag. Nearly 4 seconds behind came Ivor Greenwood heading a tight 3 car group . He had taken 4th on lap 7 having started down in 15th. Greenwood lost 4th on lap 8 to Steven McGill but retook the place on lap 9 and held on. He had Stewart Black on his tail over the last two laps with McGill still with them in 6th. Black had also raced through the field having started 14th. A few seconds after these 3 passed the flag Billy Wait took 7th having nipped past Michael Paxton late on.
David Hunter said, ‘Good race. The first lap was difficult , I made it through a few gaps I shouldn’t have, but I’ll take it at this time in the season. I saw Ryan McLeish had broken down which is sad as he’s my nearest competitor.’
Dave Newall commented, ‘ It was an epic race, that’s two meetings in a row me and Jordan have had really close races. Snapped a cam in the first race, then changed the engine and it had a misfire in race 2 , but then had a good race in the final.’