Hot Hatch and Fiesta ChampionshipBack to November 2018
We welcomed SMTA who are the headline sponsors of the new Scottish Fiesta and Hot Hatch Championship. There is also a change for Scottish Fiestas. The ST Cup for 2 litre cars made between 2002 - 08, joined the hot hatches and are supported by Alford Awards. All cars use Yokohama treaded tyres.
The Scottish Fiesta & Hot Hatch Championship is for competitors competing in front wheel drive, naturally aspirated hatchback/saloon cars, with a class specifically for Fiesta ST.
Class A - 1801 to 2000cc Class B - 1601 to 1800cc Class C - 1401 to 1600cc
Class D - Up to 1400cc Class E - Fiesta ST (manufactured 2002-2008) (Fiesta ST Cup)
Its congratulations to Wayne Macaulay who takes the ST Cup title again. Last season Wayne Macaulay regained his title, with a series of fine drives as he won 12 of the 16 rounds. This year he won 12 of the 15 rounds.
September’s reverse track layout saw hot hatches arrive to race, and these 2 guests won the 2 races in their Clios. Race 1 was won by Steven McNab. Top ST was 2nd as Blair Murdoch won the ST class, from Wayne Macaulay who started last on the grid and was 3rd by lap 2, then fought with Murdoch and Stewart Scott on a damp track. Race 2 Yumen Lai stated last in his Clio and hit the front on lap 6, having hassled leader Steven McNab for a few laps. Lai won with McNab a close 2nd, though Wayne Macaulay closed on them later in the race. Macaulay won the ST class and was 3rd overall behind the Clios. Stewart Scott took 2nd four seconds ahead of Blair Murdoch, who grabbed 3rd late on from Stephen Ward.
October’s finale, saw Fiesta ST Champion Wayne Macaulay finish the season in style, with two more wins. Race 1 he led all the way after out dragging guest and pole sitter 2017 Mini Champion Mark Geraghty, who ran 2nd for 3 corners but went off at MacIntyres, restarted last and retired mid race. Wayne just ran away for an easy win. Blair Murdoch took a good 2nd having had Chris Milford for close company all race, though a mid race safety car period didn’t break them up. Milford was in the Hot hatch class, running an ST and scored points as he registered. Ryan Stirling took 4th passing Russell Morgan early on then these two stayed very close all race. Race 2 Wayne again ran away to win as he pleased. Chris Milford and Blair Murdoch fought over 2nd. Murdoch pulled a couple of seconds clear on the damp track then lost it on lap 8 as he exited the chicane. He went sideways on the exit kerbs onto the wet grass and slid into the tyre barrier side on, bouncing back onto the grass before Clark. He was out of the race. Milford inherited 2nd and stayed there to the flag. Into 3rd came Mark Geraghty who started 12th in a 13 car field. He ripped through the pack to be 4th on lap by demoting Ryan Stirling, who didn’t lose another place, as he eased away from Peter Cruickshank.
ST Cup Champion Wayne Macaulay, runner-up Blair Murdoch. Hot Hatch Champion Chris Milford