Fiesta and Hot Hatch ChampionshipBack to July 2018
July saw rounds 7 & 8 at Knockhill and the return of Barry Farquharson. But it was two more wins for Wayne Macaulay though it wasn’t all plain sailing for Wayne. Only Fiesta STs entered, no BMWs raced.
Round 7 Blair Murdoch had his first Knockhill pole, with Paul Curtis on the front row with him. Wayne Macaulay had qualified 3rd. Paul Curtis led until lap 10 with Wayne all over him after passing Blair Murdoch on lap 2. Wayne hit the front with 2 laps to go, and then had Barry Farquharson on his bumper for the last 2 laps. Curtis retired to the pits on lap 11 and Murdoch came home 3rd just 2 seconds back. It was Farquharson’s first ST race in Scotland this year and he was on the pace. In 4th was Stewart Scott, He had run 5th from the start and held off Lorn Murray all race as they ran close. Scott was promoted to 4th with Curtis retiring. Jordan Lowring was a guest and his debut saw a 7th place start and he eased through passing Peter Cruickshank on lap 6, having shadowed Peter for a few laps. He then slowly closed on Lorn Murray and took 5th on lap 11 leaving Murray 6th At the flag.
Round 8 was Wayne Macaulay at the front all race. But despite looking a fairly straight forward race, as he led and opened out a 3second lead by lap 3, he was slowly reeled in by Barry Farquharson. At the flag Barry finished just half a second behind Wayne. These two were well clear of Blair Murdoch who ran 3rd all race. Stewart Scott ran 4th early on heading a close group of 4 cars. He was passed by Peter Cruickshank on lap 5 at Clark corner but next time round Stewart was back in 4th. Peter dropped to 6th ob lap 9 as Paul Curtis got past him, but by lap 10 Pater was 4th having passed Curtis on Railway straight and Scott at the hairpin. Peter then got a second clear of the scrap behind which Stewart Scott with Paul Curtis and Lorn Murray running nose to tail behind him. Lorn Murray, who took 5th on the last lap as the two cars ahead of him clashed at the final corner, and Lorn took advantage. Stephen Ward also benefitted slipping past to take 6th after sitting on Lorn’s bootlid over the last 3 laps. Scott and Curtis got home 7th and 8th.