The first race meeting of the year was held on the 19th March 2017. This was the first round of the Boyndie Drome Open Challenge. A good turn out of drivers had entered. Beautiful morning led to heavy rain in the middle of the day, which dried up later.
Steven Duncan took pole-position in the final by winning all three heats, but it was Callum Meldrum that made the best start by leading at the end of the first lap. Meldrum continued to hold the lead until lap seven with Duncan challenging on his rear bumper. Coming through Kevins Korner Duncan got to the inside of Meldrum. Meldrum ran wide on the corner exit which allowed Duncan to take the lead. Duncan quickly opened a gap to take the victory. Darren Guijt was having a strong run in third and challenge Meldrum on the last lap but Meldrum took second with Guijt third. A close contest for fourth last the full 10 laps between Les Taylor and Rebecca McPhee. McPhee was on the bumper of Taylor throughout the race and on the last lap gained fourth position with Taylor fifth. Sixth home was Alex Hawcutt followed by Leon Hastie and Max Taylor.
1st - Steven Duncan (Aberchirder)
2nd - Callum Meldrum (Blairgowrie)
3rd - Darren Guijt (Kennethmont)
Ben Macleod took the lead from the lights from Ben Burnett and Jack Mackay. Mackay took second place on the second lap and closed down Macleod. Mackay took the lead on lap eight. As the lead pair approached Pit Corner on the last lap Macload made a robust challenge and the two collided resulting Mackay off the track. Macload came through to take the chequered flag with Mackay second and Burnett third. However officials deemed Macload challenge to strong and reversed the result giving Mackay the victory and Macleod second.Mini Max
1st - Jack Mackay (Golspie)
2nd - Ben Macleod (Evanton)
3rd - Ben Burnett (Oldmeldrum)
Poleman – Chris Walker took the lead from Ben Gordon and Daniel Macrae. On the third tour Gordon took the lead and open a considerable gap to take the victory. Walker came home for second. Daniel Macrae had a strong race for third. A trio battled for four were Allan Penny, Keiran Glen and Craig Thain. At the chequered flag fourth was Glen followed by Thain and Penny.
1st - Ben Gordon (Whitecairns)
2nd - Chris Walker (Aberlour)
3rd - Daniel Macrae (Aberchirder)
A battle for the lead lasted all race long between Fraser Skene and Keiran Smart. Smart was never far from the Skene’s rear bumper but did not have the opportunity to make a move. A very good drive for the victory by Skene and Smart was the runner up. David Eason had another strong run to take the third podium spot. Jamie Mackay was home in fourth ahead of Craig Middleton and Jamie Gomeche.
1st - Fraser Skene (Potterton)
2nd - Keiran Smart (Oldmeldrum)
3rd - David Eason (Turriff)
This was the first running of the separate race in running of a 177 class for larger drivers. It is hopped that the running the class as a separate event it will encourage more entries. Michael Christie dominated the class by winning all three heats and the final. In the final Christie streaked away from the other competitors and took a comfortable victory. Jay Mackay had an equally comfortable race to take second. There was a race long battle for third between Barry Ironside and John Borwick. It came down to an error by Ironside coming into Gate Corner on the final lap that allowed Borwick through. Borwick went on to that third and Ironside forth. Fifth was Stewart Thomson followed by Derek Morgan.
1st - Michael Christie (Banff)
2nd - Jay Mackay (Halkirk)
3rd - John Borwick (Inverness)
From the outside of the front row of the Graeme Gibbs took the lead from Neil Anderson. Anderson closed the leader down and had several attempts to gain the lead. At the start of Lap seven Anderson was on Gibbs bumper as they entered the Boyndie Strait and moved out by to take the lead at the end of the straight. Anderson drew away and took the victory at the end of the race. Gibbs took second ahead of a strong run of Gary Williams. Gregor Matheson finished fourth ahead of Rob Walker and Colin McIrvine.
1st - Neil Anderson (Insch)
2nd - Graeme Gibbs (Buckie)
3rd - Gary Williams (Ellon)
Next race meeting takes place on Sunday 9th April.
GKC Vice Chairman, Stuart Wyness, presented trophies for GKC after the meeting.
Trophy winners across the classes