Van Spi­jker makes big trip all worth­while

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Colin Casser­ley

Or­gan­iser: Skeg­ness Sta­dium When: March 25 Where: Skeg­ness, Lin­colnshire Starters: 33

Daniel van Spi­jker makes the 1000-mile round trip from his home in the north of the Nether­lands to com­pete in the United King­dom al­most ev­ery week, of­ten driv­ing past a meet­ing in his na­tive coun­try. His visit to the Good Fri­day meet­ing at Skeg­ness was re­warded with a fi­nal win.

Sean Wil­lis took the lead from the drop of the green flag and opened up a healthy lead. Be­hind him, van Spi­jker, Joe Booth, Steve Whit­tle and Todd Jones were swap­ping places on ev­ery bend.

By the time a flat tyre forced Wil­lis to re­tire from the race just af­ter the half­way point, van Spi­jker had opened up a small gap on the rest of the field but Booth was just a few feet away from the Dutch­man’s back bumper for the re­main­ing laps. Booth seemed to be bid­ing his time wait­ing for the right mo­ment to make his move but, go­ing down the back straight for the fi­nal time, Booth was baulked by a back­marker and was un­able to launch an as­sault on the race leader.

Van Spi­jker said: “The car has been fast all day. It was fast in prac­tice and fast in the fi­nal. It feels great to win; the car was han­dling per­fectly all race.

“I would like to thank Lee Fairhurst and his team for set­ting the car up for me, and my crew and fam­ily for all their help. I was ex­pect­ing a big hit from Booth on the last bend but it never came.”

“You’re a lucky man,” said Booth to van Spi­jker af­ter­wards. “I was lin­ing you up but I just couldn’t get to you on the last cor­ner! The back­marker just got in my way at the wrong time.”

Nigel Green, brother of DTM star Jamie, rounded off the podium po­si­tions, mak­ing it his sec­ond ros­trum fin­ish of the sea­son. Frankie Wain­man Jr was fourth and main­tains his lead in the points stand­ings over Green.

Re­sult

1 Daniel van Spi­jker; 2 Joe Booth; 3 Nigel Green; 4 Frankie Wain­man Jr; 5 Todd Jones; 6 James Neachell; 7 Luke David­son; 8 Craig Fin­nikin; 9 Lee Fairhurst; 10 Mat New­son.

Van Spi­jker: de­lighted

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