Wain­man Jr con­tin­ues shale run as late drama hits fi­nal

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Colin Casser­ley Re­sult

Or­gan­iser: Star­trax Starters: 33


March 28


Belle Vue, Manch­ester

Frankie Wain­man Jr chalked up his sec­ond fi­nal vic­tory of the year at Belle Vue and his sec­ond heat and fi­nal dou­ble. He has won two of the three shale meet­ings held so far in 2016 and fin­ished third in the one he didn’t win. How­ever, he cut his wins a bit fine, tak­ing the lead in both his heat and fi­nal on the fi­nal cor­ner of each race.

In his heat he nudged Daniel van Spi­jker wide on the fi­nal turn and won the drag race to the line by a mere 0.370 sec­onds. In the fi­nale he took ad­van­tage of a mis­cue by long-time race leader Bobby Grif­fin on the last cor­ner to take the vic­tory.

Grif­fin had taken over the lead of the fi­nal on lap four of the 20-lap event but as he went down the back straight for the fi­nal time sev­eral cars piled up in front of him. Faced with a blocked track and nowhere to go, Grif­fin ran into the rear of the pile-up. Wain­man Jr was a bit fur­ther back and used all of his 29 years of ex­pe­ri­ence to pick his way through the chaos to col­lect the lau­rels.

“I picked up a bit of dam­age on the last lap, but we will keep re­build­ing the car. This car is just han­dling great at the mo­ment, it has to be the best one I have ever built,” said Wain­man Jr.

Dan John­son fol­lowed Wain­man Jr across the line to claim sec­ond. “That was a tough race, it wasn’t much fun to drive in, but if that is what the pub­lic want, we will keep de­liv­er­ing it to them,” John­son said. “I had no idea what place I was in, or who was lead­ing so I just kept go­ing as hard as I could and hoped I would be up there.”

Wain­man has com­peted in nine races (Heat, Fi­nal and Grand Na­tional) on shale in 2016, win­ning six of them and fin­ish­ing third twice, so it is no sur­prise that he cur­rently leads the stand­ings by over 90 points, and al­most dou­ble the amount scored by John­son, who is sec­ond in the ta­ble.

Frankie Wain­man Jr left it late, but twice took vic­tory BRISCA F1

Grif­fin (166) was left with nowhere to go

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