SCRIVEN STEERS CLEAR OF THE MULTI-CAR SCRAP BEHIND
BRISCA F1: Skegness
Organiser: Skegness Stadium
When: May 15 Starters: 48
Third generation driver Neil Scriven chalked up the biggest win of his career last Sunday when he won the UK Open at Skegness.
Jon Horne took the early lead but Scriven quickly eased his way to the front and opened up a sizeable gap on the rest of the field.
As the race neared the halfway point, Todd Jones, Luke Davidson and Paul Harrison began to close in on the race leader. A yellow flag bunched the field but on the ensuing restart Scriven was able to hold onto his lead.
Davidson nudged past Jones for second but, on the following lap, Jones barged back past Davidson.
That allowed Harrison, Danny Wainman, Mat Newson, Stuart Smith Jr, Michael Steward, Lee Fairhurst and Frankie Wainman to all join the battle for second place.
A monumental scrap between those nine drivers raged for several laps, allowing Scriven to break free for a comfortable win. Jones escaped from the battle to claim second, while Harrison somehow kept the others at bay for third.
“I didn’t want to see that yellow flag,” said Scriven. “I thought to myself ‘just get going on the restart, if I have a good one I might just hang on for a top five or 10 finish’.
“When I looked in my mirror and saw them beating each other up I thought this will help!” said Scriven.
Runner-up Jones made up for some bad luck in the heats. “I had six punctures this weekend, so this is a good result for me,” said Jones. “When Davidson went by me I was in a good position so I wasn’t going to give it up easy. I didn’t know who was behind me, I know there was a few of us mixing it but I was only looking forward, no point in looking behind you.”
Harrison said: “I didn’t need the yellow flag period. I was catching the leaders and making good ground before it came out, but on the restart it was a battle, we just slowed each other down, but it must have been great to watch and I think we put a good show on for the fans.”
1 Neil Scriven; 2 Todd Jones; 3 Paul Harrison; 4 Mat Newson; 5 Stuart Smith Jr; 6 Dan Johnson; 7 Lee Fairhurst; 8 Rob Speak; 9 Michael Steward 10 Ben Riley.