BRISCA F1: Skeg­ness

Motor Sport News - - World Rallycross - By Colin Casser­ley

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.

Scriven sur­vived an early-race cau­tion pe­riod to win

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