BRISCA F1 REPORT
Wainman goes from the back to the front of the pack
Organiser: Skegness Stadium When: June 11 Where: Skegness Stadium Starters: 51
Frankie Wainman Jr claimed his eighth British Championship title on Saturday at Skegness in a hard fought race that featured him clawing back from an early race incident to claim an emotional win.
Earlier at the same meeting Wainman had seen his daughter Phoebe win the British title in the V8 Hotstox class.
Polesitter Stuart Shevil lost the early lead to Mat Newson. Behind them several cars tangled including Wainman Jr ,who dropped back to 20th place. Newson was then shoved wide by Ryan Harrison who took control of the race until just after the halfway point when Lee Fairhurst muscled his way into the front.
On the following lap Fairhurst and Harrison slammed the wall bringing out a yellow flag. On the ensuing restart Newson regained the lead briefly before Danny Wainman barged into the lead, only to lose it to his brother Frankie Jr with just over three laps remaining.
“What a race, what a night,” said Frankie Wainman. “The car was good all night, so when I lost a lot of places early on I thought I could get back near the front. The car was awesome towards the end, the stoppages helped me because there were a lot of good cars in front of me, but my tyres came good at the end.”
Brother Danny explained: “I don’t know how I finished. I got a lot of damage early on and I just kept going as best I could. When Frankie nudged me wide I went off the racing line into the wet outside line and couldn’t get back on him.”
Third place man Newson had mixed emotions. “I don’t know if I should be happy or disappointed with third,” said Newson. “I got the lead on lap one only to be fenced by the pack and pick up bad damage on the car. For the rest of the race the car was horrendous.”