Wain­man Jr inches closer to Coven­try race­way record

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

Or­gan­iser: Coven­try Mo­tor Club When: Starters: 62 July 2

Frankie Wain­man Jr be­came the fourth dif­fer­ent fi­nal win­ner at Coven­try Sta­dium this year when he won on Satur­day night.

It was Wain­man’s 22nd fi­nal win at the Mid­lands track, and it puts him fourth on the all-time list of win­ners.

The fi­nal had many sim­i­lar­i­ties to last month’s race. It was a war of at­tri­tion with sev­eral race stop­pages and, for the sec­ond month in a row, Joe Booth rolled his ma­chine dur­ing the event.

Dave Wil­lis took the early ad­van­tage with James Mor­ris on his tail. Wil­lis had held onto the lead af­ter the first race stop­page, which was caused when Mick Rogers over­turned his ma­chine. But soon af­ter the leader had to pull off with over­heat­ing prob­lems when the yel­low flags bunched up the field for the sec­ond time.

Mor­ris in­her­ited the lead which he held un­til Wain­man Jr barged his way to the front with five laps re­main­ing.

Craig Fin­nikin be­gan to close in on the leader as the laps wound down, but with just over a lap to go the yel­low flags were shown to re­cover the up­turned car of Booth.

This cre­ated a one-lap shootout. Wain­man Jr timed the start to per­fec­tion and opened up enough of a gap to pre­vent Fin­nikin from launch­ing an as­sault on the fi­nal bend, while Tom Har­ris man­aged to sneak through to claim sec­ond on the last turn.

Af­ter­wards Wain­man ex­plained things had been far from easy: “I tan­gled with Fin­nikin early in the race and lost a rear shock ab­sorber and I was just hang­ing on to the car for the last few laps. I knew I needed a good restart at the end, and I got it. I said to my­self I just have to go for it and hope it works. I went as deep as I could through the last cor­ner in case Fin­nikin was close enough to have a go.”

A dis­ap­pointed Fin­nikin said: “Frankie went ear­lier than I ex­pected on the restart, I lost a bit of ground and I needed an­other lap to get my car wound up, but that is rac­ing I guess.”

ADAM MAXWELL The 2016 Hot Rod­world Fi­nal win­ner

“I was pretty happy af­ter that. I knew that the car was OK and that the tyres would last, so I was look­ing for­ward to it, but I also knew that Shane Mur­phy [start­ing on the sec­ond row] would be fast and I thought he had plenty in hand. I was pleased to fin­ish the first lap in front.” “It was partly my fault, be­cause I had run wide on the cor­ner be­fore and that gave him the run on me com­ing out of the turn. I was up against the wall, he was in­side me and there was a back­marker on the in­side of the cir­cuit. He had to move out to avoid the back­marker and came across into me. It wasn’t a de­lib­er­ate thing, he was just try­ing to get out of the way.” “I gave the car a bit of a wig­gle to make sure it was OK, and there didn’t seem to be any last­ing dam­age. I had quite a big lead by that stage, so I was able to take things a bit eas­ier over the clos­ing stages to just bring it home.”

Where does this rank among your wins?

“Noth­ing can com­pare to it. The World Fi­nal is the one ev­ery­one wants, and the best driv­ers are here. I had won the North­ern Ire­land points cham­pi­onship but this is an­other level.”

What will you do next sea­son? Any plans yet?

“I will keep plug­ging away, and I hope that I can come and do some more main­land big events.”

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