BRISCA F1 Speak ends his bar­ren spell

BRISCA F1: Skeg­ness

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

Or­gan­iser: Skeg­ness Sta­dium Where: When: July 10 Starters: 39

It’s of­ten thought, in stock car cir­cles, that the world cham­pion has a jinx while he car­ries the gold roof sig­ni­fy­ing that he is the cham­pion.

It is cer­tainly true that Rob Speak, the cur­rent world ti­tle holder, has had more than his fair share of bad luck this sea­son. He man­aged to break his un­lucky streak by win­ning the fi­nal at Skeg­ness on Sun­day in dom­i­nant style.

Pole­sit­ter Mark Gray took the early lead but be­hind him Speak was forc­ing his way through the field from his grid 23 start­ing spot. Just after the halfway point, he moved into the lead and was never se­ri­ously chal­lenged.

Tom Har­ris made a late surge to come home in sec­ond place just ahead of Lee Fairhurst.

Speak said: “This is the first fi­nal I have won as world cham­pion: I was be­gin­ning to think I was not go­ing to win one. But the car was on rails to­day.”

Har­ris, who has won two fi­nals in the wet in re­cent weeks – in­clud­ing Sat­ur­day night’s pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal – has been driv­ing Speak’s old car while he builds a new one.

Third place man Fairhurst said: “We have missed the set-up in re­cent weeks, but we were a lit­tle better to­day. We have been work­ing on the car all week­end and we are get­ting it back to how it was. Third is better than nothing. We will work on the car dur­ing the week and hope­fully we will be back on the pace at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship next week at Northamp­ton Race­way.”

Speak broke the jinx of car­ry­ing the gold roof with a vic­tory

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