BRISCA F1:northamp­ton

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

Or­gan­iser: In­car­ace When: July 17 Starters: 46

Dan John­son has a lik­ing for the Northamp­ton In­ter­na­tional Race­way. He won his first BRISCA F1 fi­nal there back in 2006 and his first ma­jor ti­tle fol­lowed two years later at the same venue when he won the Euro­pean crown.

On Sun­day the reign­ing Na­tional points ti­tle holder added his sec­ond Euro­pean ti­tle.

Shaun Web­ster and Joff Gib­son bat­tled for the early lead with Gib­son gain­ing con­trol of the top spot on lap eight.

Fur­ther back, John­son was slic­ing through the field from his 28th place start­ing spot and was clos­ing on the lead­ers when a yel­low flag bunched the pack to­gether. Gib­son held the ad­van­tage fol­low­ing the restart but, just as the race reached half dis­tance, John­son moved into a race-win­ning lead.

Nigel Green and Lee Fairhurst be­gan to close in on Gib­son. As the laps wound down, Green moved into sec­ond with three to go and Fairhurst out-foxed Gib­son on the fi­nal turn to take third.

A de­lighted John­son said: “The car was on rails to­day. I got a good start and man­aged to miss an in­ci­dent on the first lap and got through the traf­fic quickly.

“I man­aged to get rid of Rob Speak and was clos­ing on the leader when the yel­low came out. It didn’t do me any favours as it al­lowed those be­hind to close on me. But on the restart the car felt as good as it was be­fore the stop­page and it was just a case of not mak­ing any mis­takes.”

Sec­ond place­man Green said af­ter­wards: “I am sat­is­fied with sec­ond place, but I wouldn’t say pleased. I had some de­cent pace but John­son got by me early on and he was gone. I was too far back on the stop­page to get to him.”

“I was not quick enough to win,” said Fairhurst. “To get third is not too bad. My car is get­ting bet­ter. I got on the in­side of Gib­son go­ing down the back straight and I knew he would try and get me go­ing into the cor­ner, so I slowed down when I was along­side him so he couldn’t get me back.”

John­son won at Northamp­ton

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