Coven­try Sta­dium

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

Or­gan­iser: Coven­try Rac­ing Club When: Starters: 143 Septem­ber 3

It’s been over 10 years since Frankie Wainman Ju­nior last won the BRISCA F1 cham­pi­onship of the world. On Satur­day night at Coven­try Sta­dium he re­claimed the ti­tle he last won at Northamp­ton in 2005.

Pole­sit­ter Nigel Green led the field into turn one but he was barged wide and that al­lowed Mat New­son to take up the run­ning fol­lowed by Wainman Jr.

Be­hind them New Zealan­der Peter Beng­sten tan­gled with Dutch­man John Cats­berg. That caused sev­eral of the favourites for the ti­tle to lose ground.

Leader New­son was soon deal­ing with back­mark­ers but he tan­gled with Neil Scriven as he was about to put a lap on him. Wainman took avoid­ing ac­tion and moved into the lead.

A lap later the yel­low flags waved when the bro­ken cars of Tom Har­ris and Michael Ste­ward came to rest on the rac­ing line.

On the restart, Wainman held onto his lead but Dan John­son be­gan to close in with Mick Sworder in third. Sworder quickly mus­cled his way into sec­ond place.

There was drama fur­ther ahead as Wainman col­lided with the spin­ning car of Chris Cow­ley.

Sworder swerved to avoid the in­ci­dent and briefly gained the lead, but in do­ing so he lost mo­men­tum and that al­lowed John­son to gain con­trol of the race with Wainman soon mov­ing back into to sec­ond.

The po­si­tions then re­mained static for many laps and, as the five lap to go sig­nal was given, Wainman was be­gin­ning to eat into John­son’s lead.

Just ahead of the lead­ers Ryan Har­ri­son slowed with a right-rear flat tyre. Dutch­man Bas Pee­toom slowed to avoid Har­ri­son but John­son just tagged the Dutch­man’s rear bumper which ripped John­son’s tyre and put him out of the race.

Wainman as­sumed the lead with de­fend­ing cham­pion Rob Speak mov­ing into sec­ond with Lee Fairhurst fight­ing his way through the traf­fic for third.

A de­lighted win­ner said: “The car was su­perb all the way through the race, and it was get­ting bet­ter as the race went on and the track dried out.

“The yel­low flag did me no favours. When Cow­ley spun in front of me I just tried push­ing him out the way rather than try­ing and avoid­ing him and risk­ing catch­ing his car and pop­ping a tyre. At that point in the race, John­son was quicker than me, but I knew my car would come good at the end and I just bided my time.

“John­son was un­lucky to clip the back­marker though: it’s the sort of luck I nor­mally have in a World Fi­nal. It’s just been a great sea­son for me. Peo­ple were writ­ing me off, but to win the World Fi­nal and the Bri­tish ti­tle in one sea­son is a great feel­ing.”

Un­der­stand­ably John­son was ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed to have lost out on the big­gest prize in the sport. “I must have used my luck up in the Euro­pean ti­tle race ear­lier in the year,” he shrugged. “I’ll keep try­ing to get faster.”

Third placed man Fairhurst was driv­ing a car for the first time.

“Daniel van Spi­jker of­fered me his car for the race,” he ex­plained. “It’s one I’d built but I hadn’t driven it be­fore.

“I hit the fence on the first lap avoid­ing Beng­sten when he spun and I lost a lot of ground, but as the raced went on and I got more fa­mil­iar with the car I picked up a lot of places. I just needed a few more laps to have made a real im­pact at the front.”

Wainman took the lead late on

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