Speak does it the easy way for F1 shootout points
Organiser: Skegness Stadium When: September 17 Starters: 38
A few weeks ago Rob Speak announced he would be retiring from stock car racing at the end of the 2016 season, but that hasn’t dulled his desire to win.
Speak clinched his second consecutive Skegness final on Saturday night and chalked up enough points to move him into fourth place in the shootout series, just 13 points behind series leader Nigel Green.
Mark Sargent jumped into an early lead with Jacklyn Ellis. Further back Speak was beginning to barge his way through the field and by the halfway point he moved into the race lead.
As Speak encountered lapped traffic Paul Harrison began to close on Speak but just couldn’t get close enough to challenge for the lead. In the closing laps Frankie Wainman Jr nudged Sargent wide to claim third spot.
A delighted Speak said: “I made a good start and got through the traffic well, but I saw Harrison close in on me and thought he was going to give me a big hit, but I think he clipped the curb and that gave me a big enough gap to hold on to until the end of the race. I might be retiring but there is plenty of life left in me yet!”
Second-placed man Harrison said: “I got away lovely, and when Speak got slowed up by the lapped cars I should have had a go at him then when I had the chance, but hindsight is a great thing. I think we were doing about the same lap times at the end and I just couldn’t get close enough. The car was handling great all night. To get a heat win and final second isn’t too bad.”
Wainman Jr said: “I’ll take that, it gives me some points for the shoot out. I got pushed wide at the start and they got away and I couldn’t catch them.”
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