Speak does it the easy way for F1 shootout points

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

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.”

clear for a tri­umph Speak hit the front half­way through and pow­ered

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