Speak keeps his shootout hopes alive with win

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It was a case of deja vu at King’s Lynn on Satur­day night as Rob Speak col­lected his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive Shootout win with Frankie Wain­man Jr and Paul Har­ri­son fol­low­ing him home, the same three drivers that made up the podium a week ago.

Adam Bam­ford grabbed the lead on the ini­tial start but, fol­low­ing a yel­low flag, John Dow­son Jr mus­cled his way into the top spot.

Fur­ther back Speak was slic­ing his way through the field and just af­ter the half­way point Speak barged Dow­son wide.

With the laps wind­ing down, Wain­man moved into sec­ond but was un­able to close the gap on the leader. Dow­son crossed the line third but was docked two places when he was judged to have jumped the restart, hand­ing third to Har­ri­son.

“Two wins in a row: now that I am no longer the world cham­pion, it seems that the gold-top jinx has been lifted!” said Speak. “I got a good start and man­aged to deal with Dan John­son and a few oth­ers quickly. I didn’t want to get caught up in a bat­tle with them, that just slows you down and makes it hard to catch the lower graders. I had to deal with Dow­son quickly, be­cause it only tales a cou­ple of bad cor­ners and the fol­low­ing pack will soon catch up.”

Wain­man said: “I am made up with sec­ond place. I got caught up with Mick Sworder early on so I am well chuffed with that re­sult. Start­ing right at the back of the field is hard. By the time I got through the traf­fic Speak was gone, I pushed as hard as I could but just couldn’t get close to him.”

Har­ri­son, who is tied for first place in the Shootout with Wain­man, said: “I feel for John Dow­son: I have lost a few podium places like that, so I know how he feels. Some­times it goes for you, some­times it doesn’t. My car was tight to start with but came good as the track dried out. It is early days in the shoot out, there is a long way to go but I am in the mix.”

Speak (318) took the King’s Lynn win

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