Speak keeps his shootout hopes alive with win
Organiser: Trackstar When: September 24 Starters: 42
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.”