Rob Speak snatches an­other BRISCA ti­tle at the last gasp

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - BRISCA F1 By Colin Casser­ley

Or­gan­iser: Star­trax Where: Belle Vue, Manch­ester When: Oc­to­ber 30 Starters: 41

The BRISCA F1 sea­son is one of the tough­est in mo­tor­sport, com­pris­ing of 49 meet­ings and over 250 races on both shale and Tar­mac.

It is also one of the most com­pet­i­tive, with 23 dif­fer­ent fi­nal win­ners and, go­ing into the Na­tional Se­ries Shootout fi­nale, five driv­ers still had a chance of clinch­ing the ti­tle.

Nigel Green was on top of the points table with Rob Speak in sec­ond just ahead of Dan John­son, Frankie Wain­man Jr and Tom Har­ris.

Green was first to make his mark with a third place in heat one, but Wain­man Jr and Har­ris both failed to fin­ish and would have to rely on mak­ing the fi­nal via the con­so­la­tion race.

Heat two pro­vided drama when Speak looked to be head­ing for a race win that would have nar­rowed Green’s lead but, on the fi­nal cir­cuit, he was spun out by John­son, who was a lap down and seized his op­por­tu­nity to steal some points from Speak.

John­son fol­lowed up by win­ning the con­so­la­tion but Har­ris and Wain­man both had me­chan­i­cal prob­lems in the race and both failed to trans­fer to the meet­ing fi­nal, end­ing their chances of the ti­tle.

Go­ing into the fi­nal, Green held a slen­der eight-point ad­van­tage over Speak, with John­son 30 marks be­hind.

Green’s ti­tle hopes were dashed when a me­chan­i­cal prob­lem forced him to re­tire mid­way through the race. John­son seized his op­por­tu­nity to close the gap by fin­ish­ing sec­ond, with Speak fol­low­ing him home in third.

With one race left to de­cide the ti­tle, Green’s crew man­aged to re­pair the bro­ken prop­shaft and got into the Grand Na­tional.

Know­ing his only chance of win­ning was to elim­i­nate Speak; Green punted Speak into the fence on the first turn, but in do­ing so took him­self into the bar­rier as well. Speak was able to wrig­gle his was out of the chaos but Green was un­able to select a gear and was forced to re­tire.

John­son needed to win to re­tain his ti­tle but could only mange sixth, which handed the ti­tle to Speak, who retires at the end of the sea­son as arguably the great­est stock car driver ever with two shoot out ti­tles, two world fi­nals, eight F2 world crowns and 11 F2 points ti­tles. Shootout cham­pi­onship re­sults 1 Rob Speak; 2 Nigel Green; 3 Dan John­son; 4 Paul Har­ri­son; 5 Mat New­son; 6 Mick Sworder; 7 Frankie Wain­man Jr; 8 Tom Har­ris; 9 Danny Wain­man; 10 Lee Fairhurst.

Speak se­cured yet an­other F1 ti­tle

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