Fairhurst sparkles as Speak signs off ca­reer

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

Or­gan­iser: Coven­try Mo­tor Club When: Novem­ber 5 Starters: 68

Lee Fairhurst fin­ished off the 2016 BRISCA F1 shale sea­son how he fin­ished off 2015 by win­ning the meet­ing fi­nal at Coven­try’s sea­son fi­nale. It was Fairhurst’s first fi­nal win of the sea­son, and his first since one year ago.

Rus­sell Cop­per grabbed the early lead but on a restart fol­low­ing a yel­low-flag pe­riod he was punted into the wall. That al­lowed Chris Bon­ner through to lead the race. How­ever, the new front man tan­gled with an­other car and flipped his ma­chine down the front straight.

This put Fairhurst in the lead and, on the en­su­ing restart, he be­gan to pull away from the pack.

As the race en­tered the clos­ing stages, Paul Harrison be­gan to close in on the leader but, de­spite a last-bend lunge, he was un­able to get close enough to dis­lodge Fairhurst from the top spot.

“I have to thank my team for this win,” said Fairhurst. “We have been mak­ing changes on the car all evening. It was good in the con­so­la­tion which I won and, af­ter a few more mi­nor ad­just­ments, it was even bet­ter in the fi­nal.

“I could see Harrison clos­ing in on me, I just said to my­self to keep steady and don’t try and over­drive it, and it was just enough to give me the win. It’s al­ways good to win at Coven­try, just a shame it took so long to win one this year.”

“If the race was just one lap longer I would have had it,” said Harrison. “My car was re­ally good when the track dried out. It just took me a lit­tle too long to get through the traf­fic, but that’s rac­ing.”

Rob Speak claimed a third place fin­ish in the fi­nal.

Fairhurst took vic­tory on shale

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