Wain­man out of luck in New Zealand

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene -

BRISCA F1 World Fi­nal win­ner Frankie Wain­man Jr was on course to claim a fourth World 240in cham­pi­onship at Palmer­ston North Race­way in New Zealand but was taken out by a back­marker.

Wain­man, driv­ing a Phil Ogle-pre­pared car, started from the back of the 26-car grid in the open­ing heat and pow­ered to sixth. He claimed the vic­tory in heat two.

He was sec­ond in the points go­ing in to the third and fi­nal heat and was favourite for the crown as he was start­ing from pole. How­ever, a mid-race spill with a lapped car ruled him out.

“I started on pole, but de­lib­er­ately dropped back a few places at the start to try and keep out of the way,” Wain­man Jr said. “It worked re­ally well but Wil­liam Humphries man­aged to find me and, although he was on the in­field, he took me to the wall, cost­ing me a lap. He then teamed up with [lo­cal] Jack Miers, tak­ing me to the wall again in the race and out of the run­ning.”

Wain­man Jr fin­ished sixth over­all.

For­mer world cham­pion Lee Fairhurst fin­ished a promis­ing 11th in the first heat from 25th on the grid, but a mas­sive pile-up on the first bend in heat two re­sulted in the Fairhurst car with a dam­aged wheel and bro­ken brake pipe.

Bobby Grif­fin blew a dif­fer­en­tial, while John Dow­son, on his first visit to New Zealand, man­aged to fin­ish every race with­out be­ing

a fac­tor.

Wain­man was taken out of the race

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