The Wainmans complete podium lock-out at Stoke
BRISCA F1: Stoke By Colin Casserley Organiser: Startrax When: November 3 Where: Stoke Starters: 35
Frankie Wainman Jr has one hand on the National Series Shootout trophy after a convincing final win at Stoke. Wainman Jr came to the event tied at the top of the standings with Stuart Smith Jr after last week’s events. However, injury meant Smith Jr was forced to miss the meeting and he will not return for the remainder of the contest.
The Stoke result created a first in the 64-year history of stock cars when the top three places were filled by members of the same family. Wainman Jr was followed home by his brother Danny Wainman with Frankie’s son Frankie Wainman Junior Jr completing the podium places.
The race was halted on the opening lap when Neil Scriven and Nigel Harrhy both rolled their machines. At the restart, Sam Jacklin grabbed the lead while the multicar pile-up slowed the field. Wainman Jr was able to barge his way through the melee and track down Jacklin. He took the lead just after the halfway point. Danny Wainman battled with Wainman Junior Jr before nudging his way into second in the closing stages.
“It was a hectic start; I had a little bit of luck getting through the pile-up,” said winner Wainman Jr. “But when I got into the lead I just tried to drive conservatively and not take any chances. It’s great to have the family take the top three spots, but when we get out on the track it is each man for himself.”
Frankie Wainman Junior Jr added: “[Frankie] might be my dad but if I had caught him, I would knock him out the way like any other driver. It’s just he is faster than me at the moment and I have not had the chance to beat him yet!”
Danny Wainman moves into second in the Shootout points chart ahead of Mat Newson, who had a disastrous meeting at Stoke, failing to qualify for the final. However, with 40 marks separating the top three and a possible 90 points on offer at the Shootout finale on Sunday at Belle Vue, the title is still up for grabs. Results 1 Frankie Wainman Jr; 2 Danny Wainman; 3 Frankie Wainman Junior Jr; 4 Lee Fairhurst; 5 Karl Hawkins; 6 Paul Hines; 7 Mark Woodhull; 8 Phoebe Wainman; no other finishers.