The Wain­mans com­plete podium lock-out at Stoke

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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.

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