SPEAK TO MAKE WORLD SEMI-FINAL DECISION AT SKEGNESS SPEED WEEKEND
By BSCDA, Jul 5 2017 04:12PM
Rob Speak says he will announce at the Skegness UK Speed weekend whether he will race in BriSCA F1 World Championship semi-final at the Lincolnshire track at the end of the month.
Speak, the current F1 stock car National Points champion, retired from the sport at the end of last season to concentrate on running Skegness Stadium as a promoter. On the way to winning the silver roof last season he also amassed sufficient World Championship qualifying points to race in one of the two World semi-finals.
And by finishing 13th in the points table and with top points scorer Nigel Green choosing Skegness as his semi-final venue, Speak will line-up on the inside of the fourth row of the grid at his own track.
Much of the talk throughout the qualifying rounds has been whether the 45-year-old will take up his grid position. Most people have been of the view he will, but Speak insists he has still to make a final decision.
“I’ve not decided yet, genuinely,” Speak says. “I haven’t decided because I have given up driving and I want to concentrate on promoting. And the only reason I would do it is because it might put another ex-amount of people through the turnstiles. That would be the only reason.”
“If I had drawn Stoke, I definitely would not race.”
Sources suggest Speak will be in the line up on July 29 in the World Championship semi-final at Skegness and in a Jamie Davidson-run car of his choice.
With that in mind, the prospect of Speak qualifying for the World Final at Ipswich is one to look forward to.
During the two-day meeting this weekend there will be 48 F1s taking part, along with close to 90 BriSCA F2s and 70 two-litre National Saloons at the Skegness track’s biggest meeting of the year.
It kicks off on Saturday evening at 5pm and is the only event on the stock car racing calendar where the BriSCA F1s, BriSCA F2s and National Saloon stock cars compete on the same bill during the season.
It also gives the F1 World semi-final competitors who have drawn Skegness the opportunity to fine-tune their cars prior to the big day.
Pole-sitter Nigel Green will be keen to have his car dialled in to the Skegness Tarmac, a track where he has won twice before this season, albeit in wet conditions. Stuart Smith Jnr, who will line up alongside Green on the World semi-final front row, will also be hoping to get plenty of track time after engine problems curtailed his involvement at the UK Open weekend in May.
Also on the bill on Saturday before the meeting at 3pm is the Teng Tools World Champions Challenge, a three-way contest between the three world champions taking part at the meeting – F1 world champion Frankie Wainman Jnr, BriSCA F2 world champion Wim Peeters, and National Saloon stock car world champion Simon Welton.
All three drivers will go out in each other’s cars and trade fastest laps. Last year it was won by then F1 world champion Speak. “It a fun thing to do,” said Wainman Jnr. “but Speaky won it last year, so I’ve got to try and match that!'