STARS COME OUT IN FORCE FOR SKEGNESS UK OPEN WEEKEND
By BSCDA, May 10 2018 06:16PM
It’s the biggest weekend of the season so far as the BriSCA F1 Tarmac road show heads to Skegness for the F1 Speedweekend, with a World Championship qualifier on Saturday night followed by the UK Open itself on Sunday afternoon.
With two of the sport’s big guns, world champion Nigel Green and Tom Harris set to return to the track for the first time this season, and 65 cars booked in for the two days, it looks set to be an action-packed weekend of Tarmac racing.
Green will be using his existing Tarmac car, which he tried out in testing at Birmingham during the week.
“The car had a misfire, but hopefully we’ve got it sorted,” Green said. “The car balance seemed OK.”
British champion Frankie Wainman Jnr goes into the UK Open on a winning streak having won both the King’s Lynn and the May bank holiday Belle Vue finals on consecutive weeks.
“My shale car is going well at the moment,” said Wainman Jnr. “I’ve been unlucky in a few finals on shale at the start of the year but the car has gone well at every meeting.”
The five-time winner of the UK Open will continue to race in the Derek Brown Tarmac car during the first half of the season, having sold his multiple championship-winning Tarmac car to Ashley England over the winter. His new Tarmac racer is a long way from completion.
Focusing more on both his son Frankie Jr and daughter Phoebe’s cars, as well as renovating and rebuilding his transporter, the new Tarmac project has been put on the backburner.
“Once Frankie Jr and Phoebe’s cars are ready and my truck is done then I will start on mine,” said Wainman Jnr. “But it will be a few months away before that is ready.”
“I’m chuffed to bits with Phoebe,” Wainman Jnr added. “She just keeps going and gets the places. She got seventh in her heat at Belle Vue last weekend and I didn’t lap her from blue grade.
“And that is some going at Belle Vue. It was bone dry then it was watered, so it was a slippy. She has taken a few good hits now and again and it hasn’t bothered her at all.
“I admit I was a little bit worried about it to start with, but all the drivers have been good with her in races. But she is holding her own anyway and racing with drivers who have raced for a lot longer that her and she’s beating them. She is really happy.”
In the meantime, Wainman Jnr has used the Brown Tarmac car to great effect this season, including a decent fourth place in the final at Hednesford.
“With the Birmingham and Hednesford weekend I now go into those meetings knowing I will struggle to get in the top four or five,” he said. “There are that many lower graders who now do all the winning, but I had a really good meeting at both.
“Derek’s car is really good. I was very impressed with it. To be honest, it is as good as mine, I would say.
“I was a bit fortunate it rained at Hednesford and I managed to get right up to the front. With another couple of laps I would have been in with the top three in the final. I was really pleased with the weekend.”
Stuart Smith Jnr currently tops the World Championship qualifiers table with Wainman Jnr in second place.
“I want to do well in the qualifiers and see if I can catch Stuart,” said Wainman Jnr. “It is going to be hard but I’m going to try.
“It is going to be a hard weekend, definitely, but I will be going out there to win, the car is quick enough and I will be going for it. I’m looking forward to it.”