By BSCDA, Nov 6 2018 06:35PM
Frankie Wainman Jnr strengthened his National Points Championship Shootout position at the top of the table after winning the final at the penultimate round at Stoke, sponsored by Neil Stuchbury Motors, on Saturday.
Wainman Jnr led an historic Wainman family 1-2-3 in the final, with brother Danny finishing second and son Frankie Jnr Jr in third place. Wainman Jnr's daughter, Phoebe finished eighth.
While Wainman Jnr stacked up the points with a second-place finish in his heat behind Sam Jacklin, and followed up his final victory with 12th place in the Grand National, one of his main rivals for the silver roof, Mat Newson, had a meeting to forget.
After pulling off in his heat with mechanical issues, he suffered a flat tyre in the consolation, thereby not qualifying for the final. Newson finished a lowly 10th in the Grand National, and is now 40 points behind Wainman Jnr in the series in third place.
Danny Wainman had another ultra-consistent meeting, with a fifth in his heat, second in the final, and a win in the Grand National after eventual winner Paul Hines was disqualified after his car failed the scales.
A decent points haul moved Wainman up to second place behind his brother, 34 points off the lead.
Of the remaining Shootout drivers, Will Hunter won heat one, while Lee Fairhurst stayed mathematically in touch with second in the consolation event behind Mark Sargent and fourth-place finishes in both the final and Grand National.
Now the Shootout contenders head to Manchester this Sunday for the final round of the series, the National Points Championship Shootout Finale, sponsored by Richard Baldwin Motorhomes, with double points on offer.
Will Wainman Jnr finish the season off with a flourish to win the silver roof for the first time in ten years? Or will brother Danny Wainman or Newson pounce to take the first major title of their careers? Or can Fairhurst achieve what looks the impossible by coming from 108 points off the lead to snatch a remarkable, and what would be a memorable, National Points Championship Shootout success?
The only way to find out is to be at Belle Vue next Sunday for what promises to be a dramatic night of BriSCA F1 stock car racing.
Round 10 Shootout Finale: November 11, Belle Vue, sponsored by Richard Baldwin Motorhomes