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By BSCDA, Nov 18 2018 05:16PM

After a hugely successful 2018 Gala night completed the 2018 racing season, the voting has now opened for our additional online votes. The BSCDA Members vote for several awards via the post, however these additional categories were added a few years ago and have proved extremely popular.

Please visit our Voting page to have your say on who takes home the prestigious awards on Saturday.

By BSCDA, Nov 15 2018 08:27PM

Frankie Wainman Jnr is the new BriSCA F1 National Points champion. Wainman Jnr secured the title at the National Points Championship Shootout Finale, sponsored by Richard Baldwin Motorhomes, at Belle Vue last Sunday by finishing sixth in the meeting final.

By winning the silver roof for the 14th time in his career, Wainman Jnr also broke the record he held jointly with the late Stuart Smith for National Points Championship title victories.

Wainman Jnr went into the Finale with a 34-point lead over his brother Danny, with Mat Newson in third place a further six points behind. Both Wainman and Newson needed to outscore Wainman Jnr in both heat, final and Grand National to have any hope of taking the title.

Newson competed in the same heat as Wainman Jnr, and having been passed by the Shootout leader at the start, Newson planted Wainman Jnr in the fence. After the restart Wainman Jnr returned the compliment before retiring with a flat tyre, while Newson finished down the field and out of the points. Lee Fairhurst, who began the day 108 points behind in fifth place, won the heat.

Danny Wainman finished third behind Tom Harris and Will Hunter in heat two, while Wainman Jnr recouped his lost points by winning the consolation event. Newson was unable take part in the race or the rest of the meeting due to engine issues – and so his challenge for the silver roof came to an end.

This left just Wainman and Fairhurst the only possible challengers to Wainman Jnr, but Fairhurst needed to win the final and finish second in the National, with Wainman Jnr and his brother failing to score any points to snatch victory.

In the final, however, after Harris was forced to pull off with gearbox problems, Jake Harrhy romped to victory ahead of Hunter, with Fairhurst third. Wainman Jnr finished sixth – enough to take the silver roof.

A memorable Shootout series was concluded with the Grand National and last race of the season. It was won by Bobby Griffin, with Fairhurst fourth, Wainman Jnr sixth and Wainman eighth.

After 10 tough rounds of competition, Wainman Jnr won the National Points title by 48 points ahead of brother Danny, with Fairhurst – who was the highest points scorer on the night – a further 36 points back in third place.

"I really wanted to win the Shootout this season and so it is a fantastic way to finish the year for me, and to break the record is the icing on the cake," said Wainman Jnr.

"I feel for Stuart (Smith Jnr). I know he must be gutted he couldn't defend his title – it would have been a close battle between us and I hope he makes a speedy recovery.

"It has been a long season and I couldn't keep up the level of competition without the help of my team, and in particular Norm, who has been with me for more than 20 years, Binns, Matt, Russ, Lee, Ashley, Gareth, Razz and last but no means least, my wife Sam."

It was a night of double celebration for the Wainman family as daughter Phoebe, in her first full season of competition, won the BriSCA F1 One-Car Series Championship, to become the first-ever woman driver to win a championship event in the sport.

Wainman needed five points to take the title leading up to Belle Vue and she secured the title in her heat by scoring ten points.

"I was feeling really nervous beforehand, so it meant I could relax for the rest of the meeting," she said. "It feels amazing. I really wanted to win it and it has been my target all season."

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.

Next round

Round 10 Shootout Finale: November 11, Belle Vue, sponsored by Richard Baldwin Motorhomes

By BSCDA, Oct 31 2018 07:59AM

After two intense rounds last weekend at Birmingham and Northampton for the National Points Championship Shootout there was nothing to separate two of the biggest rivalries in short oval racing.

Stuart Smith Jnr and Frankie Wainman Jnr – figureheads of two great stock car racing dynasties – stood at the top of the table tied for the lead.

But the battle for the silver roof has come at a cost for reigning National Points champion Smith Jnr, who has now been forced to curtail his challenge after suffering a season-ending spleen injury at Northampton on Sunday afternoon.

Having come away from the Sapphire Glass Merchants-sponsored round 7 at Birmingham with a 15 points lead, Smith Jnr was hoping to consolidate his position on Sunday afternoon at round 8, sponsored by Teng Tools, at Northampton.

The reigning world champion, who continued racing throughout the afternoon unaware of the injury he had sustained as a result of a multiple pile-up in his heat, was able to collect sufficient points during the remainder of the afternoon to share the lead in the series.

But now Smith Jnr is unable to race at the last two rounds, there will inevitably be a new National Points champion after the Shootout Finale at Belle Vue in two weeks time.

On Saturday night at Birmingham, it was Dan Johnson, currently restricted to competing on Tarmac after suffering engine damage to his shale car, who powered away to victory in the final, having also won the consolation event.

Will Hunter won the opening heat, chased home by Lee Fairhurst, while Mat Newson made his presence felt in heat two, moving Smith Jnr and Wainman Jnr aside to take the flag.

Smith Jnr bulldozed his way to the front to take victory in the Grand National and in so doing extended his lead at the top of the table.

The following afternoon at Northampton it was Hunter who led the way with a fine heat and final double, and followed up with an excellent fifth-place finish from the one-lap handicap in the Grand National.

In heat two Newson, Smith Jnr and Wainman Jnr were collected in a turn-one parking lot, with Smith Jnr and Wainman Jnr suffering major damage as a result. Danny Wainman survived to collect second place.

Newson and Smith jnr finished second and third in the consolation, with Wainman Jnr limping into the final with an outside rear flat tyre in eighth place.

Newson and Wainman Jnr posed the main threat to eventual winner Hunter in the final, finishing second and third respectively, while Smith Jnr collected vital points in fifth place.

Smith Jnr was forced to pull off with a flat tyre in the Grand National, while main rival Wainman Jnr took full advantage by winning the race.

With Smith Jnr now on the sidelines, the chase for the silver roof appears to be a three-way fight between Wainman Jnr, Newson and Danny Wainman, although it is still possible for Fairhurst – who suffered engine problems at Northampton – and in-form Hunter to spring a sensational last-gasp Shootout victory.

Next round

Round 9: November 3, Stoke, sponsored by Neil Stuchbury Motors