Danny Wainman survived a last bend attack from European Champion Craig Finnikin to win the 2019 BriSCA Formula 1 Stock Cars 2019 World Masters at the Northampton Shaleway on Sunday.
Wainman took advantage of two restarts to take victory with a very impressive drive, proving you only need one car for both surfaces to be competitive.
Darren Clark led the initial getaway before the yellow flags were brought out after New Zealander Jordan Dare rolled on turns one and two. Rick Wobbes and fellow Kiwi William Humphries also got tangled up in the incident.
Clark then led the field away again at the restart but soon pulled off with some sort of issue handing the lead to Austin Moore.
The new World Champion Tom Harris was having a rather frustrating day (changing his engine before the meeting) and then getting tangled up with Mark Gilbank on the entrance to turn one. Harris eventually retired with what looked like more engine troubles.
The race was halted once more after heat one winner Koen Maris was tipped onto his side on turns three and four.
The second restart saw Wainman move into the lead after Moore and Karl Roberts ran out wide going through turn’s one and two, allowing Wainman to nip up the inside of both of them.
Behind Wainman, Wobbes was nudged out wide by Bobby Griffin going into turn one, taking second place.
After putting in some very fast and clean laps, Finnikin was starting to make in-roads on Griffin and overtook him just after the half-way stage. The European Champion then started to push on in pursuit of race leader Wainman.
Meanwhile, Griffin was starting to come under pressure from National Points Champion Frankie Wainman Jnr, who nudged the man from Retford out wide going into turn three to snatch the final podium spot away from him.
Dutchman Mark Tesselaar slipped up the inside of Griffin to take fourth but then left a gap for Griffin to go up the inside going into turn’s one and two. Tesselaar would eventually get the better of Griffin to take fourth.
With just a few laps left and back-markers looming, the gap between the top two was slowly coming down. Going into the last turn, Finnikin was within striking distance and lunged at Wainman putting both cars into the armco on the outside.
Luckily for Wainman though, he was able to ride the collision quite well and came through to take the 2019 World Masters, with his elder brother Frankie Wainman Jnr finishing just behind in second with Finnikin third.
Fourth with Tesselaar – who was also the highest placed overseas driver, fifth was Griffin and sixth was Bart Koopmans.
Seventh was Neil Scriven with Wobbes eighth, Gilbank ninth and Marten Bijlsma rounding out the top-10.
Mat Newson was 11th with Liam Gilbank 12th.
By Jordan Hollands.