Frank recovers after bad start

Frank Wrathall at Brands Hatch.
Frank Wrathall at Brands Hatch.

FRANK Wrathall got his second season in the British Touring Car Championship underway last weekend at the historic Brands Hatch circuit.

Wrathall’s first qualifying session of the year went well as he set a time of 48.963s, just half a second off pole position.

This placed him 8th on the grid for the first race of the year.

Unfortunately, things did not go quite so well on Sunday.

Wrathall was forced to retire on the first lap of the first race with a broken gearbox which put him out of action for not only the first race but the second as well.

However, never a team to admit defeat, his mechanics worked flat out and were able to get the car running again in time for the third and final race of the day.

Starting from the back of the grid is never a good position to start from but determined to make the best of a good situation Wrathall gained five places in the first lap alone.

However, it was the fourth lap of the race that was the one to remember.

Matt Jackson in third place suffered an engine failure and dumped oil all over the track leading to a huge seven car pileup at the second corner.

Wrathall was just able to avoid the carnage with inches to spare and the race was stopped to allow the cars to be safely recovered. The race was eventually able to re-start although with a greatly reduced number of cars.

In what was then a much more sedate race Wrathall was able to gradually move his way up the field, ultimately finishing in thirteenth place, scoring him a valuable three points.

The action continues in two weeks time at Donington Park on the April 14 and 15.