More bad luck for Wrathall at Silverstone

Frank Wrathall in action at Silverstone.
Frank Wrathall in action at Silverstone.
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Garstang racer Frank Wrathall had a weekend to forget in the penultimate round of the British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone.

The weekend started well for the former Lancaster Royal Grammar School pupil after qualifying fifth but things soon turned sour.

After a promising start he finished a disappointing 10th in the opening race before an accident ended race two at just the second corner leaving the car so badly damaged he was unable to make the grid for Sunday’s third run.

Losing a place at the start of race one to the BMW of Rob Collard, Wrathall was able to keep the rest of the pack behind him.

Looking more competitive than he has all season the Toyota racer was soon onto the attack and forced his way up to fourth place half-way round the second lap. He was all over the back of Sam Tordorff in third place when the safety car was deployed to allow the recovery of two cars beached in the gravel at the final corner.

After five laps behind the safety car the race was restarted and Wrathall was able to keep the vastly more experienced Honda of Matt Neal behind him.

Whilst fighting to keep Neal behind the leaders started to pull away and the rest of the pack began to pile up behind him.

Eventually Neal forced his way past and this seemed to start Wrathall’s cascade down the order before finishing 10th.

The second race then proved to be his final one of the weekend.

After a solid start Wrathall arrived at the second corner to find a car sideways across the track forcing him to take sudden avoiding action and causing him to spin.

He was then hit by two other cars in the melee destroying the front left corner of the Dynojet racer.

The damage proved too bad to repair and Wrathall was unable to take part in the rest of the weekend.

The championship concludes in two weeks time at Brands Hatch where the Garstang ace hopes to repeat the win he took last year in the final race of the season.