Wrathall claims more crucial points in wet conditions

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Round eight of the British Touring Car Championship was held last weekend at a windy and wet Rockingham Raceway.

The weekend did not start well for Frank Wrathall when he spun only seven laps into qualifying, leaving him nineteenth on the grid for the first race of the day.

After a good solid start he kept his position and narrowly avoided a big accident when five cars collided 
in front of him with the spinning proton of Dan Welch missing him by mere inches.

This meant the safety car was brought out and Wrathall had gained six places in the first lap alone.

Eventually it was safe for the race to resume and by the half way point he had managed to push himself as high up in the order as ninth.

As the race reached its final stages Wrathall became embroiled in a battle with Jack Goff over ninth place which ultimately he lost and finished in tenth position overall.

In the second race of the day, after a solid start from tenth on the grid Wrathall was able to defend his position in the run up to the first corner but due to the cold and windy conditions he was unable to get enough heat into his tyres and ran wide onto the grass half way round the first lap.

This sent him to the back of the pack although as the race progressed Wrathall was able to gain back the places he had lost.

Eventually he ran out of time and went on to finish thirteenth. The rain returned for the final race of the day and immediately after the start the safety car once again had to come out after another big accident.

After several laps under the safety car the race resumed but unfortunately contact with another car on the restart forced Wrathall to retire with a bent front left suspension.

Wrathall now stands in sixteenth place in the championship, the action continues in a fortnight’s time at Silverstone for the penultimate round.