Wrathall earns top six finish at Brands

Frank Wrathall defends his position at Brands Hatch.
Frank Wrathall defends his position at Brands Hatch.
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The British Touring Car Championship made its dramatic return recently as the 2013 season got underway at Brands hatch in Kent.

Starting from twenty seventh on the grid Wrathall had a lot of work ahead of him to haul himself back into the points positions for the first 
race.

After a solid start and a frantic first lap Wrathall was well on his way up the order having gained six places in the first lap alone. His charge was interrupted by a safety car on the second lap, however Wrathall by this time was already up to sixteenth place.

As the race entered its final stages Wrathall found himself running as high as fifth but as his tyres started to lose their edge he slid back a place to finish in sixth place, scoring a solid haul of points after a spectacular start to the year.

His impressive first race placed him sixth on the grid for the second race and put him in a very good position to challenge for the win.

After another good start Wrathall was able to hold onto sixth place and was battling Collin Turkington for fifth when contact between the pair sent Turkington spinning off into the gravel at the first corner. This gave Wrathall fifth place and allowed him to in turn take forth away from Sam Tordorff a lap later.

That left him with the Audi of Rob Austin in front.

After progressively closing the gap with Austin lap by lap all the hard work was undone after an ill-judged manoeuvre up the inside of Austin led to contact between them.

This spun Austin off the track and dropped Wrathall back down to fifth place.

He maintained this position until the penultimate lap when Wrathall himself became the victim of contact with another car when Matt Neal touched the back of his car and spun Wrathall into the gravel ending his race prematurely.

The final race of the day took place in the only real sunshine of the whole weekend.

Wrathall lined up fifteenth on the grid.

Following yet another fast and more importantly clean start Wrathall worked his way up to ninth in the opening few laps.

He continued to gain places as the race went on, eventually fighting his way up to sixth place, joining a long chain of cars all battling for position.

As the race drew to a close the fight intensified with drivers changing position back and forth with each lap.

Ultimately Wrathall’s tyres were the deciding factor as they started to degrade and he started to slide back down the order and was eventually forced to finished in eighth position.

After a solid start to the season Wrathall stands eighth in the championship with eighteen points.

After a short three week break the action continues at Donington Park on April 20 and 21.

Davai Goosey