Fantastic finish to season for Wrathall

Frank Wrathall on his way to victory at Brands Hatch.
Frank Wrathall on his way to victory at Brands Hatch.

Frank Wrathall ended this year’s British Touring Car Championship in perfect fashion with his first victory in the class at Brands Hatch on Sunday.

The Garstang Racer crossed the line first in the third race of the day, the final of this year’s championship, as darkness and torrential rain descended on the Kent circuit.

“What a way to end the season,” said the former Lancaster Royal Grammar School pupil.

“Not only that but we’ve had to do it the hard way today after getting wiped out by another car in race one.

“But we got the set-up really working in the second race and it was just perfect. I’m over the moon.”

It was also the first victory for his small family-run Dynojet team and Toyota’s Avensis model.

“It’s a fantastic achievement for a small team like ours in only its second season at this level,” said Wrathall.

“We’d already had seconds and thirds and a pole position but a win means we’ve now ticked all the boxes.”

He took over at the front after a couple of laps when early leader Mat Jackson’s Redstone Racing Ford Focus slowed with a throttle problem and went on to dominate the race, securing his maiden victory.

Scot Gordon Shedden had earlier sealed the overall championship after finishing second in race two.