Frankie Wainman Jnr – 2012 Post Semi-final Interview

Frankie Wainman jnr (#515). Photo Steve Botham grabbed a few words with Frankie Wainman following his Semi-final race at Kings Lynn.

Congratulations on winning. You said before the race that you’d be happy to finish in the top five.

Well, I might have been joking… [laughs]. I went for the win.

That was the 12th semi-final that you’ve won. How did that one compare to the others?

Erm….. It was alright. [laughs]

So how was the race?

I was up for winning it. We had the car set up for the wet so I was fast early on, and I relied on there being a couple of stoppages, which I got.

I wasn’t fussed about Craig passing me. I know he’s fast but you can race him. I was more bothered when I saw Stuart coming.

I wanted to either win it or finish fourth or fifth, cos I reckon rows two and three will be going in the wall at Skeg, there will be a few cars smashed up.

Early on, you hit a marker tyre and bent your outside rear wheel.

I’m not sure if it was that marker tyre, I hit that just before Micky did, or it might have been when I bumped into Nigel (45). It was near the start of the race though.

Could you tell the wheel was buckled, and were you worried that the tyre might not last the whole race?

Yeah, I could feel it vibrating. When its like that, it either goes down or it doesn’t, there’s not a lot you can do apart from just keep going. I didn’t realise how bad it was until after the race.

After the second restart you seemed a bit slow getting away?

You swap the brakes around when the track starts to dry, and a stoppage alters things, especially if they water the track. It took me a lap or two to get back into it.

The World Final is 25 laps, it’s a long race. Are you bothered about your tyres going off?

We haven’t really got a good set-up for Skeg at the moment and I’ve struggled a bit there. But I’ve always seemed to be quite good at preserving my tyres, sometimes you have to ease off a bit for a few laps.

Your two previous World Final wins were both from a front row start. Do you think starting at the front is an advantage? A lot of people seem to think that inside row 2 is the best place to start, would you agree?

I’ve started most of the World Finals from the front, and a couple from the back. At Ipswich, I went for a second row start and I got one, and it was a disaster!

When you’re at the front you can control the start a lot more. I’ve got no illusions about going in the wall at Skegness, but at least off the front I’ll be able to control it a bit more.

We’ll have to see what happens at Birmingham. You’ve got Tom Harris and Lee Fairhurst and they are both really good, and obviously Mick as well. I wouldn’t like to call it.

How do you think your brother Danny will get on at Birmingham? How would you like him lined up on the front row next to you?

He will be fine, and if it turns into a smash fest he will definitely hold his own. I would love him to win it and start at the side of me, and he definitely could! I predict top 4.

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