Skegness – September 15th 2012: World Final Race Report

the Grid line up for the 2012 World Final. Photo Colin Casserley

For the second year in a row, Lee Fairhurst 217 qualified for the World Final grid as a Consolation Semi Finalist reserve when father Derek 218 was unable to take his place on the starting grid due to mechanical gremlins. Read the Consolation Semi-Final report HERE. Starting at the rear of the field proved to be the best place to be after a huge push into the first bend saw a multiple car pile up blocking the bend drawing the red flags and a complete restart. The second start saw Frankie Wainman jnr 515 back the field up by crawling into the bend before flying off in an attempt to get ahead. Cars again piled into the first turn with the armco being severely tested as cars scattered.

a first bend pile up causes trouble. Photo Colin Casserley

a first bend pile up causes trouble. Photo Colin Casserley

a first bend pile up causes trouble. Photo Colin Casserley

Craig Finnikin 55 and Paul Harrison 2 both went out early on, skidding out into the armco together with the race being halted again when Rob Speak 318 in Carl Pickering’s 141 machine found himself upside down, dumping oil onto the track.

Rob Speak 318 goes out of the World Final upside down. Photo Colin Casserley

On this occasion, yellow flags were called for and a single file restart with Frankie Wainman jnr 515 leading them away with his bent back front bumper almost touching his offside tyre, courtesy of Tom Harris.

Frankie cannily backed up the field before tearing off but Tom was quick to get up to speed and too the front, speedily comandeering the lead for himself before another bout of waved yellows. Tom led the field away from fellow rival Dan Johnson 4 who had cut through from the back of the field. Johnson soon made his presence felt, laying hard into ‘Hitman’ Harris for the lead, lifting him up and impaling him on the armco of turn two. By obliterating Tom Harris from the race, Johnson allowed Mark Gilbank 21 through to snatch up the lead with Fairhurst sliding neatly into second.

Dan Johnson 4 fights it out with Craig Utley 484 and Frankie Wainman jnr 515 after dumping Tom Harris 84 out of the race. Photo Colin Casserley

An impaled Tom Harris 84 tries to free himself from the fence. Photo Colin Casserley

The yellows came out but before assistance reached the stranded Harris, he gave it some throttle, sending sparks and tyre smoke into the air and managed to free himself from the fence. Gilbank reled the remaining competitors away, with Johnson overhauling Fairhurst for second before moving on to reel in and pressurise Gilbank. Johnson thumped Gilbank aside for the lead, but Gilbank was soon back up into the fray, lunging in to try and send Fairhurst flying out into the leader on the pitgate bend.

Ryan Harrison 197 who made it into second early on was spun out in the latter stages. Photo Colin Casserley

Johnson and Fairhurst rode it out with Wainman jnr neatly moving up the order. The next bend, Fairhurst made his own move, to knock Johnson wide to claim the lead for himself and race smoothly off with a composure that belied his years to take the World Championship, most prestigious title that BriSCA F1 stockcars has to offer.

a composed drive from Lee Fairhurst 217. Photo Colin Casserley

Lee Fairhurst 217 takes the World Final flag 2012. Photo Colin Casserley

Lee Fairhurst 217 celebrates with some post race donuts. Photo Colin Casserley

Behind Fairhurst, Johnson and Wainman jnr squabbled over second but Frankie’s damaged front bumper almost pressing on his tyre, negated any heavy contact and he had to settle for third with Dan Johnson 4 taking second for the second World Final in a row.

the 2012 World Championship podium. Photo Colin Casserley

Lee Fairhurst 217 with Paul Harrison’s 2 borrowed gold roof at Northampton Masters. Photo Colin Casserley

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