16th June 2013: F1 & Ministox British Championships

Saturday night heat win. (MF)

Saturday night heat win. (MF)

We worked into the early hours to get my tar car out for the British. The last meeting I did in it was Hednesford in April. I’ve been using my shale car with tarmac engine, and making do with what I have that doesn’t need fixing.

I put the tar engine back in the tar car for the British. We fixed all the damage from Birmingham and Hednesford and it felt good. No alterations to suspension or anything like that, nothing new.

In practice at Buxton it felt awesome, the quickest it’s felt in a while.

Today young Frankie has his British also. The minis raced last night too, and he went well.

Good race with Tom in Heat 1. (MF)

Good race with Tom in Heat 1. (MF)


My first heat and I battled all race with Harris 84, exchanging hits and places. I went for a last bender on Tom, and didn’t think it was a particularly hard hit? But he went out and I took third.

Frankie’s mini race is out now. A looks very quick, and like me he gets third.

In my second heat I got 7th. Young Frankie got side swiped down the back straight and he hit the wall backwards, and that was the end of his race.

Thumbs up from Frankie on the parade lap. (MF)

Thumbs up from Frankie. (MF)

The British Finals were next. Young Frank’s race is on first and he’s qualified on row 4 outside. He has a reasonable start, battling with, Webster, Dorrell, and Austin Moore for the first few laps. He manages to break away but Peall and Courtney Finn have got a good lead. It would have taken a waved yellow for young Frank to catch them, but this didn’t happen. Courtney Finn won, with Harry in second and young Frank third.

I ended up qualifying on the fourth row outside for the British, the same as young Frank. Danny qualified 7th row inside.

Always good to get a big cheer. (MF)

Always good to get a big cheer. (MF)

I got a fab start and was up to third place before the yellows came out; I managed to avoid the carnage before me. But on the restart it just couldn’t set off, it was pushing on. Then it came to, and I raced with Speaky and Lee Robinson and crossed the line in fourth place. Danny got sixth.

Not a bad meeting, and good to see that me and young Frank were the quickest cars on the day!

Frankie

A great selection of photos from this weekend. Thanks as always to Martin Fitzgerald and Victor Peake.

A five-shot sequence of Frankie JJ's Saturday night crash (MF)

A five-shot sequence of Frankie JJ’s Saturday night crash (MF)

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Danny leaning on the jack handle (VP)

Danny leaning on the jack handle (VP)

Danny at speed (VP)

Danny at speed (VP)

Leaving the pits (VP)

Leaving the pits (VP)

Saturday night heat win. (MF)

Saturday night heat win. (MF)

Danny on parade (MF)

Danny on parade (MF)

This tangle with Paul Carter cost a few places. (MF)

This tangle with Paul Carter cost a few places. (MF)

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Posing with the new overalls. (MF)

Posing with the new overalls. (MF)

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Interview time (VP)

Interview time (VP)

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A couple of photos from the previous Buxton meeting.

Under pressure from Faye Smith on June 2nd. (MF)

Under pressure from Faye Smith on June 2nd. (MF)


Frankie at Buxton on Sunday 7th June.

Frankie at Buxton on Sunday 7th June.