We set off nice and early for the double-header at Mildenhall with 3 cars in tow, Frankie, Phoebe and Lewis Galer were all driving for the weekend.
Frankie and Lewis went out for heat 1, with Lewis on row 2 of the yellows and Frankie at the back with Matt Newson. There were a couple of stoppages during the heat, first for a stalled car on the racing line then for recovery of the rolled 533 car of Callum Oakes-Kitson.
After the restart, Matt Newson (16) led the pack home with Frankie 5th and Lewis 10th.
17 cars were out for heat 2 and Phoebe lined up at the front of the reds alongside Finn Sargent. It was a fairly straight forward race with no yellows and was won by Tom Harris (1), with Phoebe finishing a creditable 6th.
Just Lewis needed to contest the consolation and he lined up at the front of the yellows alongside Daniel Ford (18). We had a complete restart after an incident on the first lap where the 525 car of Nigel de Kock and Colin Goodswen (372) ended up tangled. From the restart (minus the 372 car), It was James Morris (463) who took the lead after 5 laps and led to the end, with Lewis finishing 6th and earning a place in the final.
Lewis lined up for the final in the middle of the yellows, with Phoebe ‘pole’ red alongside Liam Gilbank, and Frankie at the front of the superstars on the outside and alongside Gert-Jan Klok (H152).
The final was another very entertaining race and with the lack of stoppages the reds couldn’t catch the frontrunners, and Joe Nickolls (242) won the final, his second and first on shale. Craig Finnikin (55) was 2nd and Wille Skoyles Jr (541) was 3rd. Phoebe finished 8th and Lewis 10th.
Again we had all 3 cars out for the grand national, all at the front of their respective grades.
Another race that was packed with entertainment, and after a few stoppages it was won by Matt Newson, his 2nd win of the evening, with Willie Skoyles Jr finishing 2nd and Frankie 3rd, Phoebe finished 7th.
Sunday’s F1 racing followed the same format as the previous day with 2 heats, consolation, final and grand national, and all 3 cars were ready to race by lunchtime.
Phoebe and Frankie were out in the first race of the afternoon, with both at the front of their grades, Phoebe alongside Liam Gilbank and Frankie lined up alongside Craig Finnikin.
There were a couple of stoppages, firstly for the recovery of the H575 car of Yoren Winands and then for a coming together between Russell Cooper (415) and James Morris (463).
After this it was Frankie who hit the front and won heat 1 with Austin Moore (127) 2nd and Daniel Ford (18) 3rd, Phoebe finishing 5th (promoted a place when Liam Gilbank was docked 2 places for a jump start).
Lewis was out for heat 2 and was on the front row of the yellows, and sadly retired before halfway, in a race won by Willie Skoyles Jr, this after two 2nd places yesterday.
We didn’t have any cars in the consolation, and this was won by Craig Finnikin, with Nigel de Kock 2nd and Mark Sargent (326) 3rd.
Frankie and Phoebe went out for the final, Phoebe again on the front of the reds, and again alongside Liam Gilbank, and Frankie on the front of the superstars,
There was a stoppage to repair some fence damage after aboyt 6 laps and the recovery of the 215 car of Geoff Nickolls and another stoppage a few laps later, and on the 2nd restart it was Willie Skoyles Jr who again was leading with Bobby Griffin (166) 2nd and Craig Finnikin 3rd (Matt Newson and Frankie were in 2nd and 3rd on track but were both a lap down), and at the end of the race it was Craig Finnikin who won his 2nd race of the night, his first ever final at Mildenhall, with Liam Gilbank 2nd and another great race from Willie Skoyles to finish 3rd. Phoebe finished 8th.
The grand national saw all 3 cars out again, and in a race with no stoppages, at was Matt Hewson (16) who took his 3rd win of the weekend, with Willie Skoyles 2nd and Tom Harris 3rd. Frankie finished 4th.
Next up for Wainman Racing is a trip back to Lincolnshire, Skegness for the next semi next Saturday, see you there.
Photo’s ©Simon McGuinness