Flawless Drive From Wrathall Earns Second Super Touring Win of Classic Weekend

by James Charman

Frank Wrathall completed the Super Touring Trophy double at the Silverstone Classic, taking his Vauxhall Cavalier to the top step of the podium on Sunday afternoon.

Wrathall, who inherited the Saturday afternoon race win following a stewards’ enquiry, led from start to finish, holding back an early charge from the RS500s’ superior straight line speed.

“This win is much more enjoyable,” said the Dynojet BTCC driver. “We didn’t deserve yesterday’s win, but I was desperate to make it count after the first race so we made some changes overnight. I knew from the first lap that it was much better, it was perfect. I could have driven an hour in that race, the car was a dream.

“These cars are so much better than our current BTCC cars, these are real racing cars. I love this event, too, it’s what racing’s about. Whether or not I’ll be in a Super Tourer next year or not, I don’t know. It might be time to find a new project.”

Further down the field, Stewart Whyte, who was caught out in the crash-bang-whollop style of the opening race, was carving his way through to second position, but couldn’t keep up with the pace of the Cavalier and had to settle for the second spot on the podium.

Neil Smith, who originally won the opening race before being excluded for causing an avoidable incident, also charged up through the field, only to be caught in a late battle with Dave Jarman’s Nissan Primera, just losing out at the line as the flag dropped early, ending a forgettable weekend for the Alfa Romeo driver.

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