Another top 10 finish for Dynojet & ZR Tyres Lincoln' Wrathall
Frank Wrathall and the Dynojet Racing team claimed a hat-trick of race finishes yesterday, two of them in the points, but were left to ponder what might have been had events panned out differently. For although Frank's Toyota Avensis was among the quickest cars in the field, a first-race incident left Wrathall battling a day-long disadvantage.
Saturday saw an encouraging start to the team's home-circuit campaign, Frank claiming his second top-six grid slot of the season. "That was a good session for us," said Frank. "Apart from Jason Plato out front, it was really close on the times but it's a hard circuit to try to get a perfect lap. It's so easy to make a mistake, but the car feels good and we're starting race one from a good position."
Race 1: 23rd
Wrathall made a great start but took a hit from another car in the first-lap melee which knocked his Avensis about sufficiently to demand a pit stop for investigation; Frank rejoined a lap down and finished 23rd. "I was hit by Turkington at the hairpin and it felt like the car was ‘crabbing' on the next straight. I brought it into the pits and we checked it over but it was fine, so we aren't sure what the problem was. It's a shame, as the pace was strong and we could have had a top-six finish."
Race 2: 12th
Narrow and twisty Oulton Park is no place to start a race from the back of the grid, but that's what Wrathall had to do and he more than rose to the challenge, battling through to 12th at the chequered flag.
"If you start 23rd around here there's only so much you can do - it's so hard to pass because it's such a narrow circuit. So I think to make it up to 12th was a pretty good effort. The Toyota was pretty good; starting where we did it gave us the opportunity to try a few different things with the set up and make a bit of a gamble. It worked, and if we'd have started a bit higher up the grid we would maybe have been able to do quite well."
Race 3: 9th
Again Wrathall and his Toyota showed great pace, and Frank was able to secure his fourth top-10 finish of the season. "It was a tough race to end the weekend and whenever there was any kind of contact in the race, I seemed to lose out. The Toyota felt really good and was strong, but we were up against it because of where we started and because of who we were racing against. We set the fourth fastest lap of the race, which showed what we were capable of, and I think that if we'd been able to hook a clear lap together, ours would have been the fastest car on track.
"We were really on the back foot all day as a result of what happened in the first race. It is so difficult at Oulton Park to make up places when you are at the back of the field. It's frustrating that we've had a good car and haven't been able to make the most of it."
Wrathall and the Dynojet team will return to action in a fortnight (23 June) at the Croft circuit in North Yorkshire.