British Championship


Introduction

The British Championship was first contested in 1956 at West Ham, won by Wilf Davies (25). The British has been staged at a range of different tracks over the years and has been contested every year except for 1971 and 1977.

Currently the British is termed as a “shared” event whereby all BriSCA Promoters and the BSCDA are responsible for staging the event with driver numbers expected to be over fifty.

The British is run as a single meeting whereby the Heats are used to determine the qualification for the main race, along with grid position. Wildly regarded as second in stature only to the World Championship, and is sometimes referred to as the British Drivers Championship.

Frankie Wainman Jnr (515) is the most successful driver in the British Championship’s history with nine wins to his name, taking his first British title in 1992 and his lastest in 2017. Frankie had a fairytale day at Skegness in 2017 when he managed to win the title the same day as daughter Phoebe took the British title in the BriSCA V8 HotStox.

The last two British Championships have come down to huge last bend attacks, denying the leader on both occasions with many more across the years producing some excellent close racing.


How it Works

Qualification

All drivers are welcome to attend the British Championship and will be split into a number of qualification Heats. The exact number of Heats are determined by the car numbers, but each driver will get a number of attempts to score points. There are normally between four to eight Heats that determine qualification.

The Race

The race is contested over twenty laps with a closed grid with the top points scorer in pole position. The number of cars per race varies between tracks but usually ranges between thirty to thirty-six cars.


Defending Champion – Tom Harris (84/1)

Tom Harris (Tarmac) – Photo: Colin Casserley
Tom Harris clinches his 1st British Championship
Photo: Dave Bastock
Tom Harris (Shale) – Photo: Colin Casserley
2019 British Championship top 3 – 1st Tom Harris (84), 2nd Frankie Wainman Jnr (515), 3rd Mat Newson (16) – Photo: Dave Bastock


Title and Roof Colour

TitleBritish Champion / British Drivers Champion
Roof ColourBlack and White

Most Wins By A Driver

NumberDriverWins
515/1Frankie Wainman Jnr9
53John Lund6
391/1Andy Smith4
2Paul Harrison4
391/1Stuart Smith3
2Willie Harrison2
396Doug Cronshaw2
190Len Wolfenden2
217Lee Fairhurst2
390Stuart Smith Jnr2

Most Podiums By A Driver

RankDriverPodiums
1Frankie Wainman Jnr (515/1)17
2John Lund (53)12
3Bert Finnikin (55)9
=Stuart Smith (391/1)9
5Paul Harrison (2/22)8
6Willie Harrison (2)7
=Andy Smith (391/1)7
8Stuart Smith Jnr (390)5
9Dan Johnson (4)4
=Mat Newson (16)4
=Mark Gilbank (21)4
=Ted Pankhurst (104)4
=Frankie Wainman (212)4
=Nigel Whorton (422)4
15Murray Harrison (97)3
=Lee Robinson (107)3
=Len Wolfenden (190)3
=Mike Close (199)3
=Alan Wardropper (245)3
=Peter Falding (33/1)3
21Ellis Ford (3)2
=Doug Wardropper (5)2
=Trevor Frost (68)2
=Tom Harris (84)2
=Ray Tyldesley (85)2
=Johnny Brise (103)2
=Ron Rogers (152)2
=Andy Stott (160)2
=Lee Fairhurst (217)2
=Jim Esau (244)2
=Dave Berresford (260)2
=Rob Speak (318)2
=Doug Cronshaw (396)2

Full List Of Winners

YearTrackChampion2nd3rd
1956West HamWilf Davis (25)Alan Briggs (22)Jumbo Allen (11)
1957West HamHarry Foot (14)Gerry Wier (13)Ted Pankhurst (104)
1958West HamJohnny Brise (103)Trevor Frost (68)Ted Pankhurst (104)
1959West HamDoug Wardropper (5)Trevor Frost (68)George Fougler (29)
1960West HamDoug Harvey (149)Johnny Brise (103)Aubery Leighton (42)
1961CoventryDon Evans (37)Chick Woodroffe (409)Terry Coell (133)
1962West HamAlan Wardropper (245)Fred Mitchell (38)Vic Ferriday (73)
1963Belle VueFred Ball (285)Doug Wardropper (5)Ron Rogers (152)
1964HarringayTed Pankhurst (104)Alan Wardropper (245)Ellis Ford (3)
1965CoventryEllis Ford (3)Alan Wardropper (245)Eddie Asling (253)
1966HarringayRay Pearce (234)Jock Lloyd (131)Ted Pankhurst (104)
1967Belle VueWillie Harrison (2)Peter Farrington (77)Ron Rogers (152)
1968HarringayJim Esau (244)Denis Driscoll (274)Johnny Piper (10)
1969CoventryStuart Smith (391)Howard Davies (327)Willie Harrison (2)
1970Belle VueDoug Cronshaw (396)Willie Harrison (2)Stuart Smith (391)
1971Event Not Held---
1972Long EatonGerald Taylor (250)Willie Harrison (2)Jim Esau (244)
1973NelsonMike Close (199)Gordon Smith (293)Stuart Smith (391)
1974NorthamptonPat Driscoll (81)Tony Leicester (34)Rodger Hollinshead (305)
1975Long EatonWillie Harrison (2)Frankie Wainman (212)Brian Powles (154)
1976Belle VueDoug Cronshaw (396)Bert Finnikin (55)Stuart Smith (391)
1977Event Not Held---
1978BradfordDave Mellor (304)Dave Hodgson (272)Stuart Smith (391)
1979Belle VueMike Close (199)Bert Finnikin (55)Andy Stott (160)
1980HartlepoolGlyn Pursey (175)Len Wolfenden (190)Willie Harrison (2)
1981Long EatonStuart Smith (1)John Lund (53)Nigel Whorton (422)
1982HartlepoolLen Wolfenden (190)Bert Finnikin (55)Andy Stott (160)
1983RochdaleLen Wolfenden (190)Stuart Smith (1)Bert Finnikin (55)
1984Belle VueStuart Smith (1)Mike Close (199)Bert Finnikin (55)
1985NorthamptonBert Finnikin (55)Stuart Smith (1)Mike Close (199)
1986Long EatonNigel Whorton (422)John Lund (53)Frankie Wainman (212)
1987SkegnessJohn Lund (53)Nigel Whorton (422)Bert Finnikin (55)
1988BradfordDave Berresford (260)Willie Harrison (2)Frankie Wainman (212)
1989ScunthorpeJohn Lund (53)Peter Falding (33)Ray Tyldesley (85)
1990HednesfordJohn Lund (53)Paul Harrison (22)Frankie Wainman (212)
1991BuxtonPaul Harrison (2)Ray Tyldesley (85)Nigel Whorton (422)
1992CoventryFrankie Wainman Jnr (515)Andy Hodgson (272)Bert Finnikin (55)
1993Long EatonPaul Harrison (2)Bert Finnikin (55)Ian Platts (77)
1994SkegnessPhil Smith (109)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)Peter Falding (1)
1995CoventryJohn Lund (53)Dave Berresford (260)Andy Smith (391)
1996CoventryPeter Falding (33)Paul Harrison (2)Mark Gilbank (21)
1997BuxtonJohn Lund (53)Gaz Bott (41)Ray Witts (180)
1998CoventryJohn Lund (53)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)Murray Harrison (97)
1999CoventryFrankie Wainman Jnr (515)Andy Smith (391)Murray Harrison (97)
2000King's LynnAndy Smith (391)Paul Harrison (2)John Lund (53)
2001CoventryFrankie Wainman Jnr (515)Murray Harrison (97)Mark Webster (226)
2002CoventryAndy Smith (391)Rob Speak (318)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)
2003Belle VueFrankie Wainman Jnr (515)John Lund (53)Mal Brown (34)
2004SheffieldFrankie Wainman Jnr (515)Mark Gilbank (21)Mick Harris (8)
2005SheffieldFrankie Wainman Jnr (515)Mark Gilbank (21)Stuart Smith Jnr (390)
2006IpswichFrankie Wainman Jnr (515)Stuart Smith Jnr (390)Paul Harrison (2)
2007SkegnessAndy Smith (391)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)Dan Johnson (4)
2008CoventryStuart Smith Jnr (390)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)John Lund (53)
2009Belle VueAndy Smith (1)Lee Robinson (107)John Lund (53)
2010SkegnessPaul Hines (259)Andy Smith (1)Lee Robinson (107)
2011King's LynnPaul Harrison (2)Dan Johnson (4)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)
2012CoventryCraig Finnikin (55)Mick Sworder (150)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)
2013BuxtonLee Fairhurst (217)Rob Speak (318)Lee Robinson (107)
2014BirminghamPaul Harrison (2)Mat Newson (16)Paul Ford (388)
2015NorthamptonLee Fairhurst (217)Tom Harris (84)Dan Johnson (4)
2016SkegnessFrankie Wainman Jnr (515)Danny Wainman (212)Mat Newson (16)
2017SheffieldFrankie Wainman Jnr (1)Stuart Smith Jnr (390)Mat Newson (16)
2018Belle VueStuart Smith Jnr (390)Mark Gilbank (21)Dan Johnson (4)
2019HednesfordTom Harris (84)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)Mat Newson (16)
2020Event not held---

For more indepth historical information in relation to the BriSCA F1 British Championship please follow the link below:

https://www.briscaf1stox.uk/website/champs_choices.php?champ=2