National Points Championship


Introduction

The National Points Championship is a season long competition with the first winner crowned in 1956 with Jonny Brise (103) taking the championship over Doug Wardropper (5). The National Points Championship has been contested ever since with Frankie Wainman Jnr (515) the most successful driver with fourteen titles, one ahead of Stuart Smith (391) who managed to win thirteen titles in his career.

The winner of the National Points Championship will carry the Silver Roof (or aerofoil) for the twelve months they are defending the title.

The National Points Championship has taken many formats over the years but the winner has always received this championship title. From the first year in 1956 until 2001 the winner of the National Points Championship was decided over every meeting contested over the year with some drivers attending eighty to one hundred meetings over that year in order to win the championship.

From the 2002 to 2008 season the National Points Championship was contested over a sub-set of meetings known as the National Series. For the majority of this period, thirty-five meetings counted towards the championship and only two drivers took the honours over this period with Andy Smith (391) in the 2006 season the only driver able to stop the dominance of Frankie Wainman Jnr (515) who took the title in the other six years it was contested.

From the 2009 season it was all change with the invention of the “Shootout”. The first year once again was contested over thirty-five meetings with the first twenty-five all about qualifying for the end of season Shootout, the top ten drivers after these meetings would form the Shootout drivers who contested for the National Points Championship over the final ten rounds. Going into the Shootout all points were zeroed with a small attendance bonus. This time there was a three way battle for the National Points Championship with defending Champion Frankie Wainman Jnr (515) battling it out with 2006 winner Andy Smith (391) and brother Stuart Smith Jnr (390), who had yet to register a National Points Championship, but ultimately Stuart would come out victorious in the three way battle.

From 2010 to the present day there was a slight alteration to the qualification system whereby every round before a cut-off date counted towards qualification and the number of drivers was upped to the top twelve in the points at the cut-off date. Ten rounds were still contested for the Championship with the final round offering double points. Since its inception in 2010, this format has seen eight different winners in ten Shootout competitions with only Tom Harris (84) and Rob Speak (318) winning the National Points Championship Shootout more than once, both taking victory twice.

Andy Smith (391) became the first driver to win all three formats of the National Points Championship, winning the full season points in 1995, National Series format in 2006 and Shootout format in 2010. He was joined in 2018 by Frankie Wainman Jnr (515) who took his first Shootout and broke the tie for most wins with Stuart Smith (391) which had stood since 2008.


How it Works

Qualification

All drivers will race in all meetings up to a cut-off date which is usually the last meeting contested in July. Once the cut-off is reached, the drivers in the top twelve of the Grading Points will be entered into the National Points Championship Shootout.

Starting Points

All drivers competing in the Shootout will receive starting points, these are calculated based on the meetings up until the cut-off. Drivers receive two points for each meeting attended and one point for each Grand Final win.

Shootout Competition

There are ten rounds that make up the Shootout which are held at most of the tracks visited in the qualification phase.

All drivers will start each race within the Shootout at the back of the field in the “Shootout” grade as the Superstar grade is temporarily suspended at Shootout meetings. The drivers in the Shootout are designated by flashing lights. The drivers will start in two packs of six (providing all twelve drivers are in attendance) the bottom six in the front group with the top six in the back group.

Drivers score points in the regular way and have to qualify for the Grand Final like all other drivers, failure to qualify means scoring zero points and watching the race from the stands but a win in the Grand Final means that the winner will be on double points in the Grand National.

The Shootout Finale is held with double points on offer and usually sees the majority of the drivers still in contention heading into round ten. If a Shootout driver wins the Grand Final on the night it means they head into the Grand National on quadruple points.

In the 2019 Shootout, ten of the twelve drivers were mathematically still in contention to win the Championship.


Defending Champion

Tom Harris (84/1)

Tom Harris on the hunt for silver
Photo: Colin Casserley
Tom Harris takes to the roof to celebrate his victory
Photo: Dave Bastock
Tom Harris celebrates winning the Shootout in style
Photo: Colin Casserley
2019 National Points Championship Shootout top 3 – 1st Tom Harris (1), 2nd Lee Fairhurst (217) and 3rd Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)
Photo: Dave Bastock
Tom Harris and team celebrate his victory in the Shootout
Photo: Dave Bastock

Title and Roof Colour

TitleNational Points Champion
Roof ColourSilver

Most Wins By A Driver

RankDriverWins
1Frankie Wainman Jnr (515/1)14
2Stuart Smith (391)13
3John Lund (53)6
4Andy Smith (391/1)3
=Frankie Wainman (212)3
=Fred Mitchell (38)3
7Alan Wardropper (245)2
=Rob Speak (318)2
=Stuart Smith Jnr (390)2
=Tom Harris (84)2
=Tony Neal (100)2

Most Podiums By A Driver

RankDriverPodiums
1Frankie Wainman Jnr (515/1)23
2John Lund (53)16
3Stuart Smith (391/1)14
4Andy Smith (391/1)13
5Frankie Wainman (212)12
6Willie Harrison (2)7
=Paul Harrison (2)7
=Peter Falding (33/1)7
9Fred Mitchell (38)6
10Dan Johnson (4)4
=Doug Wardropper (5)4
=Trevor Frost (68)4
=Len Wolfenden (190)4
=Alan Wardropper (245)4
=Rob Speak (318)4
=Stuart Smith Jnr (390)4
=Doug Cronshaw (396)4
18Ellis Ford (3)3
=Bert Finnikin (55)3
=Craig Finnikin (55)3
=Ken Freeman (61)3
=Tom Harris (84)3
=Ron Rogers (152)3
=Lee Fairhurst (217)3
25Johnny King (6)2
=Mat Newson (16)2
=Aubrey Leighton (42)2
=Ray Tyldesley (85)2
=Tony Neal (100)2
=Mike Close (199)2
=Danny Wainman (212)2
=Jim Esau (244)2
=George Ansell (375)2
=Nigel Green (445)2
=Bobby Burns (471)2

Full List Of Winners

YearChampion2nd3rd
1956Jonny Brise (103)Doug Wardropper (5)Harold Bosworth (22)
1957Fred Mitchell (38)Doug Wardropper (5)Allen Briggs (138)
1958Doug Wardropper (5)Fred Mitchell (38)Ken Freeman (61)
1959Fred Mitchell (38)Doug Wardropper (5)Aubrey Leighton (42)
1960Fred Mitchell (38)Ken Freeman (61)Johnny King (6)
1961Trevor Frost (68)Ken Freeman (61)Johnny King (6)
1962Alan Wardropper (245)Trevor Frost (68)Fred Mitchell (38)
1963Aubrey Leighton (42)Alan Wardropper (245)Trevor Frost (68)
1964Alan Wardropper (245)Nev Hughes (69)Trevor Frost (68)
1965Ellis Ford (3)Alan Wardropper (245)Fred Mitchell (38)
1966Ron Rogers (152)Ellis Ford (3)Willie Harrison (2)
1967Tony Neal (100)Ron Rogers (152)Ellis Ford (3)
1968Tony Neal (100)Jim Esau (244)George Ansell (375)
1969Stuart Smith (391)Ron Rogers (152)George Ansell (375)
1970Stuart Smith (391)Doug Cronshaw (396)Jim Esau (244)
1971Stuart Smith (391)Willie Harrison (2)Doug Cronshaw (396)
1972Stuart Smith (391)Mick Noden (306)Willie Harrison (2)
1973Stuart Smith (391)Willie Harrison (2)Doug Cronshaw (396)
1974Stuart Smith (391)Dave Chisholm (252)John Hillam (229)
1975Stuart Smith (391)Willie Harrison (2)Doug Cronshaw (396)
1976Stuart Smith (391)Willie Harrison (2)Frankie Wainman (212)
1977Stuart Smith (391)Frankie Wainman (212)Willie Harrison (2)
1978Stuart Smith (391)Frankie Wainman (212)Dave Hodgson (272)
1979Stuart Smith (391)Frankie Wainman (212)Len Wolfenden (190)
1980Stuart Smith (391)Frankie Wainman (212)Len Wolfenden (190)
1981Stuart Smith (391)Len Wolfenden (190)Frankie Wainman (212)
1982Mike Close (199)Frankie Wainman (212)John Lund (53)
1983Bert Finnikin (55)Mike Close (199)Len Wolfenden (190)
1984Frankie Wainman (212)John Lund (53)Dave Berresford (260)
1985Frankie Wainman (212)Bert Finnikin (55)Stuart Smith (1)
1986Frankie Wainman (212)John Lund (53)Bobby Burns (471)
1987John Lund (53)Frankie Wainman (212)Bert Finnikin (55)
1988John Lund (53)Frankie Wainman (212)Ray Tyldesley (85)
1989John Lund (53)Peter Falding (33)Ray Tyldesley (85)
1990John Lund (53)Bobby Burns (471)Paul Harrison (2)
1991John Lund (53)Peter Falding (33)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)
1992John Lund (53)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)Peter Falding (33)
1993Peter Falding (33)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)John Lund (53)
1994Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)Peter Falding (1)John Lund (53)
1995Andy Smith (391)John Lund (53)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)
1996Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)John Lund (53)Peter Falding (33)
1997Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)John Lund (53)Andy Smith (391)
1998Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)John Lund (53)Andy Smith (391)
1999Frankie Wainman Jnr (1)Andy Smith (391)John Lund (53)
2000Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)Andy Smith (391)Paul Harrison (2)
2001Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)Rob Speak (318)Andy Smith (391)
2002Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)Andy Smith (391)Paul Harrison (2)
2003Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)Peter Falding (1)Gary Castell (247)
2004Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)Paul Harrison (2)Andy Smith (391)
2005Frankie Wainman Jnr (1)Mark Gilbank (21)Paul Harrison (2)
2006Andy Smith (391)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)Paul Harrison (2)
2007Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)Andy Smith (391)Stuart Smith Jnr (390)
2008Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)Stuart Smith Jnr (390)Andy Smith (391)
2009Stuart Smith Jnr (390)Andy Smith (1)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)
2010Andy Smith (1)Craig Finnikin (55)Paul Harrison (2)
2011Craig Finnikin (55)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)Dan Johnson (4)
2012Tom Harris (84)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)Craig Finnikin (55)
2013Ryan Harrison (197)Lee Fairhurst (217)Dan Johnson (4)
2014Rob Speak (318)Tom Harris (84)Mat Newson (16)
2015Dan Johnson (4)Rob Speak (318)Mat Newson (16)
2016Rob Speak (318)Nigel Green (445)Dan Johnson (4)
2017Stuart Smith Jnr (390)Danny Wainman (212)Nigel Green (445)
2018Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)Danny Wainman (212)Lee Fairhurst (217)
2019Tom Harris (84)Lee Fairhurst (217)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)
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For more indepth historical information in relation to the National Points Championship please follow the link below:

https://www.briscaf1stox.uk/website/champs_choices.php?champ=16

For more indepth historical information in relation to the National Points Championship Shootout please follow the link below:

https://www.briscaf1stox.uk/website/champs_choices.php?champ=17