National stock car title for Dan Johnson

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Brisca Formula 1 Stock Car Racing driver Dan Johnson from Whitwell Common won the coveted National Points Shootout title at Sheffield on Sunday, for which his car now carries the silver roof for 12 months.

In one of the toughest sports out there, Dan had to see off the best drivers in the country to take the title.

The National Points Shootout series is raced over 10 meetings, five on shale and five on tarmac, and contested by the top 12 points scorers in the National Points Championship.

This year, the finale was at Sheffield on Sunday, and following nine rounds, Dan lay third behind British champion Lee Fairhurst, and current World and Shootout Points title holder, Rob Speak. With double points up for grabs, any one of a further five drivers could mathematically take the title, but would need something to happen to the leaders.

Dan was drawn in heat two, and had already seen the two ahead pick up points in their heat.

Dan muscled his way past track specialist Frankie Wainman Junior to get to the front, but was cursed with a flat tyre after shoving some back markers out of the way, gifting Wainman the win.

Dan then lined up for the Consolation race for all non-qualifiers for the final,in which he managed to get up to second behind flying yellow grader Ollie Ives.

The points scored in the Consolation put Dan just a handful of points behind Fairhurst and Speak again, and in a hectic race both the leaders crashed out.

Dan progressed up to fourth, behind Frankie Wainman, but this time Dan was a recipient of the places, as Frankie tried to move the second placed Karl Hawkins aside on the last bend, and hooked up over his bonnet, leaving Dan to finish second.

The final race saw three drivers still in with a shot at the title. Dan was now leading by almost 30 points, but the new challengers were now Frankie Wainman Junior and his younger brother Danny, only a couple of points further back.

There was drama aplenty as yellow caution flags were waved for Ben Riley, who had clattered the home straight fence, during which Dan had tangled with back marker Norman Mlodecki. Fortunately, as the tangle was after the flags, Dan was reinstated in his original position before them.

Dan then spent the rest of the race with Frankie Wainman racing behind him, and the likelihood of heading to the fence if he was close enough. In the end, Frankie hit a stray car which ended his race, and Danny Wainman finished 10th.

Dan Johnson came home fourth unscathed to be crowned 2015 National Shootout Points Champion, Rob Speak recovering to second and Matt Newson third.

This was Dan’s fourth title following wins in the 2007 UK Open, the 2008 European Championship and the 2014 Gold Cup at Venray.

His car will now proudly sport a silver roof for the next 12 months until next year’s Shootout is decided at Sheffield again.