Frank Wrathall

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Frank Wrathall
Frank Wrathall, Donington Park, Apr 2012.jpg
Nationality  British
Born (1986-10-04) October 4, 1986 (age 27)
Lancaster (England)
Previous series
201113
2008–2010
2007
1998–2007
BTCC
Ginetta G50 Cup
Ginetta G20 Championship
Karting
Championship titles
2010 Ginetta G50 Cup
Awards
2010
2007
2006–2007
BRDC Rising Star
Ginetta Rookie of the Year
Will Hoy Scholarship Winner

Frank Brian Wrathall Jnr. (born 4 October 1986 in Lancaster) is a British motor racing driver who has competed in the British Touring Car Championship. He won his first race on 21 October 2012 in the final race of the 2012 BTCC season.

Having graduated from karting in 2007, Wrathall made his car racing debut in the Ginetta G20 Championship. Having spent a single season in the series, he then switched to the Ginetta G50 Cup for 2008, going on to win the title in 2010. He joined the British Touring Car Championship in 2011, driving for the family-run Dynojet Racing Team.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Wrathall started his racing career in karting in the 1998 Comer Cadet Series. He spent the next six years progressing up through the karting ranks, winning several championships along the way.[1]

Ginetta Racing[edit]

In 2007, Wrathall swapped from karts to racing Ginetta cars. He took part in the 2007 Ginetta G20 Championship, debuting at Oulton Park and finishing the season in 8th place, with two podium results. This won him Ginetta Rookie of the Year. He graduated to the G50 Cup for the 2008 season, finishing second in 2008 and 2009 seasons. This spurred Wrathall on during the 2010 Ginetta G50 Cup season, leading to him eventually being crowned champion, after five race wins and 19 podium finishes.[1]

British Touring Car Championship[edit]

Wrathall moved up to the BTCC in 2011, racing for Dynojet in a NGTC Toyota Avensis .[2] At Knockhill, Wrathall became the first driver to reach the overall podium in an NGTC car, with two third place finishes and a fourth from the three races. He took another third place in the opening race at Rockingham before improving on this to finish second in race two.

Wrathall continued in the British Touring Car Championship in 2012, once again racing for Dynojet in the Toyota Avensis now sponsored by Mac Tools.[3] He took his first podium of the season in round 9 at Thruxton, finishing ahead of Jason Plato to finish third. At the final round of the season at Brands Hatch, Wrathall took his first ever BTCC win in the final race, ahead of Matt Neal and newly crowned Champion Gordon Shedden.

Dynojet Race Team[edit]

Dynojet Race Team, is a family run team, founded by Frank Wrathall Snr. He built the team up to help develop his son Frank’s racing career. The team was regarded as one of the best teams in the Ginetta race series.[4] The team is sposored by Dynojet, who make parts for the automotive industry.[5] In the 2010 Ginetta G50 Cup season, Dynojet won both the drivers and teams championships.

Prosecution[edit]

On 14 May 2012, Wrathall was at the wheel of a van involved in a collision with a cyclist on a roundabout. The police laid information against him, alleging that he caused death by dangerous driving as he had been using a mobile phone for 8 minutes prior to the collision, in which a 47 year old cyclist was killed. Wrathall denied the charge.[6] On 7 February 2014 he was jailed for 21 months after pleading guilty to the lesser charge of careless driving. He was also disqualified from driving for four years.[7]

Racing record[edit]

Complete Ginetta G50 Cup results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Pen. DC Pts
2008 Dynojet/Will Hoy Scholarship Ginetta G50 OUL
1

6
OUL
2

6
CAD
1

Ret
CAD
2

6
KNO
1

2
KNO
2

2
CRO
1

3
CRO
2

13
SNE
1

4
SNE
2

4
THR
1

4
THR
2

13
BRH
1

4
BRH
2

2
SIL
1

5
SIL
2

3
MAL
1

4
MAL
2

1
DON
1

4
DON
2

2
2nd 424
2009 Dynojet Ginetta G50 BRH
1

2
BRH
2

1
BRH
3

3
THR
1

14
THR
2

2
THR
3

4
DON
1

3
DON
2

3
DON
3

3
OUL
1

2
CRO
1

3
CRO
2

2
CRO
3

1
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

4
SNE
3

2
KNO
1

3
KNO
2

2
KNO
3

1
SIL
1

2
SIL
2

2
SIL
3

21
ROC
1

1
ROC
2

1
ROC
3

Ret
BRH
1

2
BRH
2

3
BRH
3

2
2nd 731
2010 Dynojet Ginetta G50 THR
1

2
THR
2

2
THR
3

7
ROC
1

1
ROC
2

2
ROC
3

1
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

4
BRH
3

1
OUL
1

2
OUL
2

2
CRO
1

4
CRO
2

5
CRO
3

4
SNE
1

2
SNE
2

4
SNE
3

1
SIL
1

1
SIL
2

Ret
KNO
1

2
KNO
2

2
KNO
3

3
DON
1

6
DON
2

10
DON
3

2
BRH
1

4
BRH
2

3
BRH
3

DNS
−10 1st 727
  1. ^ – Race staged in place of the cancelled race at Oulton Park.

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded just in first race) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races) (* signifies that driver lead race for at least one lap – 1 point given all races)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Pos Pts
2011 Dynojet Toyota Avensis BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

DNS
BRH
3

DNS
DON
1

16
DON
2

NC
DON
3

NC
THR
1

Ret
THR
2

DNS
THR
3

Ret
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

13
OUL
3

Ret
CRO
1

12
CRO
2

Ret
CRO
3

Ret
SNE
1

4
SNE
2

Ret
SNE
3

DNS
KNO
1

4
KNO
2

3
KNO
3

3
ROC
1

3
ROC
2

2
ROC
3

9
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

13
BRH
3

Ret
SIL
1

10
SIL
2

25
SIL
3

9
12th 65
2012 Dynojet Toyota Avensis BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

DNS
BRH
3

13
DON
1

9
DON
2

14
DON
3

7
THR
1

5
THR
2

4
THR
3

3
OUL
1

12
OUL
2

17
OUL
3

9
CRO
1

Ret
CRO
2

8
CRO
3

15
SNE
1

2
SNE
2

5
SNE
3

7
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

DNS
KNO
3

DNS
ROC
1

11
ROC
2

5
ROC
3

12
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

12
SIL
3

Ret
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

6
BRH
3

1*
10th 173
2013 Dynojet Toyota Avensis BRH
1

6
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

8
DON
1

7
DON
2

Ret
DON
3

Ret
THR
1

15
THR
2

19
THR
3

Ret
OUL
1

23
OUL
2

12
OUL
3

9
CRO
1

20
CRO
2

13
CRO
3

Ret
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

10
SNE
3

11
KNO
1

14
KNO
2

12
KNO
3

Ret
ROC
1

10
ROC
2

13
ROC
3

Ret
SIL
1

14
SIL
2

Ret
SIL
3

DNS
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

10
BRH
3

21
16th 76

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