Gears and Tears Episode 3

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Episode 3 of 6

Duration: 29 minutes

Revenge is the order of the day for the rival stockcar dynasties as the Smiths and Wainmans go head-to-head in the European Championships, the most prestigious event of the season so far - at Northampton International Raceway. Torrential rain makes for atrocious driving conditions, but does nothing to cool the tempers of the women from the warring families. Meanwhile, bad boy Chris Cowley is back from his ban and determined to impress his new girlfriend. Can he pull off a surprise result?

  • Stu Smith Jnr showing the World Champion's Gold roof off in a spectacular fashion

    Stu Smith Jnr showing the World Champion's Gold roof off in a spectacular fashion

    In stock car racing the best drivers start at the back, guaranteeing a very exciting race as they battle through the field.

    Each race of the season carries points and these points are added together to create a national grading system, the more you have the further back down the field you start. Drivers are grouped into grades using the points and the grades are signified by their car’s roof colour. White grade is the bottom group with few or no points, rising to Superstar grade, which is the top grade.

    Roof colours in Order:

    · White

    · Yellow

    · Blue

    · Red

    · Superstar (red with flashing yellow lights)

    Behind the graded drivers on the grid are the Champions:

    · Black and White Chequered Roof = British Champion

    · Yellow and Red Chequered Roof = European Champion

    · Silver = National Series Champion (The League Championship)

    · Gold = World Champion (Single longer race, the sport’s most prestigious prize – The FA Cup of stock car racing)

  • Frankie Wainman Jnr's tarmac car showing the Silver roof of the National Series Champion

    Frankie Wainman Jnr's tarmac car showing the Silver roof of the National Series Champion

    It’s not unknown for white or yellow grade drivers to win races by a slim margin because the more established and faster drivers did not quite catch them in time. However, all drivers aim and aspire to be ‘Superstar grade’ and are happy to start at the back, wearing their red roof as a badge of honour.

Credits

Narrator
Ralph Ineson
Producer
Charlie Clay
Executive Producer
William Lyons

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