Frank Wrathall in action

Frank Wrathall has underlined his status as one of the most popular drivers on the Dunlop British Touring Car Championship grid, after scooping HiQ’s champagne moment for his Thruxton heroics.

The 25 year-old became the first driver in HiQ history to win successive awards in 2011 when fans came out in their hundreds to vote for his impressive showings at Snetterton and Knockhill.

And following his fifth, fourth and third place showings in the wet Hampshire weather last month, Frank’s name is still etched firmly in the hearts of supporters everywhere, with hundreds voting for his Jason Plato defying efforts in the rain.

The Preston speedster polled 34 per cent of the votes and pipped Dave Newsham into second place (31 per cent) with Gordon Shedden third (23 per cent).

Nick Drew, of Lincoln, was picked at random as the winning fan and he will now receive a bottle of champagne himself, two tickets to the next round of racing at Oulton Park, a grid walk before one of the races and a chance to present Frank with his bottle in person.

Nick said that the absence of Paul O’Neill from this season’s grid might result in an even bigger fan club for Frank, as ‘Owy’s’ supporters back the Dynojet star in 2012!

He said: “I am thrilled for Frank because he is a young, up and coming driver and he continues to impress.

“I am a big Paul O’Neill fan but without him being in the line-up this year, my allegiances have turned to Frank. I think a few other fans might have done likewise.”

HiQ’s marketing manager Geraldine McGovern said: “Our champagne moment awards are firmly back on the agenda and we are delighted that Frank has won our first award of 2012.

“He more than deserves it and we want to thank everyone for entering for making the competition so successful.

“This is the fourth year of champagne moment awards and they appear to be going from strength to strength.”

To vote for a HiQ Champagne Moment and stand a chance of winning a race weekend experience to treasure, click on http://www.hiqonline.co.uk/BTCC/