Grand National Championship

Grand National Championship


The Grand National Championship began in 1971 as a way to entice drivers to race in the last race of a meeting. The race after the Grand Final, formally called the Helter Skelter, typically saw low car entries.

Between 1971 and 2012 each Grand National would count towards a points chart and towards the end of the season there would a one off race to determine the Champion with many of the tracks taking it in turns to host this race. From 2013 onwards, this changed into a season long points battle with the winner being determined by the number of points they scored.

The Grand National Championship is run with a multiplier, with lower graded drivers receiving more points. The end of season points usually features a mixture of grades and often the closing parts of the season can see a blue grader fighting with the superstars. This happened in 2019 whereby eventual winner Tom Harris (84/1) and defending champion Frankie Wainman Jnr (515/1) were battling with Charlie Sworder (5) for the win.

With thirteen wins, Frankie Wainman Jnr (515/1) is the most successful driver in this championship, five wins clear of second placed John Lund (53).

How It Works

The Grand National Championship is a points championship based on the scores from the Grand National at each meeting.

There is a points multiplier based on the grades of each driver. The multipliers are:

Whites x4

Yellows x3

Blues x2

Reds/Superstars x1

If a driver were to win the Grand Final they would also score double points towards the Grand National Championship.

Title and Roof Colour

TitleGrand National Champion
Roof ColourNone

Defending Champion – Tom Harris (84)

Most Wins By A Driver

1Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)13
2John Lund (53)8
3Stuart Smith (391)4
4Frankie Wainman (212)3
=Tom Harris (84/1)3
6Andy Smith (391)2
=Stuart Smith Jnr (390)2

Most Podiums By A Driver

1Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)19
2John Lund (53)15
3Frankie Wainman (212)9
=Paul Harrison (2/22)9
5Stuart Smith (391/1)7
=Peter Falding (33/1)7
=Mat Newson (16)7
8Murray Harrison (97)5
=Andy Smith (391)5
=Tom Harris (84/1)5
11Bert Finnikin (55)3
=Len Wolfenden (190)3
=Mike Close (199)3
=Stuart Smith Jnr (390)3
15Willie Harrison (2)2
=Mark Gilbank (21)2
=Ray Tyldesley (85)2
=Steve Hodgson (172)2
=Danny Wainman (212)2
=Lee Fairhurst (217)2
=Les Mitchell (238)2
=Mick Noden (306)2
=Rob Speak (318)2
=Tony Allen (348)2
=Doug Cronshaw (396)2

Full List Of Winners

1971NorthamptonLes Mitchell (238) Doug Cronshaw (396)Stuart Smith (391)
1972HarringayStuart Smith (391)Tony Allen (348)Les Mitchell (238)
1973CoventryStuart Smith (391)Tony Neal (100)Mick Noden (306)
1974Long EatonTony Allen (348)George Ansell (375)Dave Taylor (30)
1975Nelson Doug Cronshaw (396)Frankie Wainman (212)Mike Close (199)
1976NorthamptonStuart Smith (391)John Hillam (229)Frankie Wainman (212)
1977Belle VueFrankie Wainman (212)Mike Close (199)Willie Harrison (2)
1978SheffieldFrankie Wainman (212)Willie Harrison (2)Bert Finnikin (55)
1979Event Not Held---
1980Belle VueStuart Smith (391)Frankie Wainman (212)Len Wolfenden (190)
1981White CityLen Wolfenden (190)Frankie Wainman (212)Stuart Smith (1)
1982SheffieldDave Mellor (304)Andy Stott (160)Glyn Pursey (175)
1983BradfordBert Finnikin (55)John Lund (53)Stuart Smith (1)
1984NorthamptonMike Close (199)Len Wolfenden (190)Mick Noden (306)
1985SkegnessFrankie Wainman (212)Peter Falding (33)Richard Ainsworth (354)
1986AycliffeJohn Lund (53)Frankie Wainman (212)Peter Falding (33)
1987ScunthorpeJohn Lund (53)Frankie Wainman (212)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)
1988SheffieldJohn Lund (53)Bert Finnikin (55)Ray Tyldesley (85)
1989AycliffeJohn Lund (53)Len Wolfenden (190)Ray Tyldesley (85)
1990CreweJohn Lund (53)Dave Berresford (260)Paul Harrison (22)
1991HednesfordJohn Lund (53)Chris Elwell (501)Nigel Whorton (422)
1992ScunthorpeKev Smith (64)John Lund (53)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)
1993BostonSteve Hodgson (172)Peter Falding (33)Wilf Warnes (91)
1994NorthamptonJohn Lund (53)Peter Falding (33)Steve Hodgson (172)
1995Long EatonFrankie Wainman Jnr (515)Peter Falding (33)John Lund (53)
1996StokePeter Falding (33)Paul Harrison (2)Murray Harrison (97)
1997Long EatonFrankie Wainman Jnr (515)John Lund (53)Murray Harrison (97)
1998CoventryJohn Lund (53)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)Paul Harrison (2)
1999NorthamptonRob Perry (217)John Lund (53)Murray Harrison (97)
2000NorthamptonFrankie Wainman Jnr (515)Paul Harrison (2)Murray Harrison (97)
2001SheffieldFrankie Wainman Jnr (515)Andy Smith (391)Mark Gilbank (21)
2002NorthamptonFrankie Wainman Jnr (515)Andy Smith (391)Mark Gilbank (21)
2003King's LynnFrankie Wainman Jnr (515)Mark Woodhull (335)Murray Harrison (97)
2004NorthamptonFrankie Wainman Jnr (515)John Lund (53)Peter Falding (1)
2005King's LynnFrankie Wainman Jnr (515)Andy Smith (391)Paul Harrison (2)
2006CoventryAndy Smith (391)Lee Robinson (107)Paul Harrison (2)
2007BirminghamAndy Smith (391)Paul Harrison (2)Lenny Smith (185)
2008Belle VueStuart Smith Jnr (390)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)Paul Harrison (2)
2009BirminghamChris Cowley (37)Paul Harrison (2)Danny Wainman (212)
2010BirminghamMat Newson (16)James Neachell (322)Scott Davids (462)
2011CoventryFrankie Wainman Jnr (515)Mat Newson (16)Craig Finnikin (55)
2012Belle VueTom Harris (84)Mick Sworder (150)John Lund (53)
2013(Points Based)Danny Wainman (212)Tom Harris (84)Lee Fairhurst (217)
2014(Points Based)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)Mat Newson (16)Rob Speak (318)
2015(Points Based)Lee Fairhurst (217)Mat Newson (16)Dylan Williams-Maynard (51)
2016(Points Based)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)Mat Newson (16)Rob Speak (318)
2017(Points Based)Stuart Smith Jnr (390)Nigel Green (445)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)
2018(Points Based)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)Mat Newson (16)Stuart Smith Jnr (390)
2019(Points Based)Tom Harris (1)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)Charlie Sworder (5)
2020Series not held---
2021King's LynnFrankie Wainman Jnr (515)Ryan Harrison (197)Tom Harris (1)
2022King's LynnTom Harris (84)Mat Newson (16)Craig Finnikin (55)

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