Frank Wrathall jailed for causing death by careless driving

Former British Touring Car Championship driver Frank Wrathall has been sentenced to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving, and disqualified from driving for four years.

The 27-year-old, who has driven for his family-run Dynojet Racing team in the BTCC for the past three years, was involved in a collision with a cyclist on May 14th 2012 near his home and the team’s base in Preston.

Wrathall was originally charged with causing death by dangerous driving, but the case was postponed after it was first scheduled to be heard in July last year. Last month, Wrathall pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of death by careless driving, and was sentenced today to 21 months imprisonment, and disqualified from driving for four years.

The 2010 Ginetta G50 Cup champion’s best result in the BTCC was a race victory at the rain-hit season finale at Brands Hatch in 2012, finishing tenth in the drivers’ championship that year, though the team struggled last season with seventh as his best result.

The team had already sold their assets, including their Toyota Avensis race car, to the United Autosports team which will make their debut this season.