Burgess steals the show with a Rad­i­cal triple as tin-tops thrill on the greasy Snet­ter­ton sur­face

Motor Sport News - - Racing Reports - Oliver Tim­son

Steve Burgess stole the show in the re­vamped Rad­i­cal Chal­lenge Cham­pi­onship, claim­ing a clean sweep of wins in Satur­day’s trio of races. He teed off with a con­vinc­ing drive in the opener, over­haul­ing Brian Caud­well and grad­u­ally pulling away. Fur­ther back, Tony Wells ad­vanced from his mod­est third row start, pick­ing off Brian Mur­phy and Caud­well in the clos­ing laps to fin­ish sec­ond.

De­spite lead­ing most of race two, Burgess’ win­ning run looked to have ended when his race-long lead bat­tle with Bradley Smith cul­mi­nated in a dra­matic last-cor­ner col­li­sion. Smith had dived up the inside into Mur­rays, with the re­sult­ing con­tact leav­ing Burgess in a spin that con­se­quently gave Smith the win. But a post-race time penalty dropped Smith back to sec­ond, hand­ing Burgess top spot.

Burgess com­pleted his hat-trick in the pit­stop fi­nale, well ahead of French Su­per­bike rider Syl­vain Guin­toli, who took over from team-mate James Ab­bott to edge out Mark Richards and Caud­well for sec­ond.

The BMW M3s of Stu­art Waite, Karl Cat­tliff and Nigel Innes locked out the podium places in that or­der in both of the well-sup­ported Rac­ing Saloons races, while fur­ther back Rod­ney Frost and Colin Philpott took a win a piece in the Jaguar class con­tests.

Once Sun­day’s mid-day down­pours were spent, the com­bined Nip­pon Chal­lenge, Deutsche Mar­que and Tri­col­ore field took to a sod­den track for their open­ing race. Af­ter a brief safety car pe­riod thanks to a col­li­sion at Palmer cor­ner, Richard Hock­ley’s Honda Civic pulled clear Michael Ham­lett’s sim­i­lar car to win. He made it a dou­ble in race two, while Ham­lett’s early exit al­lowed Don Hughes’ Peu­geot 306 into sec­ond.

The Ford Fi­esta of Kester Cook clinched top spot in the first of two races for the MSVT Track­day Cham­pi­onship. Al­though James Brit­ton (M3) sprinted from the sec­ond row to snatch the early ini­tia­tive, his sub­se­quent tum­ble down the or­der al­lowed Cook though to win, al­beit nar­rowly, just with­stand­ing a late charge from Ryan Steel (Citroen Saxo).

Hav­ing over­taken pole­sit­ter Adam Lock­wood at the start of the open­ing MR2 race, and held an ad­van­tage for most of the race, Aaron Pul­lan looked in con­trol. But he hit oil and slid off on the fi­nal lap, al­low­ing Lock­wood to win.

Pul­lan bounced back in race two, over­tak­ing Lock­wood into the in­field at the start be­fore pulling steadily away for a con­vinc­ing win. Mean­while, Lock­wood was chased by a de­ter­mined David Hem­ing­way, who slipped past on lap four and just stayed ahead.

Matthew Swaf­fer surged into the lead in the open­ing mo­ments of the Pro­duc­tion BMW opener, pulling clear of pole­man Harry Good­man and David Graves. Be­hind them, a great drive from the back by Gian­luca Maretto was re­warded with fourth. Mean­while, ti­tle hope­ful Matthew Wile­man had a tor­rid time, forg­ing his way from the back of the field af­ter his quick­est qual­i­fy­ing lap was dis­al­lowed, fin­ish­ing sixth in the race de­spite a spin, only to be ex­cluded.

De­spite again build­ing an early lead in race two, this time Swaf­fer was reeled in and passed by a de­ter­mined Good­man, who claimed a well-de­served win.

De­spite de­scrib­ing his start as “ter­ri­ble” James Raven quickly re­cov­ered to move past pole­sit­ter Chase Owen and pull clear to win the first For­mula Ford Su­per Se­ries race. Raven con­verted pole in race two and held off late pres­sure from Owen to win again.

Dean Hyde put in a great per­for­mance to steer his rapid BMW E30 to vic­tory in the Track­day Tro­phy en­duro, de­spite it be­ing his first Tar­mac cir­cuit race. An epic chase sim­mered for sec­ond, with Ray Honey­bone’s Re­nault Clio just hold­ing off Steve Pap­worth’s feisty Mini to claim sec­ond.

Waite did the dou­ble in Toyo

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