Burgess bounces back to winning ways in final race

Steve Burgess (1) on his way to victory at Rockingham
Steve Burgess (1) on his way to victory at Rockingham

Reigning Radical Challenge champion Steve Burgess got back to winning ways.

After struggling for pace at Silverstone last week, Burgess returned to winning ways at Rockingham, with victory in the final race of the weekend for Banbury based RAW Motorsports.

At the start of race one Burgess was in second place for the long charge down to the Deene Hairpin, with Tom Harvey in ninth and Dominik Jackson tenth.

The lead quartet began to edge away but Jackson proved he had the pace to challenge Spencer Bourne for seventh, having made three places on the second lap.

Oliver Barker caught Burgess by surprise on lap five.

“I thought I had enough gap on him, he came from a long way back into the Deene Hairpin with a lunge,” said Burgess after losing out to his rival on the exit.

The pressure was still on however as Bradley Smith started to challenge him for third. “We got close, very close and then too close,” he said after contact at Tarzan on lap eight led to a spin.

Burgess again started well in race two but soon found his third place under increasing pressure from Brian Caudwell. His defence was holding tight until lap 12, when he was forced to pull off on the entry to Tarzan with a blown engine.

Burgess, Jackson and Tom Harvey had good starts in race three, with Burgess chasing Smith for third and Jackson heading Harvey in seventh and eighth respectively.

It was a four car lead train with Burgess third and Harvey just off the back of the group having demoted Jackson. Burgess and Harvey held station until the pitstop window, but with the stops completed Burgess was left with a good lead, which he converted into a 2.869 seconds win.

Brian Harvey made it a clean sweep of class wins for him and Tom with eighth on the road, which became sixth when some drivers received pit-lane speeding penalties.