Steve Burgess secured the Radical Challenge title at the final rounds at Snetterton, ending his title year with second place in the final race of the day.
It was team mate John Macleod that became the star for the Banbury based RAW Motorsports team. He spent the whole of race one chasing Brian Caudwell for the race lead and was only 0.748 secs away from the win at the flag.
Burgess had been duelling with Jack Lang for third until they clashed on the seventh lap. “He tried to take me into Riches and had my nose off into Wilson Hairpin,” he said.
While Burgess dropped to seventh, it was team mates Aaron Bailey and Joe Stables that gained, with Aaron taking the class win for the Teams championship, clinching fifth and sixth, with the Harvey’s 11th, just ahead of Elliot Goodman, and Gary Paterson 16th with Barry Liversidge a first lap casualty.
It was a good start for Macleod again in the second race, but he couldn’t match the pace of lead duo Bradley Smith and Lang, but just retained third as Caudwell pushed him hard at the end, swapping places before claiming it back out of the final corner.
Burgess had to play catch up after contact on the opening lap. “I got hit from behind by Caudwell at Wilson Hairpin. I got Jack Manchester back for sixth on lap five and then lunged at Tony Wells and spun, but still got him at the end though,” explained after taking sixth, which was enough to guarantee the overall championship.
Stables held ninth from mid race, with the Harvey’s 12th, while Goodman took 14th on the last lap, Liversidge was 15th, Lee Bailey 18th and Paterson 21st.
Burgess held third throughout the first half of race three. but snatched a surprise second a lap from home when Smith outbraked himself.
Macleod also gained from Smith’s mistake to secure fourth, while the Harvey’s made it home seventh, taking the Teams class victory, with Goodman 11th, Liversidge 13th, the Bailey’s 14th while both Paterson and Stables retired.