RAW DISAPPOINTMENT AFTER PROMISING START
Steve Burgess and Ben Dimmack had shown once again how competitive their Radical RXC could be against the modern GT3 machinery at Oulton Park.
Burgess had secured the class pole position for the first of the two GT Cup races and was fifth overall too. “I was happy with that as it was so wet and some of the others had ABS and traction control,” he said.
There was certainly no question of slick tyres, as the rain was heavy and the track soaked as the grid formed up.
He was into fourth place on the opening lap and continued to consolidate his place over the chasing pack, but was unable to close in to threaten third placed Lucky Khera’s Ferrari.
The track had started to dry as the pitstop window opened, with Burgess pitting on lap 11 to hand to Dimmack.
“The car had been running fine until about three laps from our stop. Fifth gear started to get a bit noisy and it wasn’t sounding good though when I came in,” Burgess added.
With Dimmack in for the second stint, hopes of a good finish were still looking Ok. “We had good pace in the race again and decided to change to slicks at the stop. As others were staying on wets, I think we had a good chance of an overall podium. But I had only done half a lap and the gearbox went,” said Dimmack, after touring back to the pitlane to retire.