Posted on September 24, 2007 at 8:15 AM
Anthony & Barry Gates retook the Radical Enduro SR3 championship lead at Pembrey in the Penultimate round of the British Championship.
Having closed the gap to just 8 points away from Phil Bailey at Croft 3 weeks previously, the pair were once again on form. Racing just 3 weeks after breaking his collar bone in a motorbike accident at Silverstone, Anthony qualified on a clear class pole ahead of Biduro star & team mate Ross Allen, with a time that lined them up 4th overall on the grid for race 1 & 3rd for race 2 just a few tenths behind the mighty Radical SR8's!
Watch the pole position qualifying lap of 52.7 above!
In the first race, Barry drove a confident opening stint underlying his progress as a driver in difficult wet conditions to lead the class initially. However, contact with Allen spun the pair of them down the order, but both recovered well to hand over to their team mates - Allen to Phil Baily and Barry to Anthony with the duo still in touch with the field. Anthony demoted Phil for 2nd place and took fastest lap but was too far away from class leader James Harrison to take the win & instead settled for the points for 2nd.
From left to right: Barry, Anthony, James Harrison, Ross Allen & Phil Bailey
In the second race, Barry once again started and did well to avoid an incident at the first corner which dropped him out of the class lead. He battled well with the front runner, but 'kept his head' to bring the car home in a close 4th place. A slick pitstop was made by Team RPM and Anthony soon took 2nd place and a championship leading position.
Phil Bailey's car broke down on the racing line on the exit of Hatchett hairpin 10 minutes from the end of the race and the ensuing safety car came between class leader James Harrison & Anthony, robbing any chance of victory.
"It's sad for Phil to break down as we want the battle to be fought on the track" said Anthony "After the having had the same for us at Donington twice, we know how he feels".
Anthony & Barry now have a 23 point lead over Phil going into the final round at Brands Hatch where a 3rd & 4th place position in class will ensure them the title.
ALL PHOTO'S COURTESY OF OLIVER READ
Anthony coaches Barry through his IWannaGoFaster.com
performance driving tuition business.