Burns Seals Rockingham Hat-Trick In Race Three


Burns Rock R3 2013

A dominant Rockingham visit was completed by Will Burns in race three of the second Protyre Ginetta GT5 Challenge event of 2013, who sealed a hat-trick of victories in the final race.

The Weston-Super-Mare driver once again lead the field out of the Deene hairpin for the first time, Luke Davenport moving up to second place ahead of front-row starter Clive Richards with a lunge at Yentwood, David Pittard also taking advantage to move into third at Kirby having disposed of Brad Bailey two corners earlier.

Burns kept Davenport at bay for much of the race before pulling a gap as he had done so in the previous two encounters, Pittard closing in on the Reflex Racing man in second place thanks to the distraction of a possible safety car for Alex Drabble’s car in the gravel at Gracelands bend, before passing Davenport just past the halfway stage.

Lap 10 saw Richards finally fall behind a fired-up Bailey for fourth place at Deene, the former Ginetta Junior race winner then moving onto the podium at the death with a decisive late-braking move on Davenport into the same hairpin.

Burns cruised to a third victory of the weekend by 5.865s, Pittard taking his second podium of the meeting in second place ahead of Bailey, Davenport the man missing out on the podium silverware.

Fifth place was awarded to Optimum Motorsport‘s Thiago Calvet thanks to a five-second penalty being dished out to Richards for exceeding track limits which dropped him to sixth, Matt Flowers taking seventh place for Academy Motorsport.

Oliver Basey-Fisher made his way through the field from the back after a race two exclusion for exceeding track limits, climbing to 12th at the end of the first lap before moving further into the top 10 by lap three. The Academy Motorsport man made his way up to an eventual eighth place by the flag, Ben Hyland another big mover having come from 22nd up to ninth ahead of Tor McIlroy.

The G20 class was missing Gary Simms as expected following his race two blow-up, Stuart Pearson comfortably taking the class win once again having run as high as ninth overall on lap one, Brian Murphy finishing second ahead of Nick Zapolski.

A stellar weekend for Burns sees him leap up to second place in the championship, now only 10 points behind series leader Bailey, Davenport lying third and a further 10 behind Burns.