02/05/2007 - Winning Start
Dunn & Gates winning startâ€¦ from the back of the grid!
Anthony Dunn and Barry Gates took their maiden win together at the first round of the Radical Enduro Sportscar Championship at Snetterton this weekend.
Despite showing great promise by recording the fastest free practice time, mechanical problems in qualifying meant that they had to start from the back of the grid from both of Sundayâ€™s races. Anthony took the helm at the beginning of the first race and scythed through the field to lead by half distance, overtaking many of the more powerful SR8 cars & smashing the lap record by over a second in the process! He handed the car to Barry, who continued to eek out the advantage and although a nail biting safety car period closed the field back up in the final minutes, he kept his composure to bring the RPM Motorsport car home and take the win.
The feat was even more remarkable as it was only the third ever race weekend for Barry, who is being coached by Anthony through his IWannaGoFaster.com performance driving tuition business. "We’ve worked hard over the end of last year and the winter so to get this result in the first race of the year is just fantastic” said Anthony. “The team gave us a great car, I peddled it hard then Barry did what was required to bring the car back home - I’m very proud!"
The second race also started well with Anthony again fighting his way through the field to the front of the pack. However, the joy was short-lived as an electrical problem prevented Barry from making a quick pit stop & the problem soon became terminal as the car came to a halt on the circuit.
Despite the setback, the pair lie third in the championship and Anthony is very confident of a strong 2007 campaign "It’s a shame that we couldn’t take the win again in the second race although at least it’s consolation to know we had the pace again to win on merit. It’s early days yet, but there’s no reason why we can’t challenge for the championship if we can get consistency together & keep scoring good points".
The pair race again at Oulton Park at the end of May.
- Anthony Dunn’s review of the CG-Lock.