CHRIS Burrage doubled up to kick off this year’s MRO 600 campaign in style, but two other winners stopped him from a clean sweep at the opening round last weekend.
Running the number one plate aboard his A51 Racing Yamaha, Michael Mills qualified fastest and led the opening racing laps of 2020, but it wasn’t long before Burrage was past and pulling away at the front.
On his familiar Seton Tuning Yamaha, the former Champion of Brands won by four seconds ahead of Mills and Dawid Krawiecki, making it an all-Yamaha podium.
Charlie Stone’s eighth place gave him the Clubman win, just ahead of fellow Clubman and 2019 Rookie 600 champion Cedric Bloch.
As Burrage made it two from two, it was a repeat podium in the second race as he was again joined by Mills and Krawiecki on the rostrum. Bloch got the better of Stone for eighth to snatch the Clubman honours by two tenths of a second.
A wet opener on Sunday didn’t phase the front three that dominated Saturday’s races, and it was the same trio on the podium again as the race was brought to a premature end as Lee Ellis crashed out.
Burrage led for the first half of the race before Krawiecki passed him and pulled a three second gap, while Mills raced to a lonely third place but added another podium finish to his weekend’s haul. Bloch finished fifth to take another Clubman win.
Dry asphalt for the final race gave Mills another opportunity to get his first win of 2020, and he did it in style after leading from start to finish. He pulled out an advantage of 1.3 seconds on the opening lap, stretching it to seven and a half seconds by the time he took the chequered flag.
Behind, Burrage and Harry Fowle battled all the way to the line, the gap between them three tenths of a second as they completed the podium. Krawiecki’s early podium fight waned and he finished sixth, behind Bloch and Stone, who’s fourth and fifth gave them another one-two in the Clubman class.
In the Rookie 600 class Jason Mariette took three wins, with a best finish of seventh while Phillip Storrow took the other class victory.
*Image: Mitch DuCran