GRAEME Gowland and Barry Burrell shared the podium spoils as they turned up the heat in the Mirror.co.uk BSB-Evo Championship at the new Snetterton 300 circuit on Sunday.
Gowland, of Allendale, Northumberland, finally broke his 2011 Evo duck as he scorched to victory in race one at the Norfolk track, but the rider was devastated when he crashed out of the second while looking good for a double win.
Bishop Auckland’s Burrell overcame tyre troubles which destroyed his hopes in race one to storm through the field to grab third in race two, boosting his championship hopes.
Gowland was finally closer to his old self having battled back from a broken wrist in the opening race of the year at Brands Hatch.
The pre-season favourite, on board the WFR Honda, has struggled to get back to full race fitness as a result of the injury, but was almost back to his winning best as the championship arrived at the new-look circuit on Friday morning.
Consistently in the top three all weekend, his pace in qualifying saw him beat off many of the main Superbike runners as he took pole in Evo and 15th overall on the grid , three places higher than the next best Evo bike of Simon Andrews.
At the green light it was the PR Racing Kawasaki of Andrews which got the best start and sauntered into the lead, but it took just three laps for Gowland to reel him in and make the pass.
From there he came under little pressure, gapping Andrews and riding his own race all the way to the flag. However, things didn’t work out so well when race two got under way. Getting the best start and taking the Evo lead straight away, he made a mistake going into the new Hamilton’s corner on lap three and crashed out.