The championship leader travelled to Gosport having won all but one of his races throughout the early period of the campaign and his fine form never looked like ending as he produced a stunning display of riding to win every heat.
After racing in Scarborough and Greenock, the UK championships travelled to the south coast with Pope and Richard Rowe of the 250 class the standout names, the latter having already dominated the first two venues with five wins from five.
After leading the first two heats, it appeared as though Pope would easily claim the full 60 points on offer to increase his lead at the top of the championship. Rival Joe Harvey, however, had different plans and delivered a brave display of riding to produce a memorable race.
Harvey’s determination not to let Pope have it all his own way ensured that the crowd were treated to a true battle of grit from both, and the pressure put on the championship leader inevitably led to him making a number of mistakes.
Despite leading for the majority of the race, Harvey could not hold Pope off towards the death and the latter soon made the pass to seal maximum points. The victory ensured that the four-time European champion could secure the championship in Cardiff.