• Rob Guiver gets 2 poles, 2 fastest laps and 2 wins
• 4 consecutive wins for the Ducati Romford / Hyside Motorcycles rider
• Guiver’s championship lead over Sean Neary extended to 42 points
Guiver led for the entire race, crossing the chequered flag with a 2 second advantage over 2nd place finisher, and closest champion rival, Sean Neary (Zoek Racing Team). Levi Day (Boast Plumbing), who broke his collarbone at Snetterton just 4 weeks ago, claimed the last podium position, with a comfortable 6 second gap over Highsparks teammates Lewis Rollo and Phil Atkinson.
Guiver was the only rider to go under 1:30s, with a fastest lap set on Lap 5 of 1:29.823. This time saw the Ducati Cup championship leader start from pole once again for Race 2 with the front row mirroring the podium finish with Neary and Day starting from 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
Guiver’s poor starts appear to be a thing of the past, as he got away well from pole to lead the pack into Paddock Hill Bend before clearing off at the front.
Guiver had already built up over a 1 second lead on his first lap, before going to post the fastest lap of the race on his 2nd lap with a time of 1:29.829, once again the only rider to dip into the 29s.
By half race distance Guiver had built up a 6 second lead, going onto to take the win with that same advantage, building on his points advantage at the top of the championship table.
Rollo got a great start from 4th on the grid to take 2nd. He was under pressure from Day and although he lost the position he gained it back in the dying laps., Rollo then made the most of backmarkers coming into play to build a gap and claim 2nd place.
Neary started from 2nd but dropped back in the early stages of the race with suspected technical issues. He found his pace midway through the race and caught the battling Rollo and Day, going on to claim the final podium position from Day.
Guiver now has a 42-point championship point advantage over Neary, with Rollo sitting 3rd in the championship another 12 points behind.
Rob Guiver (Ducati Romford / Hyside Racing #13) – Race 1, 1st – Race 2, 1st
“Perfect weekend. Obviously, after going home in an ambulance last year and going through what I went through…I didn’t think I was going to race again. To come back and do this, it’s been a dream weekend really. It’s my home round, all my family is here, even my mum’s come. It was great to get a win in front of her. The race was perfect, I didn’t put a wheel wrong and pulled away and won. Fantastic.
Lewis Rollo (Highsparks Motorsport #88) – Race 1, 4th – Race 2, 2nd
“Yesterday I never got the best of starts and I lost Levi and Neary. But I got a good start today and got away in 2nd. Just tried to keep plugging away at the laps. I knew I couldn’t put a fast lap in, but I knew I could kind of run consistent. Then Levi and Neary come past me! I see the backmarkers coming up. Levi made a couple of mistakes, so I managed to get him back and then get to the backmarkers first. Get through them and I got them in quite good places and managed to make the best of them. To come away from the weekend with a 2nd is a really good way to end it.
Sean Neary (Zoek Racing Team #10) – Race 1, 2nd – Race 2, 3rd
“A 2nd would have been better, a win would have been better. We had a few problems in the early laps and I thought I had some form of oil leak, so I was dropping back. I pulled it back together, but it was just too late at that point really. I thought I could salvage 2nd, I couldn’t quite. But fair play to other lads. Rob rode 2 faultless races. I wouldn’t have caught him anyway, he was in a league of his own. We’ve just got to keep on working and chipping away and come back stronger.”
Levi Day (Boast Plumbing #57) – Race 1, 3rd – Race 2, 4th
“Podium with a broken collarbone, I can’t complain. We were coming here not knowing if I would be riding. So, to be riding was a bonus and to be on the podium, well I wouldn’t have expected it at the start of the week.”
Steve Plater – Ducati TriOptions Cup Ambassador
“Another great race. Guiver, what a fabulous job. This time last year he was injured and on his way to hospital. But doing a great job these last few races. He’s dominated. He hasn’t just won, he’s dominated. It just proves once again what a great stepping stone the Ducati TriOptions Cup is for other championships. We’ve seen last year’s champion Joe Collier now leading the 1000 Superstock Championship, so all to play for. Not just for this year, I think the guys are queuing up ready to get set for 2019.”