Glory for Guiver at Brands Hatch
Rob Guiver wins his first-ever Triple Triumph Challenge Championship
Rob Guiver finally got his hands on the Triple Triumph Challenge Championship trophy at Brands Hatch today – and the Rainham rider admitted he had realised a lifelong dream.
The 27-year-old has endured a career of several ‘nearly’ moments, with four top-three finishes in the British GP125 Championship in seven years, but has never got his hands on a winners’ trophy.
But finally – at a packed circuit, eagerly anticipating the climax of the British Superbikes Championship later – Guiver completed a glorious weekend win-double to take the silverware.
“I’m over the moon,” he said, after sealing his 12th win in 18 races.
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“I’ve had such a good year – 12 wins is fantastic, I can’t fault it.
“I’ve finished every single race, which I’ve never done before, so it’s a dream come true.
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“This is definitely the highlight of the season. Winning the championship at Silverstone was fantastic, but Brands Hatch is my local track. All my friends and family are here and to do the win double – with the sun shining – it’s been fantastic.”
Guiver finished the final 10-lap race of the season in 15 minutes 35.360 seconds to blow away the field in typical fashion.
Having won from pole position on Saturday, ‘Rapid Rob’ recovered from a bump on lap three by Philip Atkinson, to take the chequered flag more than two seconds clear of his rival.
Chrissy Rouse completed the podium, while further back in the field Sam Cox, from Bow, placed 14th.
The 22-year-old, in his debut season, was looking to finish with a bang.
But after a crash just ahead of him on the Graham Hill bend on lap four – which brought an end to Kelvin Hoare and Sam Garnham’s respective races – Cox finished in 16.11.670.
But Cox, who rides without a sponsor, is philosophical about his weekend and the season as a whole.
“Beforehand I thought if I could finish the race with something to build on for next season I would be happy,” he said.
“But once you get out there and start racing you always want a bit more. Finishing 14th and 14th in the two races this weekend is not exactly where I wanted to be.
“But considering all the things I’ve been through this season, breaking my hand and foot this year, it’s not too bad.”