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Good weekend for Rainham racer Guiver

PUBLISHED: 08:40 06 July 2017

Rob Guiver in racing action (pic Eric O'Brien)

Rob Guiver in racing action (pic Eric O'Brien)

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It proved to be a good weekend for Rainham’s Rob Guiver as he celebrated a pair of podiums in the Ducati Cup at Snetterton.

Having qualified in second spot for race one, Guiver looked well on course, only for a clutch issue at the start seeing him drop down to fifth place.

But by half race distance he had moved back up the field, passing Levi Day to move into third, before nipping past Sean Neary to occupy second spot behind Joe Collier.

It was nip and tuck, but Collier just saw off Guiver and on his second-place finish he said: “The old magic has sort of come back! I wouldn’t say I got a terrible start but we’ve had some issues with that clutch.

“I closed the gap, did some good times and felt comfortable until when I got up to Joe I think I’d done my rear tyre and couldn’t close any more.”

Guiver made a much better start in the second race, as he swooped past Day and Collier to occupy top spot at the end of the first lap.

Collier and Guiver broke away from the chasing pack, but the former set the fastest lap of the race and eventually passed the Romford man on lap six, before the race was brought to a premature end after a blown engine left oil on the track.

That meant Guiver had to settle for second once again, much to his disappointment, and he added: “I was gutted to lose race two in that way. I had been waiting for so long to finally have a race with Joe and it was set up perfectly and unfortunately the red flag ruined it.

“We have had a good weekend so I can’t complain; we had a lot of problems at Oulton Park which we have sorted out.

“To be honest I had to question if I had the confidence to ride fast again because I had three really big crashes that played on my mind quite a bit.

“So, to come here and be as strong as I was and have two good podiums as we head to Brands, hopefully Joe and I can finally have that race that has been brewing.”

The Championship standings now see Guiver 18.5 points behind leader Collier ahead of a trip to Brands Hatch over the weekend of July 22-23.


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