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Rainham racer Guiver moves top of championship with a big double win at Snetterton

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 June 2018

Rob Guiver in action at Snetterton (Pic: Eric O’Brien)

Rob Guiver in action at Snetterton (Pic: Eric O'Brien)

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Rainham racer Rob Guiver bagged a double victory at Snetterton to move him up to first in the championship standings with 136 points.

The Ducati Romford and Hyside Racing team member made his best start of the season in race one after starting from second place on the grid.

He immediately took the lead from pole-sitter Sean Neary, followed closely by Lewis Rollo.

Guiver and Rollo soon gapped the following pack with Rollo looking for a place to pass but Guiver always seemed to have the advantage.

On lap eight the race was red flagged due to an incident involving Ralph Lo Turco and the race concluded with Guiver finishing with a dominant win.

“We’ve struggled a lot with the starts this year and we’ve got ourselves a new clutch,” he said. “Obviously, it show dividends as we just flew off the line.

“I got my head down, rode as hard as I could, I started stretching the gap and I started enjoying it. It was a bit bittersweet because I wanted to take the chequered flag, but obviously I hope Ralph is alright.”

In race two, Guiver started from pole position with Rollo and Neary making up the front row.

And again, as the lights went out, he made another great start but Phil Atkinson made an even better lunge off the line and took first spot.

It was shortlived as a charging Guiver retook the lead almost immediately, leaving Atkinson and Rollo in third battling for the lower steps of the podium.

Guiver took the chequered flag in first place ahead of Rollo with Atkinson in third and added: “I was so pleased in race two to get the hole shot again, that just made my race that did, just to get into the first turn.

“I always struggle at the first two laps to get going. I like the fuel load to come down a little bit, the tyres to be proper warm.

“My old mate Phil came past me and I thought, ‘oh here we go’.

“I got back past and just put my head down. I’m struggling in a few areas to be fair.

“I saw the gap was closing a bit, so I really had to tidy things up.

“It’s hard leading, you’re the bench setter, so I pushed hard, broke the lap record with a 1:53.015 on my final lap and won the race.

“I’m over the moon for everyone in the team. I can’t thank everyone enough.”

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