Mixed weekend for Rainham’s Rob Guiver in Ducati TriOptions Cup
PUBLISHED: 10:30 05 May 2017
Local resident had to settle for second and fourth-place finishes at Oulton Park
Rainham’s Rob Guiver maintained his solid start to the Ducati TriOptions Cup last weekend at Oulton Park, but lost the championship lead to rival Joe Collier.
The Hyside Racer remained focused in the first race of round three despite struggling with brake problems, which had blighted him during practise.
Guiver stayed behind pole-sitter Collier until a red flag was shown on lap three when Jonathan Railton crashed out as a result of a water leak onto his real wheel.
It caused several riders to crash on the contamination, but as the lights went out for a second time, the local resident managed to get off to a strong start.
Despite that, Collier led going into Old Hall Corner and by the end of his second lap he had increased his lead to two seconds.
Guiver had to settle for his third second-place finish of the season, which put him in a strong position going into race two.
“I have to be happy with that as we have had brake problems all through practice and qualifying. It was a very uncomfortable race thinking more about the brakes than the race,” said Guiver.
“Hats off to Joe, he was on it, I did my best to catch him. We have just got to go back and get to the bottom of these problems.”
Guiver started race two brilliantly, as he forged into the lead ahead of pole-sitter Collier and soon the pair pulled away from the chasing pack.
But on lap three, the Rainham racer went wide at Lodge Corner and his rival took full advantage to retake the lead.
Moments later and Guiver suffered more misfortune as he ran off the track, but luckily he rjoined safely, although now he was down to sixth.
Despite the disappointment, he fought back gamely and worked his way up to fourth before having to accept defeat in his pursuit of Collier.
Guiver’s fourth-place finish in race two saw him drop to second in the championship lead after a dramatic weekend of racing.