Rainham racer Guiver claims second victory of the season
PUBLISHED: 13:00 26 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:51 27 July 2017
Rob Guiver claimed his second win of the season at his home track Brands Hatch.
The Ducati Romford and Hyside Racing team member cut the championship lead chase on Joe Collier down to 6.5 points in the series.
Guiver lined-up at the front of the grid at Brands Hatch for the race after scoring his first pole of the season during qualifying on Friday.
The action was initially delayed as rain started to fall and a wet race was declared with the distance reduced from 12 laps to eight.
Railton started strong and took the lead while pole-sitter Guiver’s poor start saw him drop all the way down to seventh.
The Rainham-based racer was not to be outdone and by the time the third lap started he had made it back up to fifth spot.
He went on to pass Jon Waghorn for fourth before passing championship leader Collier on the 4th lap to take 3rd position.
Guiver was on a charge in the wet conditions, getting the better of Atkinson for second and had Railton in his sights who had led the entire race so far.
It wasn’t long before he got the better of Railton to take the race lead.
As the race moved into its last quarter the rain was coming down heavily, bringing out the red flag and ending the race prematurely.
Guiver claimed his second win of the season, with Railton and Atkinson finishing in second and third respectively.
“I’m lost for words,” he said.
“The last 5 years in the wet I’ve just had no confidence in the rain at all and it was the same again sitting on the grid waiting to go.
“I just thought I’m going to drop back and back and back, but I just felt so comfortable.
“Every slide I felt good, even when I’d lost it and my feet were off the peg I still felt comfortable and I could push.
“I was just smiling and I was thinking to myself what’s going on, I’ve just taken the lead of the race.
“During the last two laps the rain was getting really heavy so it was a good call to stop it.
“I’m absolutely over the moon.”
After winning race one Guiver was cruelly denied his chance of doing the double as his second race of the weekend was over before it began, as he crashed out with two suspected broken hands on the warm-up lap.