Rainham racer Guiver roars to second-place finish after weak start at Oulton Park
PUBLISHED: 16:00 10 May 2018
Rainham racer Rob Guiver, who rides the Ducati Panigali 959 for Hyside Racing of Romford, had a tough but rewarding Bank Holiday Weekend competing in the Ducati Tri Options Cup at Oulton Park in Cheshire.
Guiver finished second and set the fastest lap in both races and now stands second in the Championship, only nine points behind the leader Sean Neary.
On Friday, he set the fourth fastest time in practice and then qualified in third place which put him on the front row of the grid for race one on Saturday.
In race one there was a slight delay and a slightly unsettled Guiver made a slow start which dropped him down the field to eighth place.
He soon recovered, however, and set about chasing down the leaders passing Compton, Rollo and Middlemass in quick succession to take fifth place.
Not content with this, Guiver carried on apace passing Cheetham, Wainwright and Morphet to take the chequered flag in a storming finish, only 1.180 seconds behind the winner and current series leader Neary.
In race two on Sunday Guiver had another bad start.
At the end of lap one he had dropped from pole position to fifth place which he held until the next lap.
He then regrouped and gradually overhauled Atkinson, Neary and Rollo and by lap five had taken second spot.
But it was at this point that back markers came into play and Guiver was unable to catch the leader Levi Day, eventually finishing in a creditable second place.
“It was a tough weekend,”said Guiver. “But we came away with two good results and closed down the championship lead.
“The first race was hard due to a delay at the start. A rider had a problem and we were held on the grid. I was looking around to see what was going on and when I looked back the lights went out.
“I proper messed up the start and was down in 10th at one point. But I got my head down and just went for it.
“I really suffered with my injured hand with about three laps to go, but I just gritted my teeth and brought it home for second. I was really pleased with the result.
“It was still a great weekend, two podiums and second in the championship, only nine points off the lead.”