Rainham’s Rob Guiver all smiles after great Easter weekend at Brands Hatch in Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup
PUBLISHED: 16:00 19 April 2017
Joe Collier’s black flag allowed Guiver to claim an opening win of the season to send him top of the league standings
Rainham’s Rob Guiver kept his cool to claim a first win of the season in the second round of the Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup last weekend at Brands Hatch.
The Hyside Motorcycles driver moved to the top of the standings after an excellent Easter period with a second-place and first-place finish.
Joe Collier won the first race at Brands Hatch to make it three wins out of three for the Boast Plumbing driver with Guiver second.
It meant Collier started from pole in the second race of the weekend, but started poorly and it allowed the Rainham resident to take over at the top.
Guiver posted the fastest lap of the race (47.501) after Collier’s right-hand fairing came loose, which resulted in a black flag.
Although it was nervy in the end, the Hyside Motorcyles driver held on for the win by just 1.8 seconds ahead of Jonathon Railton.
It means Guiver tops the standings with 71 points – 9.5 ahead of Collier going into the next round at Oulton.
Guiver said: “It feels awesome. I am really, really made up. We have been struggling a lot with the new bike and we made a bit of a radical change.
“Big thanks to K-Tech because they really helped me out. To be honest the race for me was always going to be won or lost with the traffic.
“I knew it’d always come down to that, so I just tried to get a good start, to get my head down and to try and pull a tiny bit of a gap.
“But with the traffic, I caught everyone in all the wrong spots and just thought the others would all be on top of me.
“Fortunately I could see by my pit board that they were all getting caught up as well so I could maintain the gap.
“I saw a black flag for Joe so obviously that made things a bit easier as well and massive thanks to the team. Everybody’s working well and we’re getting there with the new bike. Hopefully at Oulton we’ll make another step forward.”
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