Be Wiser PBM Ducati
Sun, 23 Jul 2017
Rob Guiver (Ducati Romford / Hyside Motorcycles) was cruelly denied his chance at doing the double as Brands as his second race of the weekend was over before it began. On the warm up lap there was a coming together with Taryn Skinner (Highsparks Motorsport), causing title challenger Guiver to crash out with two suspected broken hands. The incident also resulted in Nick Ford (Tech 5 Racing), Nicky Wilson (NWR) and Mike Tustin (TeamMTR) crashing out of the race and is currently under investigation.
After being red-flagged with the restarted race was reduced to just 6 laps.
Jonathan Railton (Boast Plumbing) got a good start from the front row as the lights went out to lead pole-sitter Joe Collier (Boast Plumbing) and Mark Cheetham (Highsparks Motorsport) as the riders entered Druids.
Sean Neary (Zoek Racing Team) soon passed Cheetham for 3rd before Collier managed to pass Railton to take the lead on Lap 2. Neary was then the next rider to pass Railton before the trio started to pull away from the rest of the field.
Neary posted the fastest lap of the race on Lap 5, but despite this was not able to get the better of Collier, who took his 8th win of the season. Neary crossed the finish line just 0.179s behind in 2nd, with Railton a further 1.273s behind him in 3rd.
Despite starting on the back of Row 10, David Shoubridge was able to make a pass on Skinner on the final lap to become the first 889 finisher in 10th place.
Before Race 2 there just 6.5 points difference between championship leader Collier and Guiver. But with Race 1 winner Guiver out of action, Collier extends his championship lead over his title-rival this weekend by 13 points, having now amassed a total of 200.5. Phil Atkinson (Highsparks Motorsport) currently sits 3rd in the championship with 131 points.
Joe Collier (Boast Plumbing #4) – 1st
“Really busy day. Unfortunately, the Supersport race didn’t go to plan but just learning with that bike and seeing how it goes. But with the Ducati we seem to be making big progress. In yesterday’s race in the wet we seem to have got a good setting now. So, going forward we know what we’re doing in the wet. But today it was just a bit of a shame that the lads fell off at the start. Obviously, Rob went down as well, which is never good because you like to race everyone in the race. But I made the most of it, enjoyed it and onwards to Thruxton.”
Sean Neary (Zoek Racing Team #10) – 2nd
“I’m made up with that. You know it’s not good with what happened to Rob at the start and you never want to see that. He’s a really good lad so hopefully he’s not too bad and not injured. But the race itself, I’m made up. We’ve been struggling, there’s no doubt about it. Struggles to get it set-up and struggled to get it quite right but that time we took a gamble on the setup and it’s much more how I want it. Hopefully, as long as it works on the other tracks then we should be back there consistently. Massive thank you to the Zoek Racing Team, Ducati Coventry and all the sponsors for sticking by me because it’s been a tough few months but we never give up and we’ll be back.”
Jonathan Railton (Boast Plumbing #2) – 3rd
“Great start, nice to lead it. Shame in the end I couldn’t challenge Joe and Sean more. But firstly, sad to see the guys go down. No-one wants to see that and hopefully the guys are ok. Happy with the weekend. Two podiums, two strong points scoring results which we’ve been lacking with a couple of DNFs. Looking forward to Thruxton.”
David Shoubridge (#86) – 1st (899)
“I can’t believe it. Honestly, it’s just such a shock. I didn’t qualify yesterday, didn’t do the first race. So, started from the back today, it was amazing to get this. That’s what I came here for so I’m well chuffed, over the moon.”