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Despite problems whilst lining up 5th on the grid, it was Lewis Rollo who made one of the best starts to Race 1, with the Highsparks Motorsport racer soon leading the opening lap around Oulton Park after passing pole-sitter Levi Day (Boast Racing).

As the race progressed it was Rollo and local racer Sean Neary (Zoek Racing Team) who were battling it out at the front, having swapped positions several times. Neary was leading in the latter stages but on the final lap, Rollo lost the front of his bike and crashed out, allowing Neary to go on and claim his first victory of the year.

Rob Guiver (Ducati Romford / Hyside Racing) who had been posting fastest lap after fast lap, fought through the pain barrier to bring his 959 Panigale home in 2nd place. Rollo’s last-lap retirement promoted Sam Middlemas (Salus Improved Inspectors / Albany Shed Co) into the final podium position, his best finish of the season to date.

Sam Coventry (AOR/YESSS Electrical Racing) scored an impressive 6th placed finish having started from the very back of the grid. But it was another race to forget for pole-sitter Levi Day (Boast Plumbing), brake issues resulting in his 3rd consecutive non-points finish.

Rob Guiver’s fastest lap of 1:41.187 sees him line up for Race 2 tomorrow at the front of the grid, with race winner Neary in 2nd and Phil Atkinson (Highsparks Motorsport) 3rd.

Sean Neary (Zoek Racing Team #10) – 1st
“My plan was to get away at the start, get towards the front and see what the others have got. I stuck behind Rollo and he was riding well but there were a few areas where I was stronger. So, I got by him and I could see plus nought on my board but I just kept me calm. I kept a bit in reserve, easy to say that now, but in the end he came underneath and made a mistake. I’m just so happy to get the win. Thanks to Zoek Racing Team, all the help from Maxton Suspension and everyone for sticking by me.”

Rob Guiver (Ducati Romford / Hyside Racing #13) – 2nd
“They held us at the start and I was looking at the lady on the start grid and as I looked round and back the lights had gone out. Ah, no! I proper messed the start up. I just got my head down. To be fair, everything real felt good to about 3 laps towards the end and then the pain real kicked in my hand. But it was more the straights than round the turns. Obviously trying to hold on over the bumps and the wind… it was like someone was stabbing my hand with a dagger. It was just one of them where I had to grit my teeth. I just kept pushing. I didn’t want to slow down and lose the rhythm so I just kept going and going and going. Little bit gutted but pleased to bring it home.”

Sam Middlemas (Salus Improved Inspectors / Albany Shed Co #5) – 3rd
“Amazing. It’s been a while since I’ve been on the podium, the last time was the end of 2016. To be honest, I thought I was 4th, came in and got directed into here [winner’s enclosure] and I couldn’t believe it. Take it as it comes. I know Lewis went down, hope he’s ok. Just got to say a massive thanks to Paul Morris from Salus Building Compliance, Fred Burbridge from Albany Shed Gate, they’ve stuck by me for a couple of years now. We had a terrible start to the season and this has just made up for it really, in one race! So, I’m absolutely over the moon. Big well done to Sean for winning at his local round. Hopefully we can get back up here more often now.”