Be Wiser PBM Ducati
Sun, 09 Sep 2018
Pole sitter Lewis Rollo (Highsparks Motorsports) may have led the opening lap after another great start, but it was Rob Guiver, who was looking to wrap up the Ducati championship today, who made his intentions clear in Race 2 when he took the lead around the Silverstone National circuit on the 2nd lap.
By two thirds race distance Guiver had built up over a second lead over Rollo with Sean Neary (Zoek Racing Team) holding 3rd place. Guiver extended this lead even further to take the chequered flag with a 3.5s margin. The double win marked Guiver’s 8th victory of the season, but more importantly secured the Ducati Cup championship for the Essex rider.
Rollo collected his 5th consecutive 2nd place, with Neary claiming the final podium position. Rollo’s teammate Phil Atkinson finished 4th, while Josh Wainwright won the race-long battle for 5th just ahead of his Boast Plumbing teammate Levi Day.
Rob Guiver (Ducati Romford / Hyside Racing #13) – 1st
“Got to say, hats off to the team. They’ve been with me through thick and thin. My wife, my family, we put so much in, but people don’t see. Money, time, effort. And to have a year like we’ve had, it’s been a great year. And to win the championship like that, it’s the way I wanted to win it. Everyone was saying you don’t have to win your race, but I was going out to win there today, no matter what. And to win that race and the championship, I’m over the moon. Speechless.”
Lewis Rollo (Highsparks Motorsports #88) – 2nd
“We started the weekend off good in the first Free Practice and Qualifying but it never went to plan. Got a good start, finished 2nd yesterday. Pole today, got away in the lead but we made changes last night and they weren’t the best. I just kept folding the front and Rob came past. When I was trying to push to keep up with him and he’d pull a bit down the straight and I’d push on the corners but just kept folding the front. So, I got a lead on 3rd and thought I’d settle for 2nd and just keep getting points. But we’re still pushing for this win. And you can’t take anything away from Rob. Like Sean says, he’s a great rider, he hits his apex and just keeps the bike flowing. And once he gets a lead it’s hard to keep up with him. But it’s good he’s got the championship and we can just push for a 2nd place now.
Sean Neary (Zoek Racing Team #10) – 3rd
“We’ve really struggled here, there’s no secret about that. I was pretty down last night but we made a pretty radical change which was pretty risky going into the race but the whole bike was miles better, the gearing, the balance of the bike. I didn’t quite have the pace to these lads but well done to Lewis, he rode great. And fair play to Rob. Obviously, we all come here and want the title but after the year he had last year. You know, it doesn’t mean I don’t want to beat him, but fair play for him doing that. Big thanks to my team for sticking by me.