Sean Neary claims his 2nd win of the season in Race 2 at Brands Hatch

Sean Neary (SMC Racing) made up for his Race 1 disappointment after standing on the top step at Brands Hatch today.

Despite leading in the opening stages, Neary was passed by current Ducati Cup champion Rob Guiver (Premier Security / Ducati Romford Racing) on Lap 5. Guiver posted the fastest lap of the race around the the GP circuit on Lap 7 with a time of 1:29s only to then slide out of the race at Druids on his next lap.

Josh Day ( Racing Team) inherited the lead but with his championship contender out of the race he waved Neary on through, opting to take home some safe points in 2nd, with Neary racing on towards the chequered flag to claim his 2nd win of the season.

The battle for third ran to the closing stages of the race, with David Shoubride (Old Garage Legends) getting the better of Sam Middlemas (Boast Plumbing / Salus Approved Inspectors) on the penultimate lap to claim his maiden Ducati Cup podium finish.

Day’s two podium finishes see him extend his lead at the top of the Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup championship with a total of 166 points. Guiver remains 2nd with 123 points and Neary jumps from 5th to 3rd with 107 points.

Sean Neary (SMC Racing #10) – Race 2, 1st
“It doesn’t get any better than that to be honest. I got a decent enough start and I thought I’d just see what the pace was like. But I did too may laps in qualifying really. 3 or 4 laps into the race I was really struggling and the front was tucking in quite a lot of areas. And then we were all pushing and unfortunately for Guiver he went down. You never want to see someone go down. It kind of changed the race a bit then. I think Josh was thinking about the championship. I just thought, right now’s my chance, and put the hammer down. I was really, really pushing. I wanted that win. Luckily there weren’t any more laps because there was nothing left of my front tyre. Massive thank you to the team. I’m absolutely made up to get another win. To have a consistent weekend as well is really important. Well done to Josh, he’s had another solid weekend, we just need to slow him down a bit and then we can claw some points back!”

Josh Day ( Racing Team #2) – Race 2, 2nd
“I got a good start and got away, which is unlike me, but I didn’t have an answer for the boys in the first half of the race. Sean came past and then Guiver came past and I managed to reel them back in. I wanted to win the race after yesterday where I felt like I could have won. But seeing Guiver go down it’s quite hard not to think of the championship. So, I gave Sean a cheeky little wave by. You can’t take nothing away from him. He would have pushed me all the way, you don’t know the outcome. I’m not saying he had it easy, he deserved that.

Bigger picture, I’m happy. Another podium. I’m having a wicked time. The Ducati championship is brilliant. It’s great to see Sean back on the pace. The first couple of rounds he wasn’t where we knew he should be. It’s nice to have somebody else up there other than me a Guiver and fair play to Shouey as well. Unlucky to Guiver and well done to everyone else. Roll on next round.”

David Shoubride (Old Garage Legends #86) – Race 2, 3rd
“It goes down as my best race for sure. My dad couldn’t be here this weekend for the whole duration but he got here for every outing. To give him a pot on Father’s Day, I’m over the moon, ecstatic.”