Sean Neary bagged his first Ducati TriOptions Cup win of the year as he split victories with Levi Day at Oulton Park this weekend.
The Zoek Racing Team man now leads the series points tally, while Rob Guiver slots into second ahead of Josh Wainwright.
But it all started in dramatic fashion as Highsparks Motorsports’ Lewis Rollo looked to be out of race one before it even began after throwing his hand in the air with a technical problem on the grid.
Miraculously, the Scotsman not only managed to get going again, but also make a lightning start from the middle of the second row and slot into second just behind pole-man Levi Day.
Rollo nabbed the lead at Island Bend, but Boast Plumbing’s Day took it right back at the Shell Oils before Rollo once again levered him aside at Hislop’s.
But Day suffered an issue a few laps in and slipped down the order, leaving Neary to chase Rollo, and he pipped the Scot on lap five to take over at the front.
South African Phil Atkinson gave chase in third, but had to make an early exit after his Ducati started puffing smoke and he was black-flagged on lap six.
Rollo and Neary continued to battle backmarkers until the very last lap, when Rollo made a lunge for the lead at Old Hall and lost the front, along with any hopes of victory.
From there, Neary cruised to his first win since Thruxton last year with just over a second to spare over Ducati Romford / Hyside Racing’s Rob Guiver, with Sam Middlemas nabbing third on the Salus Approved Inspectors machine.
In this afternoon’s second one-make series race, Day led lights-to-flag to redeem his 29th place finish from yesterday and move up to seventh in the championship standings with his first trip to the top step since the Donington season opener.
While Rollo looked on for a runner-up finish in the early laps, he was soon pushed off the podium by third-placed Neary and second-placed Guiver, the latter of whom clawed his way back through the pack after a disastrous start.