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Donington BSB: Day wins to lead Ducati Cup

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Josh Day powered into the lead of the Ducati TriOptions Cup this weekend as he and Sean Neary split wins while defending champ Rob Guiver crashed out.

Neary nipped victory from rider Day on Saturday as Guiver retired, but Day bolstered his new championship advantage with a wet weather win this afternoon.

Guiver and Day took off at the start as the usual order ensued, with the championship front-runners taking control of the action.

And while it looked to be a tight fight, Guiver binned it at Coppice and put an end to his championship lead as he lost the front and ploughed into the gravel.

Although Day looked to be on for an almost assured victory, he was passed by SMC Racing’s Neary in the closing corners of the race and had to settle for second and the championship lead as Neary bagged his first win in over a year.

In a severely wet race two, Day looked to take the lead on the depleted grid, but Highsparks man Mark Cheetham shot to the front as the pack headed down Craner for the first time while Dean Brown slotted into second.

But behind them, Sam Middlemas dived up the inside of Atkinson at Roberts before taking Day at Redgate to take over third.

Back at the front, however, it was a sore end to the day for Cheetham who, with a nearly three second lead, hit the deck at Coppice and binned his hopes of victory.

Day assumed the lead but Middlemas and Atkinson were hot on his heels before Middlemas dropped down the order thanks to a huge save at Mcleans.

But it wasn’t long before Danny Shaw caught up to Atkinson and passed the South African before setting his sights on Day, passing the series leader at Starkey’s with two laps to go.

Shaw had a big moment just a few corners later, however, and Day closed the gap to pass him heading into Redgate on the final lap.

And despite a wobble at Coppice, Day hung on to snatch victory 0.647s over FML Motorsport’s Shaw as new Art of Racing squad recruit Atkinson clinched his second podium of the weekend a further second adrift.

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