Josh ‘Reggie’ Wainwright, the Premier Security Consultants backed rider on board the Ducati Romford / Hyside Racing machine, stormed to another podium finish on Sunday at the final TriOptions Cup race of the season at Assen in Holland.
Josh, who replaced the injured Rob Guiver on the Hyside-Romford machine, backed up his third place finish at Silverstone last month with another third in Sunday’s second race at Assen. He looked hugely competitive in a strong field and looked to have shed the disappointment of crashing out of Saturday’s race after starting on pole position.
The race was won by Joe Collier who claimed a dominant 12th win to seal the Championship title. Starting from 8th on the grid, the Boast Plumbing rider was soon in action at the front of the race, passing Highsparks Motorsport’s Mark Cheetham and Phil Atkinson to take 2nd place behind race leader Josh Wainwright (Ducati Romford / Hyside Racing).
Meanwhile there was drama on the opening lap as Sean Neary (Zoek Racing Team), who was battling for 2nd in the championship, crashed out of a front-running position ending his season prematurely.
On the 2nd lap Collier took the lead from Wainright. Levi Day (Boast Plumbing) was then on a charge moving up to 2nd and posting the fastest lap of the race on Lap 4 with 1:42.640. He kept Collier honest for several laps but ultimately Collier was able to bridge a gap and went on take another dominant win, his 12th of the season.
Day crossed the chequered flag in 2nd, while Wainwright just got the better of Atkinson, to finish 0.045s ahead of the South African to claim the final podium spot.
Afterwards, Josh said: “Shame we had a crash yesterday in the race because that would’ve given me a bit more confidence to go from the start. And the start I got yesterday dropped me from pole to all the way out of the top 10 so I knew I had to just get away with them. I was surprised I got a really good start, took the lead.
“The setup on the bike just felt a little bit too soft but manageable to stay with the pack. And I just tried to conserve myself knowing that these two boys at the front, Levi and Joe, were just in another league today. So, well done to them. I’m over the moon for the team. To get the bike rebuilt from last night to get out on track, just happy days.”
Despite missing the final five races of the season due to his horrendous crash at Brands Hatch, Rob Guiver still finished sixth in the TriOptions Cup Championship.
Top 10 Championship finishers
- Joe Collier (Boast Plumbing) 329.5 points
- Phil Atkinson (Highsparks Motorsport) 193 points
- Levi Day (Boast Plumbing) 185.5 points
- Jonathan Railton (Boast Plumbing) 182.5 points
- Sean Neary (Zoek Racing Team) 177 points
- Rob Guiver (Ducati Romford / Hyside Racing)169 points
- Mark Cheetham (Highsparks Motorsport) 151points
- David Ferns (Team DFR) 119.5 points
- Sam Middlemas (Salus / Albany) 101 points
- Taryn Skinner* (Highsparks Motorsport) 68.5 points