Guiver and Atkinson were wheel-to-wheel off the line and it looked like it was going to be yet another close race. However, Guiver duplicated the talent he had demonstrated in qualifying and held his lead.
Guiver and Atkinson quickly pulled away from the pack, leaving behind the scrabble for third between Tom Weeden, Tom Hayward, Chrissy Rouse and Piers Hutchins. By lap five the frontrunners had put five seconds between them and the rest of the grid.
By lap six Atkinson was no longer able to compete as Guiver pulled four seconds away from the South African. From then on their was no doubt the Essex boy would claim his seventh win in TTC.
Race winner Guiver was thrilled with the result: “I knew I was quite a lot faster from qualifying but Phil normally ups the pace and for some reason he didn’t. I seemed to gel really well with the track really quickly, and I love riding the new Snetterton 300, so I’m really pleased.”
Atkinson commented: “I tried to make a pass on Rob and it didn’t work, then I ran wide on a couple of hairpins, and once we had the gap between us I just couldn’t match his pace and keep up.”
The extreme heat this weekend caused radiator problems for both James Egan and Tom Ward, who qualified fourth and fifth on the grid, meaning neither would start the race. This was great news for Tom Weeden, Tom Hayward and Chrissy Rouse who had a clean run and the top three on the grid.
Off the line Piers Hutchins lost out to Weeden, Hayward and Rouse, pushing him from third to sixth. However, by lap four, Hutchins had found some pace and regained all three positions.
Rouse and Hayward were quick to follow Hutchins past Weeden. By the next lap Rouse had past Hayward and began chasing Hutchins. He caught the Londoner across the line the following lap but the two riders continued to fight for position, swapping places throughout lap eight and looking as though they may take each other out. Rouse was able to hold the position and Valter Patronen also managed to pass the Diablo 666 rider on the last lap.
Rouse, third overall, told us: “I got a good start from eighth and just worked my way through. I had some really good battles and I’m just really pleased to get a podium. I managed to knock two seconds off my time today and I think there’s still a bit more to come.”
Hutchins commented: “It was a really good race, you can’t really ask for much better. Chrissy and I were having a really good battle, and typically when you do that you end up slowing each other down and the others catch you up. It got a bit close on a few corners were we almost took each other out trying to get that third place overall.”
Dan Fuller also had a great race, managing to pass both Christian Elkin and Gavin Little, and finishing second in the Premier Class followed by Will Leaning who came 12th overall.